What's Your Favorite Driving/Racing Game Ever?

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Post by paranoid marvin » Sat Feb 02, 2008 9:54 pm

I'd have certainly have had NES Excite-Bike in the chart before th eN64 version

I would also have included Enduro Racer
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Post by Devious » Sat Feb 02, 2008 10:00 pm

paranoid marvin wrote:I'd have certainly have had NES Excite-Bike in the chart before th eN64 version

I would also have included Enduro Racer
Two very nice ones. :D

I enjoy Suzuki Alstare Extreme Racing for the Dreamcast

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Post by paranoid marvin » Sat Feb 02, 2008 10:04 pm

Bike games in the arcade always seemed to be more immersive than the car based ones - with the odd exception (eg Outrun) the control system of having to actually lean the bike made for what felt like close to the real thing , especially in the case of Hang On and Enduro Racer , where you physically had to pull a wheelie
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Post by Dudley » Sat Feb 02, 2008 10:05 pm

There's very few really good bike games, just because the experience of riding is so much more disconnected from anything you can do with controllers.

That said, Super Hang on is every bit as good as Outrun, so I'm not sure why Outrun is the one in the top 25.
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Post by paranoid marvin » Sat Feb 02, 2008 10:10 pm

Dudley wrote:There's very few really good bike games, just because the experience of riding is so much more disconnected from anything you can do with controllers.

That said, Super Hang on is every bit as good as Outrun, so I'm not sure why Outrun is the one in the top 25.
Super Hang On might have been the better game (with some great soundtracks) but if memory serves , the machine you sat on was a bit naff - whereas Hang On had a massive machine to sit on . The move was probably quite brave , as it was certainly aimed at the older , larger , gamer and therefore limited its appeal
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Post by Dudley » Sat Feb 02, 2008 10:15 pm

True, if the best of is based on the arcade versions that makes some sense.

Outrun was still iffy though.
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Post by C=Style » Sat Feb 02, 2008 10:23 pm

Ive never really looked at it that way before. I still consider Outrun 3D by my own spazzy definition though. :P

Best Bike game I've ever played is Moto GP 3 on Xbox, that was superb, but took a lot of practice to get the feel for it. The bikes in PGR 4 are also handled really well, probably the best sense of speed I've felt from a biking videogame, but again takes lot's of practice to get good with them. I'll take a car over a bike any day, whether it's IRL or gaming :)
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Post by paranoid marvin » Sat Feb 02, 2008 10:36 pm

Dudley wrote:True, if the best of is based on the arcade versions that makes some sense.

Outrun was still iffy though.
Outrun was always going to be there for nostalgia purposes , but it certainly ISNT a top 25 game
I'm just suprised (and relieved) that Pole Position didnt

A shame that Konami GT didn't make it , a superb game for the time it was made (1985) - and it's criminal that Unirally makes it (which isnt even really a racer) yet both Super/Championship Sprint and SuperCars 1 or 2 don't

Also Ridge racer Revolution is a far better game than the original

Still , not a bad list overall
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Post by Devious » Sat Feb 02, 2008 10:39 pm

Dudley wrote:...Super Hang on is every bit as good as Outrun, so I'm not sure why Outrun is the one in the top 25.
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Post by Dudley » Sat Feb 02, 2008 11:25 pm

C=Style wrote:Ive never really looked at it that way before. I still consider Outrun 3D by my own spazzy definition though. :P

Best Bike game I've ever played is Moto GP 3 on Xbox, that was superb, but took a lot of practice to get the feel for it. The bikes in PGR 4 are also handled really well, probably the best sense of speed I've felt from a biking videogame, but again takes lot's of practice to get good with them. I'll take a car over a bike any day, whether it's IRL or gaming :)
The problem I have with Moto GP 3 (and indeed all the climax ones) is that the AI is dreadful, you can go 20th -1st in one corner, it doesn't react properly etc. It also has the cringeworthy "EXTR3M3!£"$%"£" mode instead of the 250/125 classes.

MotoGP4 by Namco on the PS2 has all 3 classes, a very nice AI where it takes effort to make up one place and a brilliant little career mode let down by one massive hole you can't ignore once you spot it (so I won't repeat it here).

The Climax games are great rides, but the racing has still never fixed those details.
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Post by Dudley » Sun Feb 03, 2008 1:01 am

Someone's going to love the feature in the mag :P
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Post by C=Style » Sun Feb 03, 2008 1:33 am

So, what at least were the top 5? I'm itching to know and I can't get to the shops to buy the mag till Monday.
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Post by Dudley » Sun Feb 03, 2008 10:31 am

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Post by C=Style » Sun Feb 03, 2008 3:53 pm

TBH with ya, the game AI is quite irrelevant if you are taking it online to play. That's where the most fun and competition is to be had from any racer really.
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