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R: Racing Evolution - Gamecube

by Namco
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews) 67 / 100

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  • 11 real-world and fantasy tracks
  • 8 different race types (Circuit, Rally, Drag, etc)
  • 4 game modes: the Racing Life Mode, Time Attack Mode, Arcade Mode and Vs
  • Discover an in-depth storyline as you race your way to the top, in Racing Life mode
  • New Interactive Driver AI System enhances realistic racing situations

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  • ASIN: B00009XS6P
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 6 x 1 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: April 28, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,012 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Namco's new racing title is a realistic racing simulation is the name of the game in R: Racing Evolutions, where players can customize fully licensed cars, and race in eleven fictional and real-life tracks. Four main game modes include Time Attack, Arcade Mode, Vs Mode, and the new story driven Racing Life Mode. Compete in eight different race types such as Circuit, Rally and Drag racing. Put the pressure on competing drivers with the innovative new Interactive Driver AI System, which uses a pressure gauge to recreate the battle of nerves on the


I really do appreciate Namco's desire to infuse the racing genre with a little more soul, a little more humanity. The problem is that I can't get myself to really like Rena; she really comes off as a vapid, mindless character. Since the focus of the game is supposed to be Rena, the racer, the cars and tracks are secondary. During the story mode you will rarely revisit the rides or courses of past chapters. In addition, the racing physics do nothing to redeem the title, as it never really feels like you're going the displayed speeds. On the plus side, the ambient chatter between racers is a nice touch that spurred me on, though.

Rated: 7 out of 10
Editor: Lisa Mason
Issue: February 2004

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eye candy. January 31, 2005
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I must say, the thing this game's got goin' for it is the frickin' BEAUTIFUL graphics. You will drool all over when you see how sweet this game looks....especially the replays- almost like watching a real LeMans race on TV!


Graphics: 10/10

Sound: 8/10 (Music is not annoying, but the pit guy/radio chatter is repetetive....a nice touch though.)

Replay: 9/10 (Story mode- very simple and short. There are hundreds of Event Races to race though....and you're almost inclined to get hordes of money to be able to tune your'll need the modifications to be able to win some of the gold-medal Event Races....)

Car Handling: 6/10 (This is one of the game's two downfalls. After playing games like Gran Turismo where you can powerslide around corners beautifully, this game concentrates on slowing down enough to be able to take a turn safely....although I was able to use some of the rally cars to slide around turns. Some of the cars also are hard to control after contact with a wall or another car, almost always resulting in a spin-out {and a "DAMN IT!" from the pit guy} That's another thing- once ya spin-out, it's hard to make up ground....especially in the gold and some silver races.)

Sense of speed: 5/10 (Need for Speed Underground? Now that game made you feel like you were going 125 MPH. In this game, not until I acquired the Bentley EXP 8 or whatever its called and raced on the oval did I sense any sort of speed. Not even the drags felt fast, even when I punched the nitrous. You don't feel you're going fast in this game until you're going 175-180 MPH, but by that time, it's time to brake for the tighter turn of the oval....lmao....)

Overall, this game gets 8 out of 10....if you get used to the handling, and the golf-cart's a hell of a lot of fun....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars quick and simple un-biased review February 2, 2004
By A Customer
the good- good graphics(in-game), slick presentation, great replays and story-mode cut scenes, fairly easy to access stuff plus lots of options(ways to play) to work with.
the not so good- actual races are kinda slow and un-exciting, story-mode is not that great as it feels more tacked on than anything else, in-game chatter during races gets very repetitive, only a few really good courses and one feels more licensed cars, tracks, and musical numbers should have been included.
overall, a rather lackluster, uneventful racing sim(with some arcade aspects) that does provide some fun despite its shortcomings. if you are a Gamecube only owner and want a sim-type racer, add one star(almost by default, due to a lack of racing sims, this is one of the best racing sims on the system) and a high recommendation to definitely check it out. if you are a multi-system owner or PS2 or X-box-only owner, subtract one star and a lukewarm rental recommendation is in order. but seriously, this game(while it does have its merits, and i do kinda like it) does not compare well with games like Project Gotham Racing 2 and GT4.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All around good racing game December 31, 2003
By Jon
if you like racing games youll like this game. its like gran tourismo with a story. you can race on the "circuit" as a professional race car driver or you can do "event challenges" of which there are several diffrent kinds and by my calculations well over 200 races if you want to do them all. the driving physics are good, you can definatly feel the diffrence when driving diffrent cars and the handling is pretty good. you can do a minimal ammount of modifications to your cars. you can upgrade the speed twice and modify the weight twice and thats about it. i think thats ok though because they put more details into the story and the racing action rather than haing you spend most of your game play time trying to buy every little piece for your car. overall i would say this is a must have for anybody who likes racing games. its fun, has a high replay value (ive had it for 2 weeks and im only 28% of the way through the game).
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2.0 out of 5 stars pathetic AI June 21, 2007
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
The graphics are fair. The physics (car handling) is fair to poor. There is no damage modelling. There is never any weather - always a dry track. (if you run off track though, the handling changes, more or less as it should)

What's worst is the AI of the other drivers. If you successfully follow any other opponent for more than 1/4 a lap, they get "nervous" and make a mistake. You literally can not follow anyone around on the track, in a race, and not have them screw something up so that then you can pass. It is so perfectly predictable, that you can time your moves to the mistakes they will make. Boring, boring, boring. There is absolutely no challenge in racing this game by yourself against the machine.

The only fun is in time trialing (and how much fun is that after a while?) or in dual player race mode. Also, dual player race mode clears the track of traffic, so it's only you and your partner. Pretty dull.

Best racing on the GC is still EA's Nascar Thunder 2004, in my experience. It really taught me to appreciate American Stock Car racing.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Very Satisfying January 22, 2007
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Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
The semi-third person view is not very satisfying. It would have been nice for them to detach the rear bumper-perspective and allow the true third-person detached perspective, like Burnout and Burnout 2 and most racing games. Other than that, the game has nice graphics and the racing cars are awesome. If you want to have some racing fun, then get this game. But if you want a truly satisfying all encompassing racing experience, then buy Burnout 2.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Added to my collection
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Published on December 16, 2008 by Gerardo Cabrera
1.0 out of 5 stars never received the game
We're still waiting for our order to come in the mail. It was a birthday gift for my 12-year-old son. That was a month ago. The game has not arrived.
Published on February 26, 2007 by D. Washburn
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but not so great graphics.
This game is fun, but the graphics aren't any where as good as they could be.
Published on January 11, 2007 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Monaco alone makes it worth it.
Include me in the category of those looking for a racing simulator. As far as utilizing rumble features and providing different racing views, this game ain't much, but it's... Read more
Published on January 29, 2005 by Christopher Oler
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent game
It really isnt that bad of a game. The graphics i thought were very well done. The cars look real, as well as the road. Read more
Published on July 3, 2004 by Robbie
4.0 out of 5 stars A huge dissapointment...
How hard is it to make a decent driving game these days...? After getting addicted to Need For Speed: Underground I decided to give Racing Evolution a try. Read more
Published on January 5, 2004 by Amazon Customer
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