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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