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Speed Racer: The Videogame

by: Finn Orfano ; edited by: Aaron R. ; updated: 5/25/2012 • Leave a comment

Jump into pure adrenalin on two wheels with Speed Racer: The Videogame and teach your little racer that dad is still the king of this track. Fathers and sons who like vehicles, driving fast and furious, and a little Car Fu on the racetrack will love the different unlockable vehicles.

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    Screenshots

    Choose a car and go for a drive 

    Let the fates decide 

    Don't get tunnel vision 

    Split second timing 

    The sensation of uncontrollable speed 

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    Introduction

    The Wachowski Brothers film Speed Racer created a buzz in racing fanatics that rivaled their much loved The Matrix Trilogy in popularity. The death-defying hero riding the fine edge of death's scythe has always incited love and envy in fans wishing they could be the racing hero, loved by all the girls and guys, and the one everybody wants to be.

    Speed Racer: The Videogame speeds is a speed-demon that offers lovers of adrenalin filled racing titles the drug they have been dreaming of, with carnage at breakneck speeds and competitive racing that is fun and enjoyable. Gamers who love the combative drving of Mario Kart Wii, will love the way Speed Racer: The Videogame pumps adrealin straight into your blood stream, like gas into a gas tank.

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    Speed Racer: The Videogame Story

    Speed Racer: The Videogame is a slightly cartoon-like translation of the Speed Racer movie that allows gamers to compete in the World Racing League's 18 challenging championships, on brightly colored tracks composed of loops and twists, bumping and crashing into nearly twenty other opponents, and competing to be world champion. The vehicular violence you can do to opponents at 300 mph makes Speed Racer: The Videogame fun and enjoyable for all ages with the Wii experience of using the Wii remote to control your vehicle. The controls are responsive once you learn the motions you need to make with the Wii remote to perform your Car Fu on your opponents, spin into an opponent or hop on top of his car, strafe back and forth between them and gain speed.

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    The Good

    Speed Racer is a good game that is an enjoyable and fun Wii experience that transmits the use of the interactive ability of the Wii console, pretty well. This game uses the popular formula of speed and racing to provide gamers of all ages the racing experience, throw in high-speed fights using futuristic-looking vehicles and a number of unlockable characters to spruce up the competiton and let the races begin.

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    The Bad

    The auto-steering feature included by designers is unnecessary, once you learn how to navigate the vehicle around the twisting, turning and looping tracks. Although many gamers will be glad to have the auto-steering when they punch the quadruple-stacked booster on the way into the "zone" to gain invincibility and extra speed. Sidhe didn't include the option for on line play, something that is sure to keep it back in the pack of today's racing games.

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    Graphics

    The beautiful graphics in Speed Racer: The Videogame adds visual intensity to the sensation of speed that this title creates, although the frame rate can occasionally slow down. The images and scenes in Speed Racer: The Videogame aren't as good as the graphical images in the movie and people who have seen the movie will notice this.

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    Audio

    The Speed Racer: The Videogame soundtrack and well synchronized sound effects round out a well designed racing game by Sidhe Interactive. The use of the proper background songs at the right time enhances the action occurring on the screen and Sidhe has obviously put a little thought into this.

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    Gameplay

    The Wii experience has been well transmitted to this title, the Wii remote or Wii Wheel provide sensitive control of the vehicle, after a few minutes you wonder why you ever needed a thumb.

    To overcome the A.I. and unlock additional tracks and character-racers, you will need to place at least third in the single players mode. Not a particularly hard challenge, but one that could have a few gamers cursing the cars of the A.I. as they rubber band around the track.

    You can earn bonus points for the fastest lap, cauisng the most damage, so you can be champion without actually winning every race.

    Players can choose to race in single races or the full championship (you will need the autosave feature during this part of the game), but Sidhe hasn't included a one against one racing scenario with Speed Racer: The Videogame, something that makes this title suffer a bit.

    Sidhe did include a multiplayer mode, but it only has two races, hardly enough for a satisfying racing experience for friends and foe.

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    Replayability

    Speed Racer: The Videogame has a few hours of 400 mph racing fun on bright race tracks that twist and turn, loop and corkscrew around as you perform Car Fu on opponents on your way to being world champion. Designers included 18 different championships, 20 different character racers, and a Wii experience that is unlike any racing game you have tried before. Gamers who just enjoy racing and trying different moves will always find replay enjoyment, but if you want to build up a character, your out of luck.

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    Conclusion

    Speed Racer: The Videogame makes productive use of the Wii experience to provide gamers who love a racing game an interactive racing experience they will love. For entertainment starved gamers who saw and loved the movie, Speed Racer: The Videogame will give you another jolt of adrenalin, and give you a chance to show your little dynamo's that you can still teach them a thing or two. Just don't forget the popcorn.

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