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Pole Position II, the pack-in game for the Atari 7800, was the third Pole Position game released for Atari home systems. Although it is arguably the best of that trio, it still has some problems of its own which prevent it from being an excellent game in its own regard.
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The races themselves are fair, but the animation is pretty choppy, and the handling is not what I'd call precise. Even the audio sounds messed up, with your engine sounds cutting out whenever you roll over the shoulder. The scenery is minimal, except for those annoying Atari signs that appear every 50 feet or so. Although the instructions recommend using the standard two-button 7800 controller to allow for accelerating and braking, you'll want to ditch that thing like a bad habit and use your favorite 2600 joystick instead. Who needs a brake in a racing game for Pete's sake?! Isn't the idea to go fast? Duh! For a game this basic, Atari screwed it up as only they could have. That company's incompetence always amazed me. Was this expected to compete with the NES and Super Mario Bros? Give me a [expletive] break!