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The Last V8 (Commodore 64)

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Written by  :  Wertzui (156)
Written on  :  Jan 26, 2012
Platform  :  Commodore 64
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Summary

A classic... a horrible classic...

The Good

It's an overhead driving game. The graphics (for the first level) are quite nice. It has a some hardly understandable speech at the beginning of each level, but this is good by C64 standards. It's got Rob Hubbard's musical blessing on it, composed from the most irritating voices into an epic soundtrack.

The Bad

IT IS INSANELY DIFFICULT! Given the most fragile car (okay, the surroundings are hostile by the story), the tightest road to go on, 1/3 rd of the screen as actual playfield and the worst controls in a driving game. This still would be okay if there wasn't that aggrieving time limit. I mean TWO TIME LIMITS! The normal time limit is already so strict, that it makes almost impossible to get through the first level. If this wasn't enough, they added a secondary time limit as a fuel bar. This is a little bit more forgiving, but is about to give a very hard time if you ever get to the second level, because it does not refill! No extra lives are given and if you die on the second level (which easily happens if you choose the wrong path), then it's all over again... NOOO! This is the worst way to expand playtime, they should have added more levels instead of ruining the game like that! Yeah, I know it was a budget game released on tape, but they could have skip those unimportant bitmap images or make the game multi-load if necessary. When you crash, you are greeted by the most nightmarish game over tune ever (this isn't really a flaw although).

The Bottom Line

Huge disappointment.