California Speed

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Nintendo 64

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ArcadeAll Game Guide
If you can win any of the races in this game, you'll get to race again. This game isn't too hard to win, so you should get a chance to do your Dan Akroyd impersonation twice if you so desire.
Nintendo 64Nintendo Power Magazine
The graphics may not be as stunning as in some games, but the sense of speed is realistic and the learning curve is well-paced. For players who want an arcade experience, Speed may fit the bill. This is just a touched up version of Cruisin' USA.
Nintendo 64The Video Game Critic
The cars don't look so hot, and the roads are wide open with few obstacles (although there are a few shortcuts). The controls are limited to accelerate and brake, with no speed boosts or power-ups. The single-player mode is fun but limited in play value, and the two-player split screen mode is only fair. At least you get to see a picture of a fabulous babe when you win.
Nintendo 64Video Games
Die recycelte SF-Rush-1-Grafikengine mit vernebelten Sichtweiten vermag keine animierten Streckenobjekte, aufwendige Crashs oder Enviroment-Mapping darzustellen. Die elf Musikstücke fallen unter die Kategorie gehobene Durchschnittsware. Unterschiedliche Fahreigenschaften und präzisere Steuerung der Vehikel vermißt man ebenso wie einen für N64-Racer typischen 4-Spieler-Modus. Wer einmal alle Locations abgegrast hat, macht dieses Modul zum Schrankbewohner - somit ein klassischer Fall fürs Videotheksregal.
Nintendo 64All Game Guide
While the graphics and speed have taken noticeable hits from the Arcade version, these won't be serious issues if you simply want to drive around without feeling frustrated. On that note, the game succeeds. California Speed is a game where braking is optional and the cars all essentially handle the same. It is a game where there are no tricks, stunts or crashes to worry about, and it is a game best suited for younger audiences based on the simple play mechanics and forgiving courses. Needless to say, seasoned racing vets will want to pull off this road at the nearest exit.
Nintendo 64GameSpot
If you worship the looks and gameplay style of Midway's Rush series, this game just makes the grade. But if you think arcade racers are as burned-out as a Hollywood has-been, or as shallow as a bubbly bimbo from Los Angeles, California Speed offers very little to change your mind.
Nintendo 64IGN
California Speed arrives years too late. It's inferior to Cruis'n World in graphics, sound and gameplay and entertains only because of the novelty value of some of its tracks. Racing down a rollercoaster or through a UFO in California Speed is only amusing the first time around -- there just isn't enough excitement to be found here, even when racing with two players. I suggest giving this game a rental, if you must, then bring it back once you've seen all the tracks. It's like a sightseeing tour in a bus with fogged-up windows. Younger players will enjoy it because it requires little skill and can be played with one hand while doing homework with the other. Older players stay clear.
Nintendo 64Total! (Germany)
Die Grafik von California Speed ist zwar bunt, aber dermaßen detailarm und verschwommen, daß auch dadurch keine große Freude aufkommen mag. Selbst die Tatsache, daß die Kurse ziemlich ausgedehnt sind, kann man dem Spiel nicht wirklich zugute halten, wenn man sich ansieht, wie es zu den langen Fahrzeiten kommt. Besonders markante Streckenabschnitte werden einfach ein paarmal aneinandergehängt. So durchkurvt Ihr zum Beispiel ein Kaufhaus ganze viermal, was Euch spätestens beim dritten Anlauf keinen Spaß mehr machen dürfte. Die Automatenumsetzung wirkt lieblos programmiert und bietet keine neuen Ideen. Die Strecken stellen, selbst für Anfänger, keine Herausforderung dar, und der technische Rahmen hinkt dem Standard deutlich hinterher. Wer sich für die Thematik des Spiels interessiert, sollte lieber zu Cruis'n World oder Rush 2 greifen, die auf jeden Fall mehr zu bieten haben als California Speed, das in Kürze auch bei uns in Deutschland erscheinen wird.