Spirit of Speed 1937 (Dreamcast)

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Plays like a game from 1937. will.i.am (1018) 1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars

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The cars are also well designed, at least in terms of the graphics. The environments, however constrictive, are nevertheless pleasant to look at. The tracks are also well varied, ranging from the Mellaha circuit in Libya to the Avus raceway in Germany. Just don't expect to have fun playing this game.
Video Games
Man hätte viel aus dieser Idee machen können. Insbesondere mit einem ausgereiften Tuningmodus, einer besseren KI und natürlich einer technisch adäquaten Performance hätte Spirit of Speed ein Freudenfest für alle Retrofans werden können. So bleibt unterm Strich nur ein bestenfalls durchschnittlicher Racer mit einer zwar guten Idee, aber nur halbherzige Umsetzung. Nur für absolute Fans und Sammler zu empfehlen.
Gaming Age
All in all, this title is worth a purchase at a mere 25 dollars, if you really need a racing game. If you can't wait for the countless other, and better Dreamcast racing titles, I'm sure Spirit of Speed with do nicely for a while. Just don't plan on re-living any moments afterwards.
Un thème original mais une réalisation ratée font de ce titre un jeu qui ne restera pas dans les mémoires. L’amateur de jeu de course n’y trouvera aucun intérêt et ceux qui aiment les voitures anciennes crieront à l’hérésie.
Mega Fun
Ich hatte mir schon einige Hoffnungen gemacht, was den Spaßfaktor anbelangt, mit alten Kisten über die Pisten zu brettern. Doch ich wurde herb enttäuscht. Was einem hier sowohl fahrerisch als auch technisch geboten wird, ist eigentlich nicht der Rede wert. Das Fahrverhalten der Boliden entspricht höhergelegten Badewannen. Ferner zeichnet sich die Grafik durch unterdurchschnittliche Attribute aus. Selten wirkten DC-Kurse derart monoton, obgleich die historischen Vorbilder einiges zu bieten gehabt hätten.
Still, this game would make a great present for your worst enemy, or a great drink coaster. A game like this is inexcusable and just why it even passed Sega's internal testing is beyond comprehension. If you are looking for a solid racing game you can't go wrong with the awesome Ferarri F355 Challenge which is due out in a month or the awesome Speed Devils. Steer well clear of this one.
Spirit of Speed 1937 is the poorest excuse of a Dreamcast game I have ever laid eyes on. Dethroning previous clunkers like the aforementioned SP Rally and the abysmal Fighting Force 2, the level at which bad games are to be judged plummeted a couple of notches the day this disc left the presses.
Après avoir choisi votre vielle guimbarde, votre circuit et le mode de jeu (course simple, championnat, scénario et zobi pour le mode Deux Joueurs), vous débouchez sur l'asphalte. Et là, c'est la cata : pilotage insipide et sans finesse, modèles physiques tout pourris (les dérapages : un grand moment de n'importe quoi !), adversaires pitoyables, graphismes super-laids. Mais où est l'intérêt de ce jeu ? On cherche encore.
Gamezone (Germany)
"Spirit of Speed 1937" verdient seinen Namen nicht. Das gesamte Game macht einen extrem unausgereiften Eindruck. Durch das fehlen sämtlicher Anreize kann auch keine Motivation aufkommen eine Meisterschaft oder ein Szenario zuende zu spielen. Wahrscheinlicher ist es sowieso, dass man schon vorher frustriert das Pad in die Ecke wirft, da einen das ständige Ruckeln und die unausgereifte Physik in den Wahnsinn treibt.
Have you ever see the film The Great Race, directed by Blake Edwards and featuring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Larry Storch, and various other '60s-era comedians? With its combination of 1930s vehicles, rustic roadways, and a lengthy European road race, the film inevitably conjures joyous fantasies of quitting one's job and touring the countryside. It must be this exact feeling that LJN was striving for with its Dreamcast release of Spirit of Speed 1937. Similar to The Great Race, '30s roadsters, period scenery, and wacky antics abound. However, unlike the classic film, Spirit of Speed 1937 is neither inspiring nor endearing.
Planet Dreamcast
Words fail. This game is terrible. Terrible isn't harsh enough. It's a hateful attack from the development team on the rest of humanity. If you absolutely must have a 1930's themed racer in your collection, then (quite unfortunately for you) this is the only game in town. Otherwise: avoid, avoid, avoid.
The Video Game Critic
There's something ironic about staring at the words "Spirit of Speed" on the screen while the slowest load meter known to mankind crawls across the bottom. Man, this game takes so long to load that it even rivals the Electronic Arts sports games (THAT'S bad!), and it's really not worth the wait. In fact, Spirit of Speed is so bad that it made me laugh out loud.