TNN Motorsports Hardcore Heat (Dreamcast)

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Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.2
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Overall User Score (5 votes) 3.2

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Mega Fun
Buggy Heat macht Laune. Tolle Grafik, gute Spielbarkeit und ein schnörkelloses Arcade-Gameplay. Und genau hier liegt das Problem. Auf die Dauer hat man alles gesehen und gefahren. Neun Wagen und sechs Strecken sind einfach zu wenig, um auf lange Sicht zu fesseln. So bleibt Sega Rally für Off-Road-Fans noch immer die erste Wahl. Da kann selbst der gute Zweispieler-Mode nichts ändern.
Shin Force
Get this game if you must have every racer or you really enjoy off-road racing. The control is a little loose, but the graphics are sweet. TNN Hardcore Heat could have been excellent with even more tweaking...
Durchaus (noch) empfehlenswerter Funracer für zwischendurch...
At the end of the day, I would rather sacrifice good graphics and cool vehicles for some good, solid gameplay. This game really does a great job of reminding me how important control is to a racing game. Unfortunately, it reminds me in a negative way. I will say that I did get pretty good trying to compensate for the controls but it never should have come to that. There are worse games out there but if you choose to buy this game, don't blame me when you are swearing at your TV.
It seems that I've had nothing but praise for the whole game, doesn't it? Well, not quite. The word "almost" comes to mind regarding TNN. I've had praise for almost every aspect of the game, and the game is almost worthy of your hard-earned cash on 9/9/99. It's when we come to the issue of the driving model, though, that TNN falls apart. Certain aspects of the driving model just feel completely wrong. I've played through the game in its worst form over and over again in order to determine the nature of the problem, and have come up with the silly phrase "spin mode" in order to describe it.
Gaming Age
While real off-road buggy racing may not be for everyone, I believe that Hardcore Heat is a solid title for those looking for just that. Gamers expecting an arcade style racing experience may be a bit frustrated with the need to learn how these buggies handle, so I would suggest a rental.
The Video Game Critic
Hardcore Heat's racing action is entertaining enough, but since you're mainly off-road, it's hard to build up a head of steam, and you can expect a lot of spinning wheels in the mud. The uneven controls tend to give you either "too much" or "too little", especially in the split-screen mode. An unbalanced vehicle selection screen offers everything from dune buggies to powerful pick-ups, with the trucks holding a huge advantage. Hardcore Heat's races are ideal in length, with a handy track indicator that makes it easy to gauge your opponent's positions. There are certainly better racers on the Dreamcast, but off-road fans shouldn't be disappointed with this one.
Spel för Alla
Buggy Heat är kul, men utvecklarna tycks ha haft bråttom att få ut spelet på marknaden och därför tummat lite på kvaliteten.
Overall, TNN Motorsports Hardcore Heat is an average game. The broken controls take some getting used to, but the graphics and music are serviceable. The developers also incorporated a neat A.I. training feature that I have yet to see duplicated. Despite this, TNN Motorsports Hardcore Heat rarely rises above mediocrity. There are much better off roaders on the Sega Dreamcast.
You can sum up TNN Motorsports HardCore Heat with one simple phrase: Wait for Sega Rally 2. HH may be the first on the block, but it can be completed within one rental period, and it doesn't have the replay value to warrant more than a three-day rental.
Planet Dreamcast
TNN Motorsports: Hardcore Heat does a pretty good job in capturing the feel of off-road racing, but the controls and physics ultimately take a lot of enjoyment out of the game. I'm not sure if Hardcore Heat is supposed to be a simulation or an arcade racer, but either way it just doesn't work. There's not enough depth to satisfy most simulation junkies and there's not enough interesting features to make the game appeal to your average gamer. To top it all off, there just isn't much game here and you'll see and do everything in the game with just a couple of hours of play. Hardcore Heat is not a terrible game by any means; it's just a very mediocre one and probably not worth your time.
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Fan of The Nashville Network’s racing programs or not, TNN Motorsports Hardcore Heat is not a title you’re going to want to add to your collection. Sure it looks great, but it plays worse than every other offering in this genre available for the Dreamcast. Given that the system’s selection of racing titles is now so varied, there’s absolutely no reason to pony up the cash for this shoddy title. Had TNN lent a bit more of its trademark presentation and style to the product and ASC’s QA team fine-tuned the gameplay to a more manageable level, TNN Motorsports Hardcore Heat might have lived up to its gritty, grimy and good old-fashioned off-road potential.
La concurrence est pas bien exceptionnelle, mais a le mérite d'être assez coriace. Malheureusement, les collisions avec ces adversaires sont foirées, c'est pas du tout réaliste là encore. C'est gênant au point de ne pas donner envie de jouer au championnat, mais plutôt de s'essayer au "time trial", ou au mode deux joueurs, piètre lui aussi. En fait, mieux vaut ranger Buggy Heats dans sa boîte et ne plus en parler, ce jeu ne mérite pas de figurer dans votre Gdrom-thèque, sans auncun regret... Vive Sega Rally 2 !
Player One
Ajoutez à cela une multitude de petits bugs d'animation, et vous obtenez le plus mauvais jeu de la ludothèque de la Dreamcast.