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Vanishing Point (Dreamcast)

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MobyRank
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A great game for racing fans. Weston Sharpensteen (32) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.3
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.6
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Overall MobyScore (9 votes) 3.7


The Press Says

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95
Game Vortex
All I can say to temper my flowing love for this game is 'Holy Cow!' Vanishing Point is a masterpiece. Starting with the hard asphalt to the shimmering paint jobs, Vanishing Point never stopped amazing me... It is awesome. It is one of the best racers I've ever played. Vanishing Point is absolutely inebriating to play. All I can do is give mad props to Acclaim and Clockwork Games for a job well done. This game is awesome!
90
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Aside from some troubling and highly frustrating AI drivers, Vanishing Point is about as good a driving game as you’re likely to find today. Obviously it won’t make any inroads on the Rally scene or other specialized sports, but for pure road racing using factory vehicles you can’t beat this package. The only caveat to this praise lies with the highly restricted initial state of the game: you start with only two vehicles and one track available, meaning you’re going to have to work for every feature, car, option and multiplayer mode you want to add to your collection from there. Unlocking these features is plenty rewarding, however, as they slowly morph the game from a cheesy arcade port to a full featured racing simulator, complete with a car lab and additional stunt mode. Combined with this massive single player collection are both online and offline multiplayer modes, all of which are exceptionally well executed and sure to be a hit with driving enthusiasts and partygoers alike.
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4Players.de
Eine unglaublich schnelle Grafik, gute Steuerung und hochmotivierendes Gameplay machen Vanishing Point zu einem knallharten Konkurrenten für das bisherige Führungsduo. Leider verhindern die Übersetzungsfehler, die gelegentlichen unfairen Attacken und nicht zuletzt auch die etwas zu spät freizuschaltenden Tuning-Optionen die letzte Weihe und unseren Platin-Award. Doch auch wenn die letzten i-Tüpfelchen fehlen, ist Vanishing Point ein Game, an dem kein Rennspiel-Fan vorbeikommt, und das sich vollkommen verdient neben MSR und Sega GT in der ersten Startreihe der Dreamcast Racer einordnen kann.
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SegaFan.com
Bueno, ejemplos como este hacen que uno se sienta orgulloso de poseer una DC, un juego de carreras innovador, con una estupenda factura técnica y que a buen seguro no se te acabará en una tarde. Los puristas de la simulación no gustarán de el por su estilo demasiado arcade, si por el contrario gustas de los juegos de velocidad sin ningún tipo de complejos, no lo dudes, Vanishing Point cubrirá tus espectativas de sobra, algo que tardaras en olvidar. Por desgracia para este GD, su competencia es el mejor juego de carreras de todos los tiempos, MSR, pero ocupa un muy destacado segundo puesto con el resto de joyas de la velocidad en DC.
88
Netjak
Overall, this is one of the best, and most fun racing games I have played in a long time. It has everything. Realistic Driving Conditions, Real Licensed Vehicles (Aston-Martin, Alfa-Romeo, Ford, Shelby, Toyota, TVR, and more!) Great Graphics, Nice Sound Effects, and lots of Modes for fun to come for a long time. And for under $10 you can have a nice game to add to your collection. Since the Dreamcast is no more, you have a limited time to grab all of the good titled games. Or you can pray for these games to be re-released on other platforms. The Playstation version of the game as a bit slower Frame Rate, and longer Load times.
87
Futuregamez.net
After initial concerns, Vanishing Point soon turns out to be one of the most enjoyable racing games in quite a while. As soon as you unlock the car tuning options everything becomes much easier, and more enjoyable then the first few hours of play. I can't recommend this game enough to racing fans. Well done Clockwork Games and Acclaim.
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IGN UK
Vanishing Point has everything going for it: sound, music, visuals, and lots of options and extras. As I said above, had they included the tune-up option at the very beginning of the game, it would have made it a lot easier to progress and much more enjoyable. Instead, you have to deal with the bad controls of the first few vehicles, and if you're patient enough to endure a few hours of slippery control, you'll definitely appreciate and like Vanishing Point.
85
neXGam
Mit Vanishing Point lieferte Acclaim sein nunmehr vorletztes Spiel für Dreamcast ab, meiner Meinung nach ein Abschiedsgeschenk, welches sich keiner entgehen lassen sollte. Vanishing Point bietet wochenlange Unterhaltung, sei es durch den Stunt-Modus, den spannenden Turnier-Modus, wo sich neue Strecken, Autos, etc. erspielen lassen oder die großartigen Multiplayer-Modi ("Sieger fährt weiter" und "Ballon-Bolero" rocken voll :-)). Vanishing Point gehört in jede gut sortierte Dreamcast-Sammlung. Motivierender kann ein Titel nicht mehr sein (und MSR hat die Messlatte meiner Meinung nach schon deutlich gehoben). Solch´ fantastische Multiplayer-Modi hätte ich anfangs nicht erwartet! Buy it!
85
Defunct Games
So there it is. Vanishing Point is a rather accomplished if rarely mentioned driving game that any Dreamcast owner is encouraged to seek out. Never has the phrase "diamond in the rough" seemed more appropriate. Although, I have just finished watching Disney's Aladdin ...
83
Video Games
Ein fesselnder und kompakter Racer der Extraklasse. Vanishing Point ist ein Rennspiel, dessen wahre Qualitäten sich erst nach längerer Spielzeit offenbaren. Zwar ist die Grafik toll, doch der eigentliche Pluspunkt sind die zahlreichen und vor allem gut durchdachten Spielmodi. Besonders der Tournament-Modus motiviert deutlich länger als vergleichbare Ligen-Modi in anderen Racern, da ihr stets die positiven Auswirkungen eines guten Rennens (neue Autos, Tracks) vor Augen habt. Zwar mag vielen das Fahrgefühl auf den ersten Blick etwas schwammig vorkommen, doch mit zunehmender Erfahrung und besseren Fahrzeugen bekommt man das Ganze schnell in den Griff und fühlt sich fast an eine Mischung aus Sega GT, Ridge Racer und Grand Turismo erinnert. In meinen Augen ein gelungener Kompromiss aus Arcade-Racer und Simulation.
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GameSpot
In the end, Vanishing Point is an excellent racing game marred by the developer's attempts to overcomplicate things. Is it an arcade game or a simulation? The truth is, it's a little of both, but the successful merger of the two genres isn't achieved until you unlock all of the game's tune-up options. According to Clockwork's own press materials, Vanishing Point's vehicle dynamics and artificial intelligence were fashioned over the course of an extensive two-year R&D period. If only the concept of playability were given the same consideration. On the upside, the game's six head-to-head and multiplayer competitions sidestep the majority of the game's balance problems, while its Internet challenge feature is sure to attract many followers. Flaws aside, Vanishing Point is one of the most original and enjoyable racing games to come along in a long time.
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HappyPuppy
Despite many hours of playing it, the steering never felt better to me, and the AI was still frustrating. If you think these things could prevent you from liking it, that's quite understandable. But there's just so much to do and it looks so damned good doing it, that I simply won't stop playing this game. If they make a sequel with these problems fixed, it could take on any racing game out there. Even you, Mr. Turismo.
80
Planet Dreamcast
Vanishing Point remains a blazing fast, satisfying and addictive racing game. Unfortunately, before you can really enjoy it, you'll need to find a way to work around the trash AI. You know how RE: Code Veronica rocked hard, even though Claire's movements were tied to the digital pad? (No, I still can't get over that.) Vanishing Point is sort of like that. Its flaws prevent it from becoming the next big thing, but it's still a very worthy addition to any racing fan's collection. And at the very least, it'll tide you over until Metropolis Street Racer.
80
Gamezone (Germany)
"Vanishing Point" ist ein erstaunlich ausgereiftes Racing-Game für den Dreamcast. Die große Anzahl der vorhandenen Tourniere sowie der ausgereifte Multiplayer-Part sorgen dafür, dass dieser Racer nicht so schnell im Regal verstaubt. Besonders zu dem inzwischen recht günstigen Anschaffungspreis begeht man sicher keinen Fehlkauf und es bleiben evtl. ein paar €uro für ein Lenkrad über.
80
Gamekult
Que tous ceux qui ont abandonné F355 à cause de sa difficulté de conduite, ou ceux qui se sont lassés de Metropolis Street Racer et de ses "longueurs", et même ceux qui trouvent que Sega GT est trop lent voire fatigant, se jettent sur Vanishing Point. Une durée de vie exemplaire, un contenu gigantesque et une réalisation au top niveau, il serait quand même dommage de passer à coté de ce jeu de conduite de qualité sur Dreamcast. Si les précédents titres avaient en effet fait souffler un vent de renouveau sur la console de Sega, Vanishing Point sera, pour sa part, une bourrasque d'air frais.
80
Jeuxvideo.com
Vanishing Point complète à merveille les très bonnes simulations de course déjà présentes sur Dreamcast. Ce titre 100% arcade procure un plaisir de jeu immédiat et des courses de folie. Il bénéficie en plus d'une très bonne réalisation et se base sur un concept tout à fait intéressant.
78
Power Unlimited
Vanishing Point is voor de hardcore racefans die terug verlangen naar de gouden dagen van Ridge Racer. Verwacht geen meesterwerk maar een degelijke racegame die tegen een stootje kan.
70
Consoles Plus
De bonnes idées et des challenges intéressants, mais les voitures sont trop délicates à manier.
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The Video Game Critic
Vanishing Point is another really pathetic racer for the Dreamcast. The vehicles look realistic, but only two are available from the start: A sports car and an SUV. The handling is absolutely deplorable - these cars can't keep their tires on the road! You slide and fishtail all over the place from start to finish, and this isn't even a rally game! There are forty cars and nice variety of tracks that you WON'T want to open up. There's an Internet option, but if you don't like the single player game, I don't hold much hope for the online action. The music is also terrible. This is one to avoid.