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Formula One (Game Gear)

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Written by  :  Kyalami (3)
Written on  :  Jul 14, 2006
Platform  :  Game Gear
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Summary

Great racing game!

The Good

This game probably flew off the shelves when it was sold in 1993! This game's graphics are all very solid; the only bad part is that the pits aren't drawn; they're just a small area to the side of the starting grid marks. But still the graphics are a nice aspect of the game.The horizon changes from course to course, giving you a slight feeling that you're actually racing in that course. The sound is solid, everything from the main menu theme to the sound of the cars. When you pass a car, you get that nice fooooom! sound. And, the main menu theme is quite catchy! The gameplay is also very good! You can pick from two modes: the arcade mode, and the Grand Prix mode. The arcade mode lets you pick the race length (4, 8, or 12 laps) as well as the circuit; not to mention the difficulty (Hard or Easy). The Grand Prix mode allows you to qualify for a race, as well as fine-tune your car (e.g. wing degree, transmission, etc.) Both modes let you make a name for yourself (literally). Also, as a nice extra, all the driver names (besides yours of course) and team names in the Grand Prix mode are authentic, giving a slight touch of realism. Also, last but not least, the game features eight whole tracks, which all differ. It's a nice extra.

The Bad

The only thing not to like in this game is the lack of a save or password function! Luckily, the "select circuit" option in the Arcade mode, and the "Skip Track" option the Grand Prix help partially alleviate this matter.

The Bottom Line

The best racing game I have ever come across on the SEGA Game Gear. A must!!!