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GameSpot (May 27, 2003)
Even though Speed Kings doesn't stray very far from the Burnout 2 formula, it's a solid racer that does a great job of conveying an insanely fast sense of speed and requires you to think and react in an instant.
Speed Kings gehört zu der Sorte von Spielen, aus denen man weit mehr hätte machen können. In diesem Fall vor allem grafisch. Wie hätte Speed Kings wohl ausgesehen, wenn man die Jungs von Criterion Games (Burnout-Entwickler) dran gelassen hätte? Im Ansatz ist das Spiel nämlich gar nicht mal schlecht. Die Steuerung ist einwandfrei, unter Hindernissen hindurch zu rutschen macht richtig Spaß, und mit den Tricks kann man auch leben, wenn sie nicht so sehr im Vordergrund stehen würden. Insgesamt ist Speed Kings aber an allen Ecken und Enden ziemlich unausgereift und sorgt nur für kurzfristiges Spielvergnügen.
IGN (May 28, 2003)
With Speed Kings, Acclaim is attempting to tweak and reuse the inspired formula crafted by the Criterion Burnout design team under the guise of a new motorcycle framework with slightly new gameplay twists (those horrible dings as opposed to near misses), but we're not buying it. There's nothing that Speed Kings does that Burnout 2 doesn't smoke right off the line in every way possible. Physics, speed, track design, opponent AI, handling, graphics, audio -- Speed Kings really offers much, much less for your money.
Speed Kings is ultimately a collection of good ideas and poor execution, and poor ideas and even shoddier execution. While the inclusion of tricks into a racer may seem clever, the result is a convoluted jumble of frustrating gameplay. Not until you remove this component does Speed Kings find some level of success as a fast-paced arcade racer. However even then, titles with better visuals, sound and action are readily available. This one is not for casual racing fans, to be sure.
50 (Aug 06, 2003)
Pâle copie de Burnout, Speed Kings n'a pratiquement rien pour lui et ne parvient pas à éveiller l'intérêt plus de 30 minutes. Gameplay plat et n'offrant aucune sensation autre que de l'énervement et du dépit devant le trou qu'on a fait dans son porte-monnaie, voilà ce qui vous attend. Peut-être que sans l'ombre du bébé de Criterion il s'en serait mieux sorti mais là, y a pas photo. A réserver aux fans les plus inconditionnels et plutôt riches.
Game Shark (Jul 01, 2003)
So after finally coming down after the sweet gaming high provided by Burnout 2 I was expecting Speed Kings to simply be the 2-wheeled version of god's gift to earth. Sadly, the only Speed that kicks in with these Kings is how fast you trade it off to someone.