DescriptionVirtua Racing is Sega's first ever 3D, polygon-based racing game. The game consists of racing Formula-1-looking cars around a beginner, intermediate, or expert track, competing against a second player or computer drivers. Despite having Formula-1 cars, the game controls are very "arcadey" and players can see the leap they made from here to Daytona.
The Megadrive/Genesis version of Virtua Racing is of note as it is the only game for the system which features the SVP chip (Sega Virtua Processor). The chip is a 3D processor built into each cartridge (the console itself had no 3D capability) and is very similar to the SNES's SuperFX chips, used in games such as Starfox and Stunt Race FX.
- "バーチャ レーシング" -- Japanese spelling
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|Unnecessary? Yes Amazing? Also yes.||AkibaTechno (228)|
The Press Says
|GamePro (US)||Jun, 1994||5 out of 5||100|
|The Video Game Critic||Apr 24, 2004||A||100|
|Joypad||Apr, 1994||96 out of 100||96|
|Consoles Plus||Jun, 1994||94 out of 100||94|
|Sega Force||Mar 29, 1994||92 out of 100||92|
|Hobby Consolas||Jun, 1994||92 out of 100||92|
|Power Unlimited||May, 1994||9.1 out of 10||91|
|Mega Fun||Mar, 1994||88 out of 100||88|
|Mega Play Magazine||Jul, 1994||86 out of 100||86|
|Game Players||Apr, 1994||85 out of 100||85|
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TriviaThe game was named the Best Genesis Driving/Racing Game of the Year in GameFan's 1994 "Megawards" (Vol 3, Iss. 1)
Related Web Sites
- Sega's SVP Chip: The Road not Taken? -- A feature article on the fansite Sega-16, which discusses the history of the SVP chip and its use in Virtua Racing, as well as the unused potential that the chip offered to Sega. The article also provides a comparison between the SVP, the 32x peripheral, the Sega Saturn, and Nintendo's SuperFX chip (Marc. 17th, 2006).