Virtua Racing (Genesis)

Critic Score
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User Score
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User Reviews

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Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.2
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.1
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Overall User Score (24 votes) 4.0

Critic Reviews

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The Video Game Critic
This game boasts visuals and gameplay unmatched for the system, and is very similar version to the 32X version. Although the polygon count and number of colors are slightly lower in this version, the gameplay is just as good. Granted, there are only three tracks (compared to five on the 32X), but these are the three better tracks, complete with bridges, tunnels, and overpasses. Other minor differences include only one type of car (formula) and audio effects that sound muffled. Since the Genesis only supports a modest number of colors, the road tends to look like a patchwork of blue and gray squares. But in terms of fun, Virtua Racing has withstood the test of time very well. Even the split-screen mode is a pleasure to play. Incredibly, this game originally sold for an astronomical $100. NOTE: This cartridge will NOT work in a Sega 32X-equipped console.
GamePro (US)
Virtua Racing is a supremely thrilling experience, but a transient one, especially since there's no way to save your best times. You'll find yourself hunting for new friends to beat in two-player mode. Still, it's the best excuse you'll have this summer to break every piggy bank you have. VR is a must have game.
Player One
C'est beau comme... et puis plus rapide que... c'est plus jouable que... c'est... Virtua Racing, ce sont les joueurs qui en parlent le mieux !
Avec Virtua Racing, le dieu ambiance n'a pas oublié de venir. Si Virtua Racing est une réussite, c'est surtout grâce au processeur, le SVP (Sega Virtua Processor). La 3D est quasi parfaitement animée et malgré les quelques "bugs", c'est un régal. Pour une fois, le mode "deux joueurs" perd beaucoup par rapport au jeu en solitaire. L'écran divisé rend le jeu moins... gigantesque. Seuls les sons ne sont pas toujours fabuleux, mais bon, on n'a pas besoin de ça pour recréer l'ambiance enivrante de la FI. Il faut ajouter à cela que l'on fait vite le tour des trois circuits et que le jeu ne sauvegarde pas les meilleurs temps (là, j'ai la rage !). Malgré tout, rien à faire, Virtua Racing, c'est le jeu phare de l'été, celui sans lequel il sera difficile de vivre. J'vous laisse, je retourne latter Trazom.
Consoles Plus
C'est simple, Virtua Racing est LA simulation de course F1 de l'année !
Sega Force
F1 Racing är fortfarande det snabbaste bilspelet på Megan, men när det gäller känslan har det ingen chans mot VR. Djupet i grafiken är fantastiskt, och skillnaden i att ha en verklig yta att köra på gör VR till en riktig höjdare. Ovanpå det så är VR dessutom ganska svårt! Kör du mot en kompis som är lika tafflig, så gör det inte så mycket, men i Virtua Racing-läge får du verkligen jobba för att komma någorlunda högt på listan.
Hobby Consolas
Sega ha reunido en este juego lo mejor de sí misma: alta tecnología, perfecta jugabilidad y grandes dosis de adicción.
Power Unlimited
Acade-racer die dankzij een in de cartridge gebouwde DSP-chip een opmerkelijke 3D-wereld uit de Mega Drive tovert. Technisch spectaculair maar inhoudelijk minder. Mooie crashes, lastige besturing. Kostte destijds meer dan 200 piek.
All Game Guide
Graphically, Virtua Racing has some polygon reduction here and there, and the tracks aren't quite as detailed as the arcade (or 32X version). However, the game moves at a solid 25fps, and the gameplay is challenging.
Mega Fun
Virtua Racing ist unglaublich — unglaublich schnell, unglaublich gut und leider auch unglaublich teuer. Über 200 DM für ein einziges Modul, wenn auch mit Zusatzchip, da hört für manche der Spaß schon auf, bevor er überhaupt angefangen hat. Doch letztendlich liegt es bei jedem selbst, wieviel er für wieviel Spielspaß ausgeben kann und möchte. Nach ausgiebigen Testfahrten gibt‘s zumindest für mich keine Zweifel mehr, den Sega-Rennstall muß ich haben. Protzt die Konkurrenz vorrangig mit Tuningmöglichkeiten, Originalstrecken und -namen, verdient sich Virtua Racing seine Lorbeeren einzig und allein durch das absolut coole Fahrverhalten der PS-Boliden. Immer die Rundenbestzeit vor Augen rast man ständig am Limit: Brutale Bremsmanöver (sehr selten, wer bremst verliert), haarsträubende Kurven-Drifts (quer kommt gut!) und gemeine Ausbremsmanöver sind zur puren Sucht ausgeartet. Wie heißt es doch so schön, Gutes muß nicht teuer sein..., oder doch?
Mega Play Magazine
Holy polygons! This game does a great job of capturing the look and feel of the arcade game. Racing fans will love the multi-view option as well as the control and great graphics.
Game Players
The first Genesis cart to feature Sega's new DSP chip, this is a helluva racing sim. On the downside, it's short-lived with just three tracks - and it costs a staggering $100.
High Score
Ett väldigt bra racingspel med himlastormande grafik och mycjetr skönt gameplay.
Video Games & Computer Entertainment
Be that as it may, Virtua Racing is a show-stopper for the Genesis and demonstrates what the new SVP chip is capable of. Hopefully Sega will put this processor to good use and not let it languish around like Nintendo's much-hyped but hardly used Super F/X chip.
This 16-megger (which features Sega's highly-touted super-duper SVP chip, whatever that is) is a pretty faithful translation of the coin-op, but something unfortunate happens when you play Virtua Racing from your living-room couch, holding a joystick and watching the action of a standard television. Unfortunately, the racing effect that made the arcade game such a powerful experience is lost. The choice is yours: you can buy Virtua Racing for the insane price of $100 and be able to play whenever you want, or you can cruise the coin-ip about 133 times. Hmmmm...what time does the arcade close?
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
Technically speaking, this game's a masterpiece. It looks and plays great. My only problem is that it's just not as exciting to play as the arcade. I don't know, maybe the novelty just wore off. On certain tracks, it's hard to tell where you're going. Still, it's the best racing game around, with it's smooth scaling polygons. Sega did a nice job on this one, but I wish their new chip did something with sound. Still a cool cart.
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Leider, leider ist der Ruhm vergänglich. Die Highscores werden nicht abgespeichert, und selbst erste Plätze werden nach der Siegerehrung mit einem “Game over“ plattgewalzt.Virtua Racing fehlt hier die Langzeitmotivation, denn selbst ein “Championship-Modus“ für eine ganze Season ist nicht vorhanden. Bleiben noch der Genuß des Zweispielermodus und die tolle, ruckelfreie Animation. Ganz im Ernst: Der Chip zupft die Polygone so flott, daß es zu einem heftigen Geschwindigkeitsrausch reicht. Eine tolle Umsetzung also, aber nur für den schnellen Verzehr - wie in der Spielhalle eben.
Having said that, however, it is fair to say that this did look fairly good for its time and it's clear that Starfox for SNES was what Virtua Racing was trying to counter. The Genesis certainly didn't have a plethora of great racing games before this, and it does blow away most of the clunkers of the system's past. Seeing as how it is playable and considered a piece of Genesis history, I wouldn't advise against buying it, since it's also quite cheap out there on eBay. Nonetheless, I do stress the irrefutable fact that the 32X version is far superior.