Checkered Flag (Jaguar)

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Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Checkered Flag? More like Checkered Rag! Bruce Clarke (72) 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars
As bad as a racer can be. Period. Dogeymon (3) unrated
I don't think this is a bad game... João Gabriel (3) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 1.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 1.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 2.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 1.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.4
Overall User Score (11 votes) 2.0

Critic Reviews

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Digital Press - Classic Video Games
The only thing I didn't like about this game was the lack of a 2-player mode. This game is for TRUE racing game experts, it's the most challenging racer I have ever played, even more so than Sega's Daytona. If you can handle this game, you can handle any racing game. I used to stink at Daytona on Saturn but mastering this game helped me blow through Daytona, a game which I have since discovered is nowhere near as challenging as Checkered Flag. To sound cliché, this is a cool racing game. I have had as much fun with it as I do Daytona and GT2. Like some people you first meet, Checkered Flag may give some bad first impressions, but once you get to know it, it grows on you.
GamePro (US)
It might be best to rent this cart to see if you have the patience to master the controls. Unfortunately, Checkered Flag misses the checkered flag.
GameFan Magazine
This is REBELLION, the creators of AVP? Wha?? Muddy control, absurd AI and incredibly frustrating play add up to an extremely flat racer that the supposedly inferior Virtua DLX runs circles around.
Video Games & Computer Entertainment
The Jaguar version, on the other hand, is like a poor man's Virtua Racing, with big, blocky polygons and lousy control. Never mind pinpoint steering; it's just plain hard to stay on the track. It's nice that there are ten different tracks and six different viewpoints, but polygons are polygons, no matter what the camera angle. Some decent options, but the choppy animation and lack of multi-player support nearly kill this one.
Video Games
Selten habe ich mich so auf ein Spiel gefreut und dann so schwarzgeärgert. Nach monatelanger Nachbesserung ist Checkered Flag zwar schnell, aber ultramies zu spielen. Virtua Racing für 32X sieht nicht nur besser aus als der 64-Bit-Konkurrent, zwischen dem Spielwert beider Games liegen Welten. Ein Rennspiel sollte nach der Gewöhnungsphase vor allem ein gutes Gefühl für die Geschwindigkeit und das Auto vermitteln. Das Gameplay von Checkered Flag dagegen ist eine Frechheit: Die hypersensible Steuerung bleibt auch nach längerem Training und Maximalkonzentration nahezu unbeherrschbar, null Kurventechnik, null konstantes Fahren ist möglich. (...) Im Turnier-Mode rempelt Ihr auf fünf Computergegner ein, die sich superidiotisch verhalten. Auf Geraden sind sie lahm wie stehende Hindernisse, in Kurven ziehen sie wie bekloppt vorbei. Einen Sieg erarbeitet man sich nicht, sonder hofft auf Glück in der letzten Runde...
Grafisch ist "Checkered Flag" ganz gut gelungen, aber was will man mit einem Rennwagen, der nicht gelenkt werden kann. Mit dieser Steuerung kommt kein Spielspaß auf und der Rennwagen wird zum schnellsten Rasenmäher der Welt.
Da muss man schon viel Zeit investieren um überhaupt in der Lage zu sein eine saubere schnelle Runde zu fahren. Der fehlende 2 Spieler Modus setzt dem ganzen schließlich die Krone auf. Wie so oft auf dem Jaguar wird auch hier ein Spiel mit viel Potential durch absolut unnötige Fehler aus dem Rennen geworfen.
E potrei dirvi che, di fronte a questi giochi, tutto nella vita sembra più bello. E quindi, ve lo dico! State alla larga da Checkered Flag! Perchè un gioco così non merita il vostro tempo e, in realtà, non meriterebbe nemmeno una recensione!
Just Games Retro
Checkered Flag alone isn't horrible, and there's certainly enough tracks and options on the cart to make it worth the money. However, when you throw in a jerky framerate and controls that use a different methodology than any other arcade racer out there, it starts to pale in comparison. It could easily have been a hell of a contender at its release, and brought the Jag some much-needed positive press, but bad code, better competition, and oversold promises drove this one right off the bridge.
The Video Game Critic
This game is shockingly bad. At first glance, you can tell it's a Virtua Racing clone, but nothing can prepare you for the choppy animation and heinous control. The blocky graphics are actually a step down from the Genesis version of Virtua Racing. There are ten tracks but they're very boring and all look the same. The music sounds like a two-year old on a keyboard. The poor framerate and heavy oversteering are what make this game unplayable. Checkered Flag makes Virtua Racing look like Ridge Racer.