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Atari Games has gone the extra mile to ensure a quality conversion for Nintendo 64 with the additions of new tracks, cars, keys, and a practice mode. The game excels in nearly every aspect and proves to be, without a doubt, the best racer on Nintendo 64. In fact, the game was envisioned so well and is simply so much fun that I feel it rounds out the top three best games on the Nintendo 64, only second to Goldeneye and Super Mario 64. Racing fans must buy this game.
Game Play 64
Ce jeu de courses automobiles est la copie conforme de la version arcade conçue par Atari. Une version qui n'a pas rencontré le succès escompté par l'éditeur américain.
Nintendo Power Magazine
San Francisco Rush has been a hit in the arcades, and it loses nothing on the N64. Fun, Fast, full of often tricky shortcuts, San Francisco Rush provides excellent action and value for one or two players.
Of course, the N64 hardware isn't as capable as that of a full-fledged arcade unit, but visually the game stands up to its coin-op counterpart fairly well. Quite a few polygons were shaved off the cars and backgrounds (and some buildings and trees just had to go), but these measures don't detract too much from the game's look. Overall, the game's main drawback is the soundtrack, which runs the gamut from grating to awful. Admittedly, the more strident tracks pick up a laughable and unmistakable camp quality after a while ("whoa oh oh"). Music aside, the developers have done as good a job as possible translating SFR to the N64, but, in perhaps unfair comparison to the arcade version, there's just something missing - it doesn't quite measure up to the experience of sitting behind the wheel of the coin-op. When it comes down to brass tacks, it's a decent port of an excellent arcade game. While it's a little disappointing, the game is, nonetheless, well worth picking up.
All Game Guide
San Francisco Rush Extreme Racing is a very challenging and extremely fun game to play, with a high replay value. Nothing will excite you more than finding a new shortcut on the side of the road and making it all the way through! Or sailing over and driving on rooftops! If you want to play a unique racing game, then Rush is that game.
Ebenso wie die Rennen selbst, ist auch die Steuerung von San Francisco Rush nicht auf Realismus ausgelegt. Nach kurzer Eingewöhnungszeit läßt es sich mit den Fahrzeugen bestens um die Kurven schlittern. Die Rennen lassen sich natürlich auch zu zweit in Angriff nehmen. Ihr könnt Euch in diesem Modus aussuchen, ob Ihr ein Kopf-an-Rennen oder einen Wettkampf gegen die Comuter-Gegner fahren wollt. Wie Eure Wahl auch ausfallen mag, Euch erwarten streßfreie Hochgeschwindigkeits-Fahrten, die Spaß und Action bringen. Auf Dauer fehlt allerdings trotz der vielen Features der letzte Kick. Letztlich ist San Francisco Rush eben doch nur leichte Kost.
The Video Game Critic
I enjoy a good arcade racer as much as the next guy (more so actually), but San Francisco Rush is bogged down by rudimentary graphics, lousy audio, and some serious control problems. It's hard to believe this game was released after Ridge Racer (Playstation 1995) and Daytona USA (Saturn 1995), because Rush isn't even in the same league.