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Space Race is still a fantastic game. Though it's beginning to age, it still doesn't have much competition on the PS2. It's worth a purchase if you like kart games-especially if you'll make use of the multiplayer aspect. Fans of the Dreamcast original, however, should dust off the DC and go a few rounds. You won't find much new and should pass, even on the rental.
Filled with all of the delightfully loony character of the Looney Tunes cartoons and their wildly hilarious antics, Space Race is a game that will not fail to amuse or bring a smile to your face. The game is also age appropriate so gamers of all ages will love it.
It doesn't fly as high as "Looney Tunes Racing" for PSOne, its own Dreamcast version or developer Melbourne House's own "Wacky Races". But "Space Race" benefits from the lack of quality "Mario Kart" clones on PS2, the family-friendly learning curve, 4P split-screen support and the still-amusing sight of classic cartoon characters being brought to life by cel shaded technology. A fun little cartoony racer that's meant for here-and-now thrills and for the young-at-heart grown-ups that still watch Looney Tunes. The asking price is just about right.
Not a bad game by any means, Looney Tunes Space Race is one of those types of games that could be great fun for about half an hour: until you observe all its limitations. Packed full of features and modes, it's only a matter of time before the realization of doing the same thing over and over again hits you. Presented without any flaws, we could see how fans of the old school cartoons and young children alike could really dig it. But for those of us who are looking for something beyond a hearty rental, Space Race falls a little short. Dated not at all in a visual sense but more so in terms of the depth of gameplay, Melbourne House and Infogrames has a solid performer here, but not enough to keep us playing in the long run.
In fact, my ten-year-old daughter urged me to give Space Race a higher rating, because as far as she is concerned this is a great game. And in general, the whole is more than the sum of its parts in this game. If you are into the cartoon world a bit more than sharp-edged gameplay, then this title provides some solid entertainment. But, as I tried to explain to my darling daughter in vain, there are just too many mechanical problems here, and downright uninspired design, to give it the "eleven" she thinks it deserves.
To be fair, there is quite a bit in the game. Fourteen tracks, a four-player multiplayer mode, and your standard assortment of auxiliary modes make it a decent value, and all sorts of unlockable extras, including mini movies and new weapons, tracks, and characters, provide you with more to aspire to. It's just that the gameplay isn't as good as you'd want or expect, which sort of kills the motivation to go ahead and unlock all that stuff. All in all, it's safe to say that Space Race probably wasn't the best game port to the PS2 untouched, though Looney Tunes fans ought to give it a look.
All Game Guide
Space Race offers nothing to improve upon past greats in the genre. It lacks the technique and diversity of Diddy Kong Racing, the multiplayer mayhem of Mario Kart 64, and the fair challenge of Crash Team Racing. The underlying structure is fine, offering players a chance to compete on the same courses in a variety of ways, and the idea of purchasing goodies using points earned from racing is a good one. Yet the game could have been much more enjoyable had it been more attune to rich history of the series. As it stands, only younger audiences new to the genre will get any satisfaction from the title.
They try to make up for the lack of original talent by including classic one-liners, but they didn't put in nearly enough for each racer. The result is an audio experience more repetitive than Robin Hood Daffy. The same could be said for Space Race in general. The linear track design and lack of depth leads to a somewhat boring kart racer that will mainly appeal to young gamers or Looney Tunes fanatics. And that's all, folks.
Space Race aurait pu donner quelque chose de bien mieux, l'univers des Looney tunes étant propice à un excellent Mario Kart-like. Malheureusement, il n'en ressort pas grand chose en l'état la maniabilité étant hasardeuse, les graphismes des plus pauvres et les modes de jeux aussitôt vus, aussitôt oubliés. Le tout n'est pas une catastrophe sans nom mais on aurait aimé un peu plus de folie créatrice.
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