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Speed Kings (PlayStation 2)

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games xtreme
There is very little wrong with this game, you can have an evening or two of fun with it, but if you’re asking me if I’d rather take a PCJ round Vice City for the evening then it just ain’t as mind-blowingly addictive.
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Gamesmania
Speed Kings ist im Kern ein sehr guter Funracer der lediglich unter einigen technischen Defiziten zu leiden hat. Hätte man sich in punkto Sound und Grafik noch ein wenig mehr Mühe gegeben, wäre es ein absoluter Tophit geworden. Doch auch so, sollten sich Rennspielfans diesen Titel unbedingt genauer ansehen, denn das Spiel kombiniert viele coole Ideen zur Spaßgranate.
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Digital Entertainment News (den)
The physics are realistic enough to be immersive, but arcadey enough to be accessible to those “videogame impaired” friends of yours – and you know you have a few. The stunts are fun to pull off, but not necessary for the primary racing. This game has a little bit of something for all sorts of racing fans, be they casual gamers in search of a quick fun ride or hardcore players looking for some depth. Speed Kings is definitely a title to be looking into if you like racing games.
76
GameSpot
In the end, even though Speed Kings doesn't stray very far from the Burnout 2 formula, it's a solid racer that does a great job of conveying an insanely fast sense of speed and requires you to think and react in an instant. The game's controls, presentation, and gameplay modes offer enough depth and variety to warrant a purchase for fans of arcade racing.
73
4Players.de
Technisch gesehen fährt Speed Kings seinem Stallkollegen Burnout 2 zwar gnadenlos hinterher, aber spielerisch kann die rasante Motorradhatz durchaus mithalten. Vor allem die aberwitzigen Geschwindigkeiten, halsbrecherischen Tricks und spektakulären Crashs bringen das Blut in Wallungen. Doch leider vermiesen unübersichtliche Kurven sowie unfaire Verkehrsteilnehmer immer wieder den Spaß am Temporausch - hier hätte Feintunig Wunder gewirkt. Doch auch Augen und Ohren werden bei Speed Kings nicht gerade verwöhnt. Der Umfang weiß jedoch zu gefallen und der günstige Preis lässt so manches Manko bei Präsentation und Technik vergessen. Wer nicht unbedingt zweirädrig unterwegs sein muss, ist aber wohl dennoch bei Burnout besser aufgehoben - vor allem da es beide PS2-Folgen ebenfalls bereits zum Schnäppchenpreis gibt.
60
Boomtown
But if you spot Speed Kings in the bargain bin one day I heartily recommend giving it a try. It’s a solid piece of entertainment, we’ve just been spoiled by all the other superior racing titles currently available.
55
IGN
With Speed Kings, Acclaim is attempting to tweak and reuse the inspired formula crafted by the Criterion Burnout design team under the guise of a new motorcycle framework with slightly new gameplay twists (those horrible dings as opposed to near misses), but we're not buying it. There's nothing that Speed Kings does that Burnout 2 doesn't smoke right off the line in every way possible. Physics, speed, track design, opponent AI, handling, graphics, audio -- Speed Kings really offers much, much less for your money.
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Jeuxvideo.com
Pâle copie de Burnout, Speed Kings n'a pratiquement rien pour lui et ne parvient pas à éveiller l'intérêt plus de 30 minutes. Gameplay plat et n'offrant aucune sensation autre que de l'énervement et du dépit devant le trou qu'on a fait dans son porte-monnaie, voilà ce qui vous attend. Peut-être que sans l'ombre du bébé de Criterion il s'en serait mieux sorti mais là, y a pas photo. A réserver aux fans les plus inconditionnels et plutôt riches.
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Eurogamer.net (UK)
As we said at the start of the review, taken alone Speed Kings' various inspirations remain brilliant. Burnout 2 is an arcade racer that everybody should own, and Climax's MotoGP on Xbox and PC is the best bike-racing game there is. But despite borrowing most of its ideas from the former and seizing on the popularity of the latter, Speed Kings is a nowt but the sincerest form of flattery.
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Game Shark
Speed Kings is a perfect example of what happens when you try to follow inspiration yet forget to bring your own intuition and imagination.