Virtua Racing Deluxe (SEGA 32X)

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Near perfect arcade conversion of a great racing game gametrader (229) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
Best 32X Cartridge Game ETJB (447) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
One of the best racers ever created. AxelStone (34) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars

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Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.9
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.4
Overall User Score (27 votes) 3.8

Critic Reviews

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Le Geek (Dec, 2003)
The 32X plays a great version of the game, adding more tracks and extra cars for home play. While there is "popup" and no real texture mapping, somehow it doesn't detract from the game. A realistic driving model and an excellent difficulty level round out the game.
The Video Game Critic (Feb 29, 2004)
Virtua Racing Deluxe runs better ad offers more options than the $100 Genesis version released in 1994. You're simply not going to find a better game for the 32X.
GamePro (US) (Jan, 1995)
But you might forget these factors when you're jetting along in an intense two-player race, performing accurate driving techniques and quickly weaving through traffic like Mario Andretti. Without a doubt, Virtua Racing Deluxe generates deluxe thrills.
Player One (Dec, 1994)
Virtua Racing fait peau neuve et ressort de cette version 32 X encore plus beau et intéressant. Un classique absolu qui procure un énorme plaisir de jeu.
Sega Force (Mar, 1995)
Varför är VR så bra? Varför är det så härlig fartkänsla? Varför sjunker man in i bilden när man spelar? Varför finns Siwert Öholm? Tja, det finns bara ett svar. SEGA har gjort det igen...
GameFan Magazine (Dec, 1994)
As good as the SVP version of VR was, the "deluxe" 32X game makes it look old technological news. The new courses and vehicles really increase the depth and long term play value of the game and most of the polygons, music and color have made the translation as well. With VR Deluxe, Doom and Star Wars, Sega's mini-32 is off to a great start!
Shin Force (Aug 21, 1999)
Back in 1994, polygon games weren't that good, depending on what system was attempting to do them. Even so, Virtua Racing Deluxe is easily the best 16-bit era racer I've played, with or without polygon graphics. If you liked the arcade original, or just plain like great gameplay and smooth graphics, then Virtua Racing Deluxe is for you.
Mega Fun (Dec, 1994)
Segas V.R. Deluxe stellt, wie nach Virtua Racing SVP) und Beyond The Limit (CD) nicht anders zu erwarten, einen weiteren Meilenstein der Rennspiel-Geschichte dar. So ist die Polygon-Grafik deutlich detaillierter und flüssiger ausgefallen, und kann sich nun, bis auf die geringere Auflösung, ohne weiteres mit dem Coin-op messen lassen. Die beiden neuen Strecken wurden mit sehr viel Liebe zum Detail designed, und mit den neuen Kutschen ist diesmal für jeden das Richtige dabei. Gerade den gutmütigen Stock Car, einen Vorgeschmack auf Daytona USA, habe ich von Anfang an in mein Herz geschlossen, während sich der Prototyp extrem gewöhnungsbedürftig gibt. Fahrverhalten und Steuerung sind über jede Kritik erhaben, und gerade diese beiden Elemente sind es, die den Reiz eines V.R. (Deluxe) ausmachen und die 32-Bit Konkurrenz, sei es Checkered Flag oder Crash‘n Burn, ganz schön alt aussehen lassen; Segas Spielhallenerfahrung macht sich hier einfach bezahlt.
Hobby Consolas (Dec, 1994)
Respecto al apartado técnico, esta máquina ha demostrado su capacidad con el considerable aumento de polígonos en movimiento, la inclusión de espectaculares texturas y la mejora de sonido que sólo puede ofrecer una máquina de 32 bits. En definitiva, mi enhorabuena para Sega. Teniendo como referencia los primeros resultados, las perspectivas sobre el MD 32X son muy esperanzadoras.
IMPLANTgames (May 06, 2009)
Virtua Racing Deluxe is fantastic game and worth tracking down a Sega 32x for. The smooth graphics and controls, and the quirky sound still stand the test of time. The game is virtua-ly flawless. This game is a classic and should be in every game collectors library.
Virtua Racing Deluxe est sans aucun doute la meilleure version de Virtua Racing disponible à l'époque. Plus complet que celui de la MegaDrive, moins bâclé et sans temps de chargement par rapport à la version Saturn, ce jeu de course est un classique de la 32X que l'on se doit de posséder si on a la console en question. Avec sa réalisation impressionnante pour l'époque, ses cinq circuits et ses trois types de véhicules différents, le jeu prend un réel intérêt à deux joueurs.
I would never have guessed that the 32X version of Virtua Racing would be as good as the arcade. Virtua Racing Deluxe is awesome. If you're going to buy one racing game this year, this is it. Now you can choose two extra tracks and between three different cars; three are new features that don't even exist in the arcade version. Try the stock car and you'll be amazed at the cornering control. It's almost as good as Daytona. I guess we'll all have to wait for Saturn, but in the meantime, Sega has give us one to grow on.
While Virtua Racing is a solid arcade port, we would have appreciated a few more cars, the ability to modify transmissions and tire settings, and maybe a hidden track or two. But as it stands, Virtua Racing is a must-buy for 32X owners and even manages to eclipse Time Warner Interactive's Saturn port of the game.
90 (Jul 08, 2004)
Virtua Racing Deluxe was way better than the Genesis version and was very close to the arcade Virtua Racing minus just a few features. Some new stuff has been added to make this a better overall game though, and while racing fans might not get all the features they expect from a racing sim, there are some things here that will keep them interested.
neXGam (Jan 02, 2012)
Neue Autos, neue Strecken, schnelle und adäquate Grafik sowie besserer Sound im Vergleich zum Vorgänger und das gewohnt gute Gameplay. Alles was man unter dem Begriff "Deluxe" erwarten konnte ist erfüllt worden. Das beste Spiel auf dem glücklosen 32X.
Game Players (Dec, 1994)
The result is a game that looks better, plays better and costs less than it's simpler Genesis counterpart. How can any racing fan go wrong?
Video Games (Jan, 1995)
Virtua Racing ist superschnell, dynamisch, packend und verdammt nahe am Spielautomaten. Die tollen Kurse bieten sowohl optisch als auch fahrerisch echte Abwechslung, nach den Rennen könnt Ihr Eure Leistung im Replay sogar wie eine TV-Aufzeichnung bewundern. Die Computergegner präsentieren sich in allen Schwierigkeitsgraden hervorragend abgestimmt, die Unterschiede der drei Fahrzeugtypen in Fahrverhalten und Leistung entsprechen echten Vorbildern, Toll ist die Funktion zur individuellen Joypad-Belegung bei Handschaltung, auch wenn kein Joypad jemals Lenkrad und Pedale ersetzen wird. Genial finde ich auch die eingeblendeten Zwischenzeiten, mit denen Ihr im Rennen technische Schwächen in bestimmten Passagen schnell ausmerzt. Doch nun das dicke Ende - die Mängelliste: Man merkt Virtua Racing seine Automatenherkunft für meinen Geschmack doch ein wenig zu sehr an. Videospiele leben nun mal nicht von Minuten-Münz-Sessions, sondern sollten auf möglichst langfristigen Spielspaß angelegt sein.
Power Unlimited (Feb, 1995)
Virtua Racing Deluxe is gezonder dan z'n voorganger maar als je die al bezit, is er geen enkele noodzaak dit spel ook aan te schaffen. Laat staan de 32X, die in dit geval weinig meer biedt dan grafische pracht en praal aan oude spelletjes in een nieuwe verpakking. Desalniettemin blijft Virtua Racing, nu dan Deluxe, in het racegenre een klassieker.
FLUX (Oct, 1994)
The game is good, but the effect just isn't there. Still, anything is better than that lame $99 Genesis version.
IGN (Nov 12, 2008)
If you are starting a 32X collection, Virtua Racing Deluxe should be one of your first three "gets." It's not hard to be one of the best 32X games since so many were poor, but Virtua Racing Deluxe is a good racer in any company. (SEGA really knew how to create racing games back in the proverbial day.) Plus, it's a great artifact from the transition between not just 2D and 3D, but the 16-bit generation and the 32-bit machines.
Virtua Racing will undoubtedly go down as a classic, even though it becomes more dated every day. That's a true sign of great gameplay and ends up being one of the best games for the ill-fated console. If you're a fan of the game, you'll certainly be better off with the flawless Saturn port, but this is a nice step up from 16-bit version on the Genesis (which was still pretty stunning given the hardware).
Defunct Games (Mar 20, 2004)
This version of Virtua Racing is deeply flawed, but not without merit. It's a fun one, and two player game, and does a good job of bringing a lot of levels (hey, there are more than five at least), a few cars (three), and the arcade fun to your 32x. It's easily trumped by PlayStation and Saturn racers, but for it's brief life Virtua Racing was king.