Hi-Octane (SEGA Saturn)

Critic Score
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User Score
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User Reviews

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Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.9
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
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 3.8
Overall User Score (8 votes) 3.9

Critic Reviews

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Coming Soon Magazine
Have you ever found yourself driving behind someone who was going just a little too slow for you, wishing that you could push a button and blow them up to bits? How would you like to drive a car that hovers above the ground without any wheels, be involved in a race, and be permitted to destroy your opponents? All this excitement can be found in Hi-Octane by Bullfrog!
Hi-Octane PC n'avait pas atteint les sommets de la gloire, il en sera de même sur console, même si le jeu vaut la peine qu'on lui consacre une ou deux heures de notre précieux temps. À jouer chez un pote plus qu'avec.
Mega Fun
Bullfrog sorgte in der Vergangenheit ja schon öfters für gute Software, dementsprechend gespannt war ich daher auch auf Hi Octane. Die Präsentation fiel dabei zwar etwas dürftig aus, aber die Fülle der Strecken und Gleitschiffe machen dies locker wett. Zudem gibt es in punkto Grafik bei Hi Octane kaum etwas zu bemängeln; die detaillierten Pisten rauschen im Ein-Spieler-Mode nur so vorbei. Nur die Schiffe, die im simplen Flat-Shading daherkommen, sind etwas trist geraten. Tritt man einzeln an den Start, kann man das Rennen durchaus genießen. Der Zwei-Spieler-Mode dagegen würde aufgrund der lahmen Grafik sogar eine hundert Jahre alte Weinbergschnecke ermüden. So bleibt Hi Octane ein passabler (Solo-)Racer, der jedoch nicht das Zeug dazu hat, den unangefochtenen Rennspiel-Meister WipEout vom Thron zu stoßen.
Game Zero
With the smash hit Wipeout on the Sony PlayStation, Sega's Saturn fights back with Hi-Octane. However, much like McNealy vs. Tyson, Hi-Octane was down and out quick. The game has relatively good graphics -- although low resolution, but the sound and gameplay left little to be desired. The soundtrack did not sound CD quality, and the sound effects were unintelligible. Gameplay was simplistic, and had very little to grow on. Overall I would recommend passing this title up.
GamePro (US)
This futuristic racing-combat game gives you three views, nine tracks, six cars and numerous power-ups to play with. What it doesn't give you is clean graphics. The bland vehicles are boxy polygons and the terrain is gritty. The sounds are so-so and the loose playing controls give you just enough response to make them average. Hi-Octane barely gets the lead out.
All Game Guide
Hi-Octane tries to buy into the future formula of violence and speed, but without the sense of high speed, and with the shortcuts minimizing your contact with the other racers, you lose two of the two elements that make the genre so appealing when it's done right. Without those, you're left with a game that isn't much of a racing game, makes a poor combat game, and ends up doing a lot of things, but sound aside, it does none of them well.