Time Warner Interactive's VR Virtua Racing (SEGA Saturn)

Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 2.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.5
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.4
Overall User Score (11 votes) 3.2

Critic Reviews

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GamePro (US)
Virtua Racing for the Saturn is a delight for race fans who have been waiting for a faithful reproduction of the arcade game. Gear up and get going!
GameFan Magazine
If you're an arcade VR fan, I've got one word for you: disappointment. Apparently TWI wasn't trying to replicate the arcade game (kind of odd making a game called "Virtua Racing" and not have it be an arcade translation adaptation) even though a "arcade" mode is present. The addition of new cars and tracks is obviously super-cool, but the destruction of the beauteous B-Univ tunes and the violation of "Time Bomb" pain me. On the other hand, if you're not looking for the arcade game, then you'll probably love VR.
Game Players
While this game isn't as dazzling graphically as other racing games for the Saturn, there's some new tracks, which are really lengthy, and the go-cart option is always a favorite. This game is a must-have for racing fans everywhere!
Coming Soon Magazine
Virtua Racing for the arcades is now available for home use on the Sega Saturn with the original three race tracks plus many new tracks and vehicles.
Gaming Target
For an older game, Virtua Racing definitely withstands the test of time - if not graphically, but in terms of the challenging gameplay itself. There's not many racers today that can touch the deceptively deep racing action and challenge, despite better technology. As the Saturn is still quite a viable system (it's only a generation old, after all), Virtua Racing is a good pick if you're a racer getting into Sega's ill-fated console (sounds like a broken record, that) - and even if not, VR is a good tuneup if you can’t get your hands on the Sega Ages remake of VR for the PlayStation 2.
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
The arcade edition is a great game and playing this title brings me memories of the high-speed racing experience. But there is still something missing. Despite the intense racing perspectives, I feel the game could have been done better in the graphics department. I know what the Saturn can do; the game didn't use the full capabilities of this machine. Overall, this is a great game to have.
The Video Game Critic
Despite the variety of tracks, cars and options, this game looks old. The sound effects and music are adequate but sparse. Fortunately, gameplay reigns supreme, and Virtua Racing was always a good time. The simple controls and high difficulty should divert your attention from the primitive graphics, at least for a while anyway.
Mega Fun
Eine große Auswahl an Rennstrecken, eine ausgewogene Steuerung, mit der man den Flitzer mit quietschenden Reifen durch die Kurven dirigieren kann, ein ausgeklügeltes Punktesystem, das nach und nach den Zugang zu verschiedenen Rennklassen erlaubt und somit für Langzeitmotivation sorgen könnte, wenn - ja, wenn da nicht Grafik und Sound wären. Am liebsten würde man die Augen verschließen ob der nackten Polygone (warum in aller Welt konnte man selbige nicht mit Texturen überziehen und damit auf 32-Bit-Standard liften?); das Motorengeräusch erinnerte mich spontan an Mutters Staubsauger. Außerdem nervt, daß man in den Genuß des 2-Spieler-Modus (Split-Screen) nur auf Practice, nicht aber im Grand Prix kommen kann. Das Virtua Racing auf dem 32X ist grafisch und vom Spielspaß her trotz schwächerer Hardwarevoraussetzung absolut ebenbürtig. Bedenkt man, daß Softwareperlen wie Sega Rallye auf dem Markt erhältlich sind, so muß ich Euch offen und ehrlich raten: Finger weg!