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Speed Kings

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89
XboxGame Chronicles
It’s not the most serious motorcycle racing game available and it might not even be the prettiest, but for pure arcade racing goodness mixed with a clever trick system, competitive racing challenge, unique track designs, and overall fun gameplay, Speed Kings fits a unique niche. Serious racers would be better off seeking satisfaction in the comforts of MotoGP 2 but everyone else will have a blast with Speed Kings.
80
PlayStation 2games 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.
78
PlayStation 2Gamesmania
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.
78
PlayStation 2Digital 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
PlayStation 2GameSpot
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.
76
XboxGameSpot
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.
76
GameCubeGameSpot
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.
73
PlayStation 24Players.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.
71
XboxNext Level Gaming
Speed Kings does some good things. But it also does it's own inservice. Great graphics and a decent control scheme are marred by a lackluster trick system, poor sound, and a complete back-turn on online gameplay. If this game was online, I could overlook a lot of that, and would put serious game-hours into Speed Kings. But the finished product as it is would be more suited to someone just wanting to rent a bike game while they waited for their local game store to get more stock in of Moto GP 2. Climax, Acclaim, bring me Speed Kings online, and I'll be a happy biker!
62
XboxXBox-Zone
Wenn ein Spiel ein dermaßen frecher Klon ist, wie es bei Speed Kings der Fall ist, dann muss es sich natürlich den Vergleich mit dem großen Original gefallen lassen. Gegenüber dem Genreprimus Burnout 2 hat es dann letztendlich auch deutlich das Nachsehen. Der Grund dafür sind viele kleine Macken, die vielleicht mit etwas Feintuning hätten beseitigt werden können. Was bleibt, ist ein Arcade-Racer, der aufgrund seiner guten Spielbarkeit und seines tollen Geschwindigkeitsgefühls überzeugt. Auf technischer Seite wäre jedoch deutlich mehr möglich gewesen und die oftmals lieblos zusammengeschusterten Strecken locken heutzutage keinen mehr vor den Fernseher. Beim Schnäppchenpreis von gerade mal 40 Euro können jedoch alle Arcade-Fans mal einen Blick riskieren und auf den Strecken sämtliche Verkehrsregeln brechen.
60
PlayStation 2Boomtown
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
PlayStation 2IGN
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.
55
XboxWorth Playing
Overall, Speed Kings seems like it's nothing more than a half-assed MotoGP in crowded city streets. The gameplay mechanics are certainly nothing to write home about, and the graphics and sound are fairly mediocre. While driving in traffic, filling a boost meter, and blasting ahead of the competition could potentially be fun, the execution here is really too flawed to keep your interest for very long. You might be able to squeeze a little bit of fun out of it before the mediocrity of it all settles in. Speed Kings is the kind of game that gives Acclaim a weak name, and with a couple more months in development, it may have been up there with their gems, like Vexx and Aggressive Inline.
55
XboxIGN
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.
55
GameCubeIGN
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.
50
GameCubeAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Speed Kings is ultimately a collection of good ideas and poor execution, and poor ideas and even shoddier execution. While the inclusion of tricks into a racer may seem clever, the result is a convoluted jumble of frustrating gameplay. Not until you remove this component does Speed Kings find some level of success as a fast-paced arcade racer. However even then, titles with better visuals, sound and action are readily available. This one is not for casual racing fans, to be sure.
50
PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.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.
50
GameCubeJeuxvideo.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.
50
XboxJeuxvideo.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.
50
PlayStation 2Eurogamer.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.
40
XboxSuper Play
Jag kör fort, jag krockar med bilar, jag sparkar omkull ett par motståndare. Jag kör till och med på bakhjulet ett tag. Och sedan tröttnra jag och fortsätter att längta efter F-Zero GX. Gamla Road Rash-rävar kan möjligtvis köra ett par mil extra med Speed Kings. Själv rycker jag mest på axlarna med en smått apatisk min.
30
XboxGamePro (US)
The too-twitchy controls (which aren't laid out logically or comfortably) and easy crash deaths belie an inappropriate commitment to realism in a patently arcadey setting, while other elements simply need more polish (spotty collision detection; some tricks that aren't seen). The electronica music drones almost as annoyingly as the woefully banal engine sounds. While the crunchy crashes will elicit comparisons to Acclaim's other racer, Burnout, the two games are not in the same league. Speed Kings is unfortunately just a pretender to the throne.
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GameCubeGame Shark
So after finally coming down after the sweet gaming high provided by Burnout 2 I was expecting Speed Kings to simply be the 2-wheeled version of god's gift to earth. Sadly, the only Speed that kicks in with these Kings is how fast you trade it off to someone.
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PlayStation 2Game 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.
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XboxGame 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.