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Virtua Racing

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Virtua Racing is Sega's first ever 3D, polygon-based racing game. The game consists of racing Formula-1-looking cars around a beginner, intermediate, or expert track, competing against a second player or computer drivers. Despite having Formula-1 cars, the game controls are very "arcadey" and players can see the leap they made from here to Daytona.

The Megadrive/Genesis version of Virtua Racing is of note as it is the only game for the system which features the SVP chip (Sega Virtua Processor). The chip is a 3D processor built into each cartridge (the console itself had no 3D capability) and is very similar to the SNES's SuperFX chips, used in games such as Starfox and Stunt Race FX.


Virtua Racing Genesis Opening Scene
Virtua Racing Arcade Track and control selection.
Virtua Racing Arcade 3rd person view.
Virtua Racing Arcade Birds eye view.

Alternate Titles

  • "バーチャ レーシング" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Unnecessary? Yes Amazing? Also yes. Genesis AkibaTechno (228)

The Press Says

The Video Game Critic Genesis Apr 24, 2004 A 100
Player One Genesis May, 1994 99 out of 100 99
Sega Force Genesis Mar 29, 1994 92 out of 100 92
Hobby Consolas Genesis Jun, 1994 92 out of 100 92
Power Unlimited Genesis May, 1994 9.1 out of 10 91
All Game Guide Genesis 1999 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Game Players Genesis Apr, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Genesis Aug, 1994 8 out of 10 80
FLUX Genesis Apr, 1994 7.9 out of 10 79 Genesis Mar 22, 2007 7 out of 10 70


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This game won't work on a model 3 Genesis.

Related Web Sites

  • Sega's SVP Chip: The Road not Taken? (A feature article on the fansite Sega-16, which discusses the history of the SVP chip and its use in Virtua Racing, as well as the unused potential that the chip offered to Sega. The article also provides a comparison between the SVP, the 32x peripheral, the Sega Saturn, and Nintendo's SuperFX chip (Marc. 17th, 2006).)
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