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It is unfortunate that the movie performed as poorly as it did, as the game is one of the better arcade-style racing games that have come out in a long time. The game has echoes of F-zero in its style and use of car-fu, essentially beating Nintendo itself to the punch of delivering high-speed futuristic racing to the Wii. Its status as a movie game is made a moot point, as not only does it stand well on its own but actually further fleshes out the arcade racing genre with its multiplayer championship progression and entertaining car-fu attacks. It has a few flaws, including a lack of online play, but ultimately it is one of the better racing games found in the Wii to date. Go Speed Racer. Go, indeed.
Unlike the vast majority of videogame adaptations designed to further boost Hollywood's already bulging coffers, Speed Racer doesn't overreach by trying to justify its existence with masses of unnecessary gameplay fluff, convoluted storylines and flashy worthless extras. Instead it keeps its focus solely on fun-filled Car-Fu racing, not needing to swamp the gameplay with star likenesses and vocal performances in an effort to paper over any developmental shortcomings. Moreover, Sidhe's decision to keep Speed Racer resolutely simple and not overload it with padding means that, as an overall gaming experience, it remains faithful to the younger audience the film is clearly targeting and yet still provides something for the slightly older player thanks to well-implemented controls and breathtaking speed. Don't say it too loud, but Speed Racer: The Videogame... is actually pretty good.
F-Zero clones usually suck and so do a lot of licensed-based games, but Speed Racer: The Videogame defies the odds in both cases. Give it a try. You're in for a pleasant surprise!
Speed Racer at its core is an amazing game, with great depth, control, and nice difficulty progression. Perhaps Sidhe Interactive will use this great engine (and maybe even the Speed Racer license) for another title with more inspired track design, better graphics, and a more fully-featured package overall. As it stands, its slim feature-set and exclusion of both online racing and four-player split-screen multiplayer lowers it from a must-purchase to simply a rental.
For a racing game, Speed Racer: The Videogame is definitely in a new realm of the genre. Sidhe Interactive have learnt from their previous racing/stunt game GripShift and possibly seen the good aspects of WipeOut and combined them into a stunning, action packed racer. Hopefully, this new spark of life to the Speed Racer franchise is enough to keep it alive and well for another 40 years.
Quite simply, Speed Racer works while it lasts. It is not an exceptionally long or difficult game, but while it lasts, it is unusually awesome, managing to distill many of the greatest elements of the original "Speed Racer" series and movie into one manic whole. It is one of the most fun racing games on the Wii, and while it is not as good as the recent Mario Kart Wii, I would judge it as worth at least a rental for anyone who's interested in high-style, manic racing action.
Outside of those complaints, Speed Racer marks one of the better movie-to-videogame translations out there. They've avoided tying the game too closely to a plot, and instead Sidhe has managed to focus on the racing aspect, which proves to be a wise decision. Definitely worth picking up, especially if you felt Mario Kart was a bit of a letdown and you'd like something else to play with that brand new Wii Wheel you have sitting around the house. So whether you're a fan of the film, or arcade racers in general, check this one out.
I was pleasantly surprised and then challenged at how well a game based on a movie was playing; good controls and level design make this a good find.
Speed Racer is a movie that assaults your eyes with colour and the game does its best to bring that to gamers. It's fast and pretty action packed, but doesn't feature a whole lot of content. The lack of a storyline might also disappoint some fans of the movie. While not for the under 8s, most fans of the movie should find the game to be very enjoyable.
A solid yet unremarkable experience, but with a great sense of speed.
Speed Racer: The Videogame is a slick and speedy game and is one of the best looking games ever, well at least on the Wii it is. It provides plenty of fun and some thrilling racing and is one of the finest of its type on Nintendo’s popular console. You might get frustrated with the AI though, so if you’re getting therapy for anger management, then this movie licence may be one to avoid, but then again there’s certainly been worse reasons to avoid such games!
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Speed Racer is a very solid movie game tie in that does justice to the film. In fact, it's easily the best movie game tie in of the year, aside from the lack of content the game is a lot of fun and makes every other racing game feel slow.
If you are a fan of the Speed Racer label then you will have a good reason to go check out Speed Racer: The Videogame. If Mario Kart Wii isn’t your cup of tear, and your still looking for a capable racing game, Speed Racer: The Videogame is good choice.
Those who like their futuristic racing games should definitely give Speed Racer: The Videogame a look. The game isn’t your typical game based on the movie effort and is actually a decent futuristic racing title that’s quite enjoyable with a few unique twists that prevent it from simply being an F-Zero clone. It could have been better however and the lack of circuits and no online mode does hurt the experience somewhat. If you enjoy futuristic racing titles, and particularly if you’re a fan of the Speed Racer franchise, you’ll enjoy what Speed Racer: The Videogame has to offer.
Oddly enough, Speed Racer: The Videogame might be one of those rare titles that are actually better than the movie license it is tying into. But that doesn't say a whole lot considering the quality of the movie. In the end, Speed Racer's F-Zero feel should make a good bit of people happy, and its lack of trying to force the movie's plot into the game helps things out as well. Racing fans should at least check this title out, but I doubt anyone will be impressed enough for the dollar amount to purchase.
Speed Racer succeeds where most movie-based games fail; it's actually enjoyable. But the lackluster modes and missing online play makes it an ideal rental or bargain purchase. However, until Nintendo debuts its newest F-Zero, this is the best futuristic racing game on Wii. Go see the movie on May 9 and then take a few laps with this bad boy if you simply can't resist.
If you're a die-hard Racer fan or newly in love with the Wachowski brothers movie, you might want to check this racer out. But if you're looking for a long-lasting game full of diversity, this is unfortunately not it -- a truth harder to forgive when you consider that WB's title retails for full price.
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The game is pretty forgiving, and once I even won a race after blowing up three times! The tracks feature death-defying ramps, loops, and corkscrews, but they aren't as exciting as they sound. Likewise when your speedometer reaches 400 MPH, it doesn't feel like you're going that fast. The track surfaces are plastered with obnoxious color patterns, and the busy backgrounds look gaudy. Even the tropical resort track looks repulsive thanks to its puke-green track! The uptempo synthesized music is a pleasant surprise - a few of these tunes really caught my ear. There's really no excuse for the ugly graphics, but if you're looking for an easy racer that's way over the top, this is it.
Speed Racer – le jeu est une bonne surprise. Bonne adaptation tout en évitant la trame principale du film et allant à l’essentiel : un jeu de courses en hyper vitesse. Présence du car-fu, innovation dans ce type de jeu. Une maniabilité exemplaire offrant la meilleure des sensations possible et un effet de vitesse très bien géré. Mais le jeu sur Wii souffre de lacunes graphiques dû au moteur physique exploité avec la présence d’aliasing.
When all is said and done, Speed Racer: The Videogame is a licensed title that is actually a fun game, but it’s just not complete. Luckily, there aren’t many technical bugs to complain about; it doesn’t run at 60 frames, but drops aren’t overtly noticeable. Usually when we ask for more from a licensed game, we’re basically looking for a completely different experience then what has been developed. In this case, however, by simply adding additional tracks and refining a few problem areas, Speed Racer has the potential become more than just a movie tie-in.
Speed Racer is definitely a rental unless you’re a fan of the television series or the newly released movie. While the game does offer an amusing combat system and stylized visuals, the lack of depth and polish leave you wanting more. The combat could have been more fully realized with better graphical damage details and more balancing in regards to the health meter. The racing aspects become over-simplified with the all-too-powerful four boost zone ability. These speed bumps ultimately slow this ride down too much for a wholehearted recommendation.
Outwith the short single player mode there is shamefully little else on offer. A default two player split screen mode is bundled as an afterthought and you can unlock hidden items if you are a fan of the film. Overall Speed Racer is not a terrible film license, its just one that fails to grasp the excitement, style and velocity of the WRL. While it represents a modest improvement over Enter The Matrix, it still shares a vital similarity in that it feels unfinished and rushed to market to meet a deadline.
Speed Racer will blow away expectations. We expected it to be tripe, with awful graphics, terrible handling, and disgraceful presentation. What we got was a polished racer with enough pizzazz to warrant a purchase, even for those who haven’t seen the film, or don’t even plan too! If you have a Wii, and you’re in need a racer, take our advice and pick this up, you’ll be surprised.
Speed Racer prend à contre-pied les a priori négatifs que peuvent avoir beaucoup de joueurs à l'égard d'une adaptation tirée d'une licence. Fun, très jouable, bien pensé et possédant une véritable personnalité, il s'impose comme une bonne alternative aux meilleurs jeux de courses de la machine. Malgré une durée de vie très limite, le prix abordable de Speed Racer peut tenter au point que l'on craque. A condition que l'on aime cet univers "kitcho-furutiste" évidemment.
It doesn't take long to master the combat moves, and it's easy to unlock all the tracks, characters and vehicles within an afternoon; don't expect anything like the challenge and complexity of WipEout or F-Zero. The multiplayer won't ever hold a candle to Mario Kart, either, and it's only for two players. But if you should spot Speed Racer in a bargain bin, and fancy a few hours of simple, entertaining arcade racing, it's worth a look.
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So does the Speed Racer videogame continue the status quo of mediocre-or-less movie tie-ins? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. It has lackluster graphics, awkward controls, and just doesn't make a memorable or worthwhile game experience. And while small details like the sound or unlockable characters may give this title some value, on the whole it will probably just prove to be just another underwhelming and unmemorable movie tie-in game from 2008.
Speed Racer remplit donc son contrat en comblant un manque en matière de jeux de course futuristes et grand public sur Wii, mais son manque de finition global l'empêche de prétendre à davantage. Dommage.
It’s not all a waste of time of course. The time trials give you a chance to work on your skills and practice with different cars and characters on the many tracks. And as you play more and more you’ll be unlocking a fair amount of both movie featured tracks and characters as well as appearances by Speed Racer anime classics. It is fun ripping around in two player mode trying to trash or out pace each other in your favorite ride, which is probably the best time to be had in the game. However, all this can’t really justify putting up with the horrible AI ramblings, poor graphics and awkward controls that make this game so frustrating and monotonous at times. All in all, your money is better spent seeing the movie and then spending fifty dollars in the arcade at the theater playing Racing U.S.A.
GNT - Generation Nouvelles Technologies
Speed Racer fait plus office de démo jouable que de véritable jeu. Son contenu est bien maigre et a bien du mal à passionner. Les sensations de vitesse, les montées d'adrénaline ne sont pas au rendez-vous. On passe donc son temps à concourir faisant l'accordéon dans le peloton. Les circuits, malgré leur courbe, ont bien du mal à se montre vertigineux. Le titre s'inscrit sur la liste des adaptations ratées et encore, il n'est pas dit que le film soit de meilleure facture.