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World of Outlaws: Sprint Car Racing 2002

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PlayStation 2
81
4.4
Windows
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5.0
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Description

World of Outlaws: Sprint Car Racing 2002 is a game that focuses on the niche motorsport of sprint car racing. The game is for the most part a simulation of real-life racing, with a career mode and a number of customization options.

The game has a number of different modes to choose from. The most basic of these are the time trial and single race options, both of which are self-explanatory. There is also an arcade championship mode that lets you jump right in and start as part of a professional racing team, complete with your own vehicle and free maintenance. The career mode is the most in-depth of all the options, as it puts you in the shoes of an aspiring sprint car driver. You'll start off with just enough cash to buy a basic car and enter a local event. The goal is to win the event, or at least place high enough in it to begin building your reputation as a racer. One of the keys to success is impressing sponsors, who will offer you contracts if you do well enough. At first, because you're low on funds, you'll have to wait for events to come to your local track. As your wealth and reputation grow, you'll be able to travel to larger events with larger prizes and more visibility.

Each event consists of a battery of races and a somewhat complicated process of progression and elimination that you'll need to brave on your way to the prize. At the beginning of each championship or career race, you'll have the option of taking a few practice laps to get warmed up. Once you've gotten a feel for the track, you can move on ahead to the qualifying race.

The qualifying race has you complete three laps around the track. The first is to get you up to speed, while the second and third have you trying to post a good time for each. The times you post in these laps are compared with the times of other qualifying racers, and the starting position of each racer is decided in this way. After you've received your position, you'll move on to one of two heats involving 12 racers each. The heats usually consist of five laps, and the top six cars from each heat move on to the trophy dash, while the bottom six cars from each heat are pushed into the B race. The racers participating in the trophy dash race another five laps or so to vie for a better starting position in the main event. The racers in the B race complete another five laps as well, and the top four cars from this event are brought back into the main event.

After this somewhat process of elimination and progression, the top 12 cars will compete for the trophy in the main race, which typically consists of 15 to 20 laps. In single player mode, you have your chance to race against the World Of Outlaw drivers, from Steve Kinser to Stevie Smith.

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Alternate Titles

  • "World of Outlaws: SprintCars 2002" -- PlayStation 2 Title

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The Press Says

Operation Sports PlayStation 2 Apr 14, 2002 10 out of 10 100
GameSpy PlayStation 2 Apr 28, 2002 94 out of 100 94
Electric Playground PlayStation 2 Apr 18, 2002 9 out of 10 90
GamePro (US) PlayStation 2 Apr 08, 2002 4.5 out of 5 90
GameSpy Windows Mar 01, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpot Windows Mar 07, 2003 7.9 out of 10 79
TotalPlayStation PlayStation 2 Apr 14, 2002 7.5 out of 10 75
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Jun, 2003 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Apr 30, 2002 6.7 out of 10 67
PSX Nation PlayStation 2 Mar 21, 2002 6 out of 10 60

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