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187: Ride or Die

aka: Notorious: Die to Drive

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Critic Reviews 55% add missing review

Xbox World Australia (XWA) (83 out of 100)

For the price, and the overall great job done there isn't much that's bad about 187 Ride or Die at all. While it borrows heavily from loads of games that we've played before this is the first decent game of its type on the Xbox. The graphics are great with plenty of detail, you are never fighting the controls, the speed effects and weapons are great and the storm drain levels rock. There are parts of this game that almost make you feel like you're in the middle of some Jerry Bruckheimer movie; all that's missing is Will Smith.

Aug 24th, 2005 · Xbox · read review

X-Power (8 out of 10)

Eind deze week zou het spel in de winkels moeten liggen en kan je dus volop genieten van dit fun arcade spel. Speel je graag alleen of met meerdere spelers tegelijk? Je zal steeds genoeg plezier beleven aan het spel om na elke race te beslissen om er nog eentje te rijden. Ik heb zelfs gehoord dat Ubisoft beslist heeft om dit spel bij release meteen uit te brengen voor 30 euro, wat vandaag de dag een superprijs is voor een nieuw spel. Dus niet twijfelen en kopen dat game want als je moet kiezen tussen Ride of doodgaan van verveling dan weet ik het wel hoor.

Aug 24th, 2005 · Xbox · read review

Gamesmania.de (79 out of 100)

187 Ride or Die ist ein cooler Arcaderacer, der eine solide Rennspielbasis mit knallhartem Waffeneinsatz verbindet. Obwohl das Spiel auch für Einzelspieler interessant ist, sollte man vornehmlich im Team vor der Konsole Platz nehmen, um den Spielspaß voll und ganz auszuschöpfen. Für diese Konstellation würde die Wertung auch noch höher ausfallen – für Einzelspieler ist das Spiel jedoch lediglich eine äußerst schwere und etwas illegalere Interpreation des Straßenrennen-Szenarios.

Aug 11th, 2005 · Xbox · read review

Gamezone (Germany) (7.8 out of 10)

Was auf den ersten Blick wie ein GTA-Verschnitt aussieht entpuppt sich ziemlich schnell als Kombination aus Mario Kart für Erwachsene und Twisted Metal Black. Denn meist geht es darum mit seinem Boliden als erster die Ziellinie zu überqueren und dabei möglichst viele Konkurrenten zu Schrott zu verarbeiten. Der Witz an dem Spiel versteckt sich in dem mehr als gelungenem Coop-Feature, was definitiv der spaßigste Modus des Titels ist. Denn erst wenn man sich zu Zweit im Wagen befindet, der eine Spieler lenkt und der andere Spieler zielt, entfaltet das Game seinen ganzen Spielspaß. Denn alleine verliert man nach etwa der Hälfte des Games schlicht die Motivation sich wieder auf die Strasse zu begeben, aber zu Zweit und auch online dürfte 187 Ride or die ein Titel sein den man immer wieder gerne in die Konsole legt. Noch dazu ist der Preis wirklich eine Überlegung wert.

Aug 25th, 2005 · Xbox · read review

Jeuxvideo.com (15 out of 20)

187 Ride Or Die est une très bonne surprise puisque muni d'une très bonne réalisation et d'un concept très fun, il séduira un grand nombre de joueurs. Parti de rien si ce n'est d'inspirations venant d'autres titres, le jeu d'Ubisoft arrive finement à mélanger courses et fusillades dans l'univers très spécial des quartiers de Los Angeles.

Aug 24th, 2005 · Xbox · read review

eXp.de - Extreme Players (6.9 out of 10)

Man sieht auf den ersten Blick, dass hier "GTA" große Konkurrenz gemacht werden sollte. Leider ist dies nicht gerade sehr gut gelungen. Es gibt einfach zu viele negative Eigenschaften um einen langzeitigen Spielspaß zu garantieren. Für Zwischendurch ist das Game in Ordnung, aber es bietet dem Spieler wenig Anreize es durchzuspielen.

Sep 14th, 2005 · Xbox · read review

GamingTrend (391 out of 600)

While I liked the demo I saw of this game at E3, something apparently happened between then and the release date to suck much of the fun out of the game. The dialog was (probably) unintentionally cheesy and didn't help to bring me into the game at all. The gameplay itself was boring and repetitive without really anything different to offer. A complete lack of players on Xbox Live leads me to believe that the opinions in this review are pretty much shared universally. That or everyone's playing Burnout: Revenge online. They could easily have gotten rid of the urban theme, the language and music and it wouldn't have changed this game one iota. No matter how you slice it, it's a sub-standard driving game in the vein of the Twisted Metal series without the sense of humor or fun that was found in it.

2005 · Xbox · read review

Game Informer Magazine (6.5 out of 10)

The basic racing is fairly well done, if repetitive; but attempts to broaden 187's scope, such as the Twisted Metal-style combat levels, serve only to frustrate. I did enjoy the escort missions, and the co-op is decent, but they can't hide the fact that 187 is just plain mediocre. Oops, I mean mediocrizzle. My bad, playboy.

Oct 2005 · Xbox

TeamXbox (6.5 out of 10)

In the end, this title equates to a renter’s dream. 187 Ride or Die goes for gun blazing, in your face action, and doesn’t stop until you say uncle. The problem is, it doesn’t always succeed. The story mode is weak, but can be replayed for some unlockables that transfer over to the multiplayer side of things. The co-op mode is an interesting idea, and works great, and there is online support to keep fans happy for a spell. That said, this isn’t a title worth the asking price. While this genre of gaming is certainly a rare breed on the Xbox, there are too many shortcomings for a full $50 price tag. Absolutely rent it for a weekend of mindless fun, but return it and move on. 187 Ride or Die certainly took the best elements of some top-notch titles, but didn’t execute any of them in a way not seen before.

Aug 26th, 2005 · Xbox · read review

GameSpot (6.2 out of 10)

Overall, 187 Ride or Die is a competent but uninteresting combat racing game that looks good but is dragged down by dumb writing and poor performances. While there are some laughs to be had at the game's expense, there certainly aren't enough to make this game worth picking up. If you're a sucker for bad writing, rent it for a few days.

Aug 29th, 2005 · Xbox · read review

Game Vortex (60 out of 100)

187 Ride or Die isn't that bad a concept; it is just not executed all that well. What the game lacks overall (besides a good story, better controls and more open-ended tracks) is some sort of new twist on the genre. Instead of trying a few new things, it instead finds an existing mold and replaces banana peels and turtle shells with machine guns and missile launchers. A few core gameplay elements make it worth at least a rental, though you're likely to find more fun with the Multiplayer aspects rather than the poorly written single-player one.

2005 · Xbox · read review

GameSpy ( )

187 Ride or Die is a prime example of a game that tries too hard to "fit in," instead of trying to make a name for itself. If a little more focus had been placed on adding depth to the game, 187 could have been a solid title for Ubisoft. Instead, comical use of lingo and the otherwise average presentation make 187 Ride or Die feel more like a poser than a player.

Aug 23rd, 2005 · Xbox · read review

PlayDevil ( )

Ubisofts latest race title featuring gangsters, street racing and lots of guns does not give me what the doctor ordered. '187 Ride or Die' lacks the gameplay that is needed to give you the thrill of your life err ... ride (just like Burnout 3 did) and the game feels like a spin off of various better ones. Graphics are alright on X-Box but the music and sound effects are awful. Even the dialog or better the gangsta slang is ridiculous. I have never heard so much F-words and other gangsta slang then in 187 Ride or Die. The game could be so much better if the developer spend some more time on originality, creativity and sound. Instead 187 Ride or Die is an average street racing game that only those 'gangsta' gamers will appreciate. And I don't think there are many out there. In the end, better rent the game before you decide to buy it.

Dec 2005 · Xbox · read review

4Players.de (60 out of 100)

187 wirkt wie ein lieblos zusammengeschüttelter Mix aus Twisted Metal; Mario Kart, Grand Theft Auto und Burnout, den man in ein billiges HipHop-Outfit gezwängt hat. Leider wirken auch andere Elemente wie KI, Spielbalance und Steuerung reichlich billig, so dass selbst der günstige Preis nicht wirklich überzeugt. Ganz im Gegenteil, er bestätigt viel mehr, dass man sich diesen durch Einsparungen bei der Entwicklung erkauft hat, wovon nicht nur die halbherzige Lokalisierung, sondern auch das plumpe Szenario, die stümperhaften Dialoge und das abwechslungsarme Gameplay zeugen.

Sep 27th, 2005 · Xbox · read review

GameZone (5.9 out of 10)

187 Ride or Die lacks a number of things that could have made this a worthwhile action game so all we’re left with is a disappointing racing game with a gangster flavor. Aside from the poor controls and the limited choices in racetracks, gamers will quickly get tired of the game’s repetitiveness and lack of an interesting story. Rent this one for its online and offline multiplayer otherwise steer clear of this one.

Sep 6th, 2005 · Xbox · read review

GameBump/Gaming Horizon (5.8 out of 10)

187: Ride or Die has all the markings of a quick cash-in, following in the wake of the GTA series, most notably, San Andreas with its mid-90s ‘hood theme. Its low production values – limited variety of gameplay modes, cookie cutter story, and bad scripting – really kill any potential this game had. Single-player is fun for an hour or so, and the multiplayer and online modes will add some more time you spend with the game, but not much else. You’re better off playing Mario Kart, Twisted Metal, and Grand Theft Auto separately than playing this.

Sep 15th, 2005 · Xbox · read review

Game Chronicles (5.7 out of 10)

If you played the old Starsky & Hutch game back in 2003 and enjoyed it then you will probably have some fun here, although much like that game, 187 Ride or Die is a game that was designed around two players and is best played as such. There are much better racing games out there and much better shooting games out there. I have to at least commend Ubisoft for trying to marry the genres, but the awkward solo game and the grotesque abuse of urban slang makes this a hard sell with so many other game competing for you gaming dollar.

Oct 1st, 2005 · Xbox · read review

Thunderbolt Games (5 out of 10)

Multiplayer options, offline and online, are perhaps the best way to experience 187 Ride or Die, but it's little consolation for the mediocre singleplayer modes. The presentation is passable, but the gameplay and attempt at gangster scene is far from so. As a rental for a gaming session with friends, this is perhaps recommendable for a quick thrill, but otherwise it reveals itself to be tiresome, frustrating, unimaginative and undoubtedly a waste of money.

Sep 16th, 2005 · Xbox · read review

Pelit (50 out of 100)

Ride or Die kuuluu sarjaan pelejä, joiden suhteen kymmenen minuuttia peliaikaa tuntuu kidutukselta. Jos tittelin mukaisesti on pakko valita, harkitsen vakavasti jälkimmäistä.

Oct 2005 · Xbox · read review

Cheat Code Central (2 out of 5)

Graphically the game looks about as good as it plays, which isn't a compliment, just in case you weren't paying attention. The animation is stiff and the characters all look like blow-up dolls. They move like them as well. The music is repetitive and even though I hate rap the lack of variety is sure to grate on everyone's nerves. The voiceovers are not bad but the dialog is awful. Whomever wrote this script just doesn't have a clue. 187 Ride or Die is bad - but it's not so bad that it's good. There's nothing good about it, period.

2005 · Xbox · read review

The Next Level (USA) ( )

This modern derivation of the English language is Ubisoft's attempt to come correct and offer a look at the streets by fusing racing and fighting. Sadly, once an idea is pushed past its freshness date and watered down by years of mainstream exposure, all that is left is the shell of something that once had both potential and power. Enter 187: Ride or Die. Rent the game if you feel compelled to, but you'd be far better off playing Mario Kart or any of the excellent high-end racers like Burnout 3 or Project Gotham Racing 2. At the very least, you'll never have to worry about who is in the room when you play those titles.

Oct 16th, 2005 · Xbox · read review

Official Xbox Magazine (UK) (4 out of 10)

And so to Exhibit C. It's so gangsta. It's so street. It's so shite. Painfully forcing every urban cliché going into every line of dialogue, the cutscenes reduced us to fits of laughter. That's laughing at, not with. Unless, in the real life we haven't heard about, gangsters really do race on city streets blowing the hell out of each other, the jury rests its case. Guilty, of the crime of being crap.

Sep 20th, 2005 · Xbox · read review

JustPressPlay (3.6 out of 10)

It feels as if the developers made a few tracks, a few cars andused those for their base for everything. Switch up the backgrounddetails, add some annoying and overkill ghetto talk, some ripped andmodified crash scenes from Burnout and you have ‘187 Ride or Die’. 187 Ride or Die…I sentence you to life without the possibility of ever being playing on my Xbox again.

Sep 14th, 2005 · Xbox · read review

VGcore (3.5 out of 10)

This could have been a great game if there had been more depth to the story and the voice acting wasn’t so horrible. It’s not what gamers have come to expect from Ubisoft, that's for sure. It might even be a stretch to say this game would make a good rental. If you’re looking for a driving game with a little more to offer, check out the new Burnout Revenge instead, and let this one rot at the bottom of the bargain bin.

Sep 24th, 2005 · Xbox · read review

Game Revolution (D+)

And they, meaning real tough guys, should kick this waste of time out of their hood in a heartbeat. If you define yourself to be ghetto in the first place and are attracted to 187's roughneck outer shell, prove you're a hoodlum and blow your money on more dubious material instead, like a bottle of Old English. After spending some time playing this poser, I could use a swig myself.

Sep 9th, 2005 · Xbox · read review

Gaming Age (D)

This whole game just offends me. Offends me more as a gamer than anything else. Ubi Soft has really been on top of the publishing world this generation, and it pains me to see dretch like this seep through the cracks. Well, I guess you put up the money, you have got to at least see if you can make some of it back. Do them a favor and never spend money on this game to send a message that we can't be won over on quick cash-ins of overrated, morally destitute genres.

Oct 3rd, 2005 · Xbox · read review

Gaming Nexus (F)

A plodding, exploitive game that lacks the speed and thrills necessary to compete with other racing games out on the market.

Oct 11th, 2005 · Xbox · read review

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Critic reviews added by Wizo, Cantillon, Patrick Bregger, Jeanne, Big John WV, shphhd, Jacob Gens, Alaka, Alsy.