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Virtua Racing Deluxe

aka: V.R.: Virtua Racing Deluxe
Moby ID: 7601

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Virtua Racing Deluxe is an enhanced arcade-to-console conversion of Sega's 3D racing game. This game is primarily an arcade-style affair; Players compete in a 5 lap race with timed checkpoints. It's also possible to play with 2 players in a split-screen mode.

The 32X version of Virtua Racing adds a couple of new features. There are now 3 different types of cars to drive, including a stock car and a prototype racer. Furthermore, there are two all-new tracks.

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25 People (14 developers, 11 thanks)

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Average score: 89% (based on 31 ratings)


Average score: 3.8 out of 5 (based on 30 ratings with 4 reviews)

Near perfect arcade conversion of a great racing game

The Good
This game is a great copy of the arcade version with extra bonuses and features. The steering is excellent even with a joystick.

The Bad
The graphic detail is the same as the arcade version with the exception of objects in the distance. They pop in as they get closer to your range of view. The arcade version does a better job of putting objects on screen sooner. This was cutting edge technology when it came out in order to get the best possible resolution of near objects. But looks very dated by standards that came out soon after.

The Bottom Line
This is the easiest to control racing game I have ever played with a joystick. The 32x version gives you 3 different cars and 5 tracks and head to head play. This easy to find title belongs in every 32x collection.

SEGA 32X · by gametrader (208) · 2004

Just flawless.

The Good
Much better than the Saturn version. Simple controls. Simple game gaming. Or, to sum it all up, simple fun. The game runs flawlessly, unlike the Mega Drive and the Saturn versions. Also to note is the fact of including three types of racing cars, that is, Formula One, Sport-Prototypes and last, but not least, stock car racing quite reminiscent to NASCAR. Addictive as hell. Before selling my Mega-Drive mini I had it there also, but I still keep playing it in my computer via emulators.

The Bad
It could have had more circuits considering what Sega was known to be able to do and that we saw later in Sega Rally, the crashes, as usual in this series, are usually exaggerated, and while it is funny to see the car doing barrel rolls after you crash, and even if I know it is an arcade game, I do not like the fact that when you crash with non-racing elements, that is, places on the road, protections, and this kind of stuff, well, that brings the car to an almost complete hall and that messes up your race.

The Bottom Line
Everything is almost perfect, and personally, again, but this has to be repeated to future and/or potential players, this 32X version is much better than the Saturn one. Saturn is a great platform and my favorite from the 32 bit era, but this game is better on the 32X.

SEGA 32X · by Carles Carlos (23) · 2023

Best 32X Cartridge Game

The Good
Virtua Racing Deluxe (1994) is the best of the cartridge games released for the ill-fated Sega 32X. It does not have that rushed feeling that many of other cartridge based 32X games do. It is a near perfect translation of the coin-op arcade game with cool extra features such as additional cars to and race tracks to drive on.

The Bad
Replay value on racing games really depends on how much you enjoy these type of games. Personally, race car games can get old pretty quickly. Once you seen all the cars, the different camera angles and tracks, the game may become boring unless you and your friends are race car fans.

The Bottom Line
Virtua Racing Deluxe (1994) is a near perfect translation of the coin-op arcade game, with some nice extra features. It is one of the few 32X cartridge games that does not feel rushed. Fans of race cars will enjoy the ride the most.

SEGA 32X · by ETJB (428) · 2010

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Game added November 2, 2002. Last modified April 24, 2024.