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5th Gear Reviews (Atari ST)

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This version is the worst offender for over-sensitive controls. They are not quite so bad as to make the game unplayable, but still likely to prove frustrating to players who don't want to spend lots of time just getting accustomed to manoeuvring. Graphics are much the same as those on the Amiga, but the sound is, not surprisingly, a little less palatable.
Die Spielidee mit Hindernissen, Sprunghügeln und dergleichen war als Low-Budget-Gag in Ordnung, die technische Seite war's damals auch. Die Umsetzung auf 16-Bit jedoch als Full-Price auf den Markt zu schleudern und dann noch bei der Programmierung zu schludern, ist dreist. Da hilft auch kein Jochen-Hippel-Sound (der auf dem ST mal besser klingt als auf dem Amiga).
Fifth Gear was a budget game for 8-bits a few years back and Hewson have clearly decided to resurrect it in favour of new ideas. This wouldn't be so bad but 16-bit Fifth Gear is at full-price! It has budget quality graphics and sound, and awkward control, yet is twenty quid. At a fiver its fast action would benefit but at four times that you're better off spending the money at an arcade.
Power Play (Apr, 1990)
"5th Gear" ist ein Rennspiel auf Zeit, bei dem man Extra-Waffen kaufen und dem Gegner so auf vielen verschiedenen Arten schaden kann.