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Written by  :  Mickey Gabel (379)
Written on  :  Jun 25, 2000
Rating  :  3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars

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The best car shooter of the time.

The Good

I don't like racing games. I really don't. I don't even like driving my car. It's boring. So why would I like to play such a game in my free time? The only exception to that is those games with an edge - those games where you shoot, crash, destroy, exterminate, wipe out, run down, annihilate, or any combination of them, your opponents and innocent bystanders. But this game, although not the first of its kind, is still great, and spawned such games as Hi Octane, Death Rally and Rollcage.
You see, I used to play a lot of Test Drive (don't ask), and it annoyed the hell out of me. I couldn't figure out why I there had to be any other cars on the road. I kept trying to push them off the road but it never worked. Oh, the horror!
Imagine my delight when I first met Deathtrack - not only you can crash other cars into things - you get to SHOOT them! You can even lay mines, and hope the other cars will drive on them. Sometimes you got paid to kill blow up another car - and the funny thing is - you'd have done it anyway!
God, this game was fun. No more boring drives through a winding road. If someone dares to overtake you - SHOOT him!
There is a life lesson here somewhere - but I'll be damned if I know what it is…

Deathtrack featured a cool vector engine for its time, which runs fast, although its nothing like the phenomenal Stunt Car Racer.

The Bad

Well, you remember the great radio stations in Outrun? Where you had a choice between several great tunes? Nothing like that here. In Deathtrack, you get a sleepy Adlib tune, which sounds as if it was written under the influence of several sleeping pills. It sounds like it is supposed to be exhilarating, but only manages the opposite.
The AI is really bad - and it often seems that the other drivers are morons, but then again, it seems like that to me all the time.

The Bottom Line

Deathtrack is the game I want to play in real life - shoot morons off the road.
[Someone tell the nice man in the white robe that I am perfectly sane. I don't need a shot. Really!]

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