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Viper Racing

Saturday, January 01, 2000 by Shamino

Viper Racing
Overall: 4
Graphics: 4
Interface: 4
Multiplayer: 4
Sierra Sports has pulled out all the stops on this one, and in the process created IMHO one of the best racing games to date.

In single player mode, you start out in amateur class, and earn money with each race to upgrade your car. Your car basically starts out as a showroom floor car, and you trick your car out as you go. Every part you add to your car increases its performance in some way, either horsepower or traction control.

One small complaint we had at our last lan party was that a lousy cactus can stop your car dead in it's tracks. Unless it is a huge Josuha Tree cactus, I just don't see it happening! All in all it is an awesome game and well worth a look see!


The graphics are awesome, (3DFX baby!) the car physics are sweet, even wrecks look painful! Nothing funnier than watching cars in front of you bouncing into each other and the guard rails as everyone fights for position!



Multiplayer (if any):

Multiplayer is a whole new ballgame! One nice feature is that the server can make all cars exactly the same, or allow everyone to adjust their own cars.


If you're looking for a good racing game, Viper Racing is what you want to play. The graphics alone are awesome. I tried out the game in both 1024X768 with the TNT and 800X600 with the Voodoo II (Max resolution for the VII was 800x600). I had to update my Voodoo II drivers in order to keep the graphics correct. A minor dissappointment there but something we seem to have to live with these days... For this racing sim I have to go with the TNT. I really liked the look of the buildings whizzing by. I didn't like the 2D trees in the background but who has time to look at them at 190mph.

Gameplay is non-complicated and straightfoward. You race for money to upgrade your car to win more races to get more money. Simple ? I like this way of racing simply because it puts more into the game than just a boring old zing around the track a hundred times. I found the AI to be quite challenging. They seem to know just when to cut you off. Interesting note: If you choose to just mess around and go back wards on the track the oncoming cars will actually try to get out of the way.

Multiplayer was very impressive. I have played this both with modem and on a LAN and was very impressed with the communication. Some racers (Motoracer series esp.) tend to get some warping when another player is near by. I noticed none of this on Viper Racing. I liked the options allowing players to customize their cars or having the server determine the configuration....

To conclude, I felt Viper Racing is currently the best racing sim out there. I normally get bored of these types of games real quick, but Viper is definately holding my attention.

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