The basic premise of the game is you are the driver of a getaway car.
Sounds easy doesn't it? Not so! Once you pass a simple driving test that
puts the car through it's paces, you enter a whole new world. Your first
mission is to get to a bank and pick up the bank robbers and drop them off
at a designated area. Sounds pretty easy! What makes it interesting is
that you have to arrive at the bank at the right time (can't get there too
early, and obviously, you don't want to be late!), which requires some fancy
driving. You don't want to go too fast, or you alert the police, and if you
go too slow, you'll never make it on time!
Some disappointing "features". The cops are a tad overzealous. Their cars
by far overpower yours, and they can run you down, but sometimes in their haste
to catch you, they make stupid moves such as crashing into barriers and other
cars on the road. I have had 3-4 police cars smashing me into the wall at the
same time. While they did do a good job with the physics of the cars, your car
sure seems to like to flip over on it's back a little too easily. You should be
able to make corrections if your car is starting to flip onto it's side to regain
control and right the vehicle. No such luck. Not only that, if a police car
catches up to you, he keeps tapping your car, adding damage at a alarming rate.
I actually ran into a couple of bugs! I got hit so hard by a cop that my car
was thrown into the air, and I landed on top of a building! I was able to drive
on top of the buildings avoiding the cops. Of course when I finally drove off the
edge, my car merrily rolled over on it's back and played dead all the way down to
the ground! Another strange bug: I got hit so hard, again by an overzealous cop,
that I got smacked outside the playing field. It was sort of like the effect you
get when you use the no-clipping mode on Quake II. I was able to see the whole
"world". Very strange! Only way out of that was to drive off the edge of the
world, totalling my car.
3DFX! Well done graphics! Even with full detail on, this game is fluid on my
Celeron 400 with a VooDoo 3 3000
The interface is very easy and the contols are simple. Very easy to re-map the
keys to anywhere you want. Support is there for force feedback. I had a hard
time getting my Wingman Warrior to work with this game. It wouldn't map the buttons
correctly for some strange reason, so I just stick to keyboard control. While the
controls are easy, it sometimes gets hard to compensate for the mushyness of the
suspension. The back of the car tends to be heavy, and overstear alot, and you find
yourself sliding out of control alot at high speeds. Nothing that a lot of gas/brake
control can't fix though!
While the sound is good, I wish there was a way to turn up the voices (no, not
the voices in my head..they are loud enough thank you very much!). Mainly it's
the police radio, not real important, but would be a nice touch if you could
adjust the volume.
Except for the nasty bugs I ran into, this is a very cool driving game!
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