Critic & User Reviews
Good but not Brilliant - Indy 2 to fix the probs?
posted by Shazbot (BROOKLYN, NY) Jan 16, 2008
Member since Aug 2007
2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Clearly produced by Indy enthusiasts the game provides a lot of history on the race and tries to simulate the different makes of cars and they do drive differently (the Novi in particular is very twitchy and can be tough to control).
Controls are simple, effective and quite sensitive for steering. Not much tilting of the Wiimote is required for the bends before starting to skid the cars. However, getting the steering and line correct going into the corners is vital if you want to be really fast.
The real key to winning the races in the game is drafting (or slipstreaming if you prefer) the car in front of you. It is not essential to line yourself up directly behind the car in front but doing so will get you the maximum effect. You will get extra speed just by doing this and you will see the draft "Zone" appear with light blue streamers behind the car in front. As you get closer they will darken to purple. At either of these colors you can hit the B button and get an extra zap of speed but to really take advantage wait for the dark purple and the whole screen dimming slightly - when you hit B the car will jump forward and you will often have to be real fast on the steering to move around the car in front without skidding as you will have been real close.
Missions in the game include the obvious win the race scenario but also use the Wiimote in pointer mode to change tires and refuel - although a little bit fiddly they are a nice attempt at providing another realistic aspect to the game.
Another type of mission involves avoiding the wreckage and carnage in front of you and passing the line within the time limit. These can be a bit random with the computer cars not showing too much IQ at times which they can do also in races bashing you into the wall.
Overall a good rental but may lose novelty a little quick.
I would look forward to an Indy 2 with improvement
A Step In The Right Direction!
posted by Mulley007 (MEDFORD, NY) Dec 27, 2007
Member since Jan 2007
3 out of 4 gamers (75%) found this review helpful
Excite Truck Elements With Lackluster Gameplay!
posted by miko25 (LARGO, FL) Dec 24, 2007
Member since Nov 2004
2 out of 6 gamers (33%) found this review helpful
posted by INDYgameti (INDIANAPOLIS, IN) Jun 28, 2010
Member since Apr 2010
how the game is
posted by henley (BEACH PARK, IL) Sep 19, 2009
Member since Jan 2008
posted by RoscoeLaw (APPLETON, WI) Aug 5, 2009
Member since Dec 2008
Indianapolis 500 legends
posted by BretRyan (Marshall, MN) Jun 27, 2009
Member since Jun 2009
boring and not enough speed!
posted by jlalb06 (LONG BEACH, CA) Jun 20, 2009
Member since Dec 2008
Deserves an 8, Yet It's a 4
posted by deekim (HOUSTON, TX) Apr 4, 2008
Member since May 2007
Decent graphics at 480. Easy entry into game-play. Phenominal AI. One of the tightest steering in a driving game.
Not much replay value and challenging from the start. Contrast was terrible for me.
Basically, there are only two game types. First is plain racing, which I loved. But, after a couple of rounds I lost interest because there's not much there. No season type racing game. The second type you have challenges. I was stuck on the third one in the very first challenge. You cannot continue until you have finished all the challenges. I tried for an hour to beat it but was unable to. This is why I gave it a 4 instead of an 8.
The AI was phenominal; at first I would tail whip the cars in front of me making them swerve, lose speed, or hit the wall. Then a few rounds of that, the AI realized what I was doing and would watch out for me. DOH!
It is very easy to get into this game. I was having problems steering at first, but then I placed my elbows on my arm-rests and it drove like a dream. I'm sure having the latest update wouldn't hurt, either.
The contrast was another problem. Even though I upped the brightness, I could hardly see the right side whenever passing the grand stands.
And for some reason it gave me a headache. I admit this is a well tuned little racing game. But, the lack of a tour or season, challenging challenges, and giving me a headache didn't make it seem worthwhile.
Interesting Concept, But Pretty Boring
posted by mattcal (RONKONKOMA, NY) Jan 28, 2008
Member since Aug 2007
I do have to say though, the graphics for the game were very good. I hope nintendo takes this as a stepping stone in the right direction