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GF Rating
6.6

499 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
4

Weak

Couldn't get it too play

posted by Momto2boys (SAN ANTONIO, TX) Sep 23, 2008

Member since May 2008

Couldn't get it to play so requesting another one.

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GF Rating
5

Fair

The best and only Speed Racer game I've played

posted by JCDenton (FREEDOM, NH) Mar 11, 2009

Top Reviewer

Member since Mar 2006

Yes, Speed Racer got a racing game and I can say with due certainty that it is one of the top Speed Racer games in history. It is definitely better than Sonic: Zero Gravity and has downright passable graphics and gameplay. If all of this sounds like backhanded compliments, they are. Come on, it's a Speed Racer video game!
Okay, so I wouldn't bash the game just because it's based on a movie that was based on an TV show. I would bash it for lackluster presentation and sub-par action, which this game possesses.
The championship mode has a few levels where you run a series of races for points, hopefully finishing first to unlock characters and more courses. Besides a rather boring interface, this part works the way it should.
In all fairness, the racing is functional. The Wii's motion-sensitive controls are responsive and the courses serve their purpose without becoming detrimental. But the game has a surprising lack of speed. Sure, you're supposed to be flying around the courses at unheard speeds, but it feels like you're taking the carpool lane. F-Zero this is not.
All of this would leave the game as average. But then the game throw in the absurd "car-fu", where jerking your Wiimote and pushing buttons on the D-Pad cause you to flip and spin, damaging your opponents. This more often leaves you skidding and facing the wrong direction rather than throwing off your opponents. Unfortunately, the AI drivers are much more efficient at hitting you, thus throwing you off track. It's just a twist that becomes more annoying than fun.
There's not much here too keep players engaged and too many flaws to recommend it. You'd probably enjoy watching the movie more than playing the game. And that's okay, just not for the game.

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GF Rating
5

Fair

Fun!... for about an hour.

posted by JiiReview (TYLER, TX) Dec 22, 2008

Member since Dec 2008

Hello, This is a Jii review on the new game "Speed Racer: The Videogame" based on the movie starring Emile Hirsch "Speed Racer" (2008).

When I received this game I was expecting a bore based on the ad's I saw for it and it did everything but prove me wrong, When I put in the game disk and started it up one of the first things I noticed was it asked me to hold the remote horizontally while browsing the menu. I took the well put together tutorials and in about 3 minutes I was ready to start my first race, by this time I'm not at all impressed by the graphics but am quite surprised by the control of the car. The handling was easy enough and the simplicity of attacking other cars made gameplay fun. I start my race and quickly discover the addicting attributes of the racing it self, after completing the first two (out of three) championships I relised that I was about 75% done with the game and I had only played an hour.

In short The game is great for parties because it is easy to master but I would not recommend playing longer than about and hour and a half before boredom strikes. All in All I rated this a "Fair" maybe a good rent if you don't mind bad graphics and aren't up for a challenge.

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