Skid to a stop with this lumpy, leaden take on Tokyo
There is a once-great series called Tokyo Xtreme Racer. Dreamcast owners loved it; if every other racer on the planet hadn’t aped and improved it, we’d recommend eBaying a system for that alone. Problem is, every TXR since has been a pallid photocopy of the series' 2000 height, Tokyo Xtreme Racer 2. Now, though no one asked for a portable version, we’re saddled with Street Supremacy, which is definitely not among the best games for the PSP.
The street racing genre has gotten stale like the last donut of a stakeout, but Supremacy at least has its own tricks. Rather than using an open city, you’re forced to join a racing gang, then climb the ranks to lead it and eventually take over the city. In a nonsensical move, cars gain experience points and level up as in an RPG; you’ll want to race drivers of similar level, or get smoked.
So there’s a pinch of strategy as you gradually work to assimilate the city’s competing clubs. A grid showing who controls each section adds an almost military feel, and in between races you’ll do the old-fashioned street racer thing and buy new parts and cosmetic "upgrades" with cash earned on the street.