|Doesn't look too bad in stills.|
|That's a big ass.|
The frame rate has a mind of its own, regularly speeding up and slowing down seemingly at random (which especially jarring when it happens as you approach a turn) and it's especially bad if you happen to be racing on one of the fog-laden tracks. Which is quite odd considering there's less of the track to render if everything's obscured in a real pea-souper, but very little in EOS actually makes any sense so it's par for the course I suppose. The frame rate isn't the only thing you'll find yourself wrestling against though, as both the opponent AI and vehicle controls appear to be working in cahoots to run you off the track at any given opportunity. As soon as the lights go green, AI vehicles will be smashing into you and running you off the road - but that's not because they're especially cunning and programmed like that...it's because they have the most rudimentary instructions to just follow the path of the circuit at maximum speed.
|The frame rate is worse when it's foggy or dark.|
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The badness isn't just restricted to the actual gameplay either. The graphics are basic and the vehicle models are ugly as sin, and the track designs can at best be described as 'alright.' All of the staples of the arcade racer are here - city, countryside, mountain, coastline and, erm, train yard...but they all look bland as hell and the headlight effects used on the night stages are pathetic. Background music is cringeworthy and engine sounds unremarkable, although special mention must also go to the overly enthusiastic announcer (who even announces the options menu). I guess it's good that at least someone is enjoying themselves, eh?!
Most of the PAL exclusives on the Dreamcast are actually quite good and a loss to the other territories' libraries. Headhunter, Stunt GP and Evil Twin are all decent games and would undoubtedly have sold well in the US (maybe not so Japan), but those gamers outside of the PAL regions really dodged a bullet when Titus decided not to publish this dross worldwide. One other odd thing I noticed is this fairly stereotypical image of a French character in EOS, complete with beret and Eiffel Tower:
|Of course his name's Pierre!|
Update: Here's a little video I created while I was messing about playing EOS for this article.