|Hello? Is this thing on? Reminds me of the average DreamPod recording session...|
|One of the many 1960's themed loading screens.|
|Draw distances are outstanding.|
On the subject of weapons (or ‘gags’ as they’re known here), they are collected by flying through crates in a fairly standard manner for this genre, and most of them can be used to great effect against your rival racers. This is really where Space Race comes into its own and the humour of the cartoons shines though, as the arsenal on offer is pretty faithful to what you’d expect to see Wil E. Coyote employing during a Saturday afternoon short. Boxing gloves on springs, instant holes that you can drop behind you on the track, lucky four leaf clovers for invincibility, laser guns, and a device which when activated causes a number of improbable items (anvils, grand pianos, pink elephants) to drop from the sky onto adversaries. Great fun when you happen to deploy it…not so much when it happens to you.
Everything about the races is just pure
fun. It’s true that your chances of winning are reliant on which weapons you
can collect and how well you can handle your bike when the insanely fast turbo
boost is enabled, but I don’t think I’ve ever played a kart racer on the Dreamcast that gets the balance of actual racing skill and well
timed weapon deployment so perfectly weighted. Yes, it can get be annoying when
you get crushed by a grand piano or a laser beam turns you into a pile of ash just
as you’re about to cross the finish line in first place; but the high-octane,
jostling, overtly enjoyable nature of the races means you don’t mind hitting ‘race again,’
because the next time you play the outcome will most likely be totally different.
|ACME product placement accusations were unfounded.|
It’d be really easy for me to just go on praising Space Race for another couple of thousand words such is the quality of the product. Everything from the voice samples (which do admittedly get repeated a tad too often) and the themed loading screens to the music and the locations in which you race so accurately and faithfully depict the Looney Tunes universe that for a fan of the subject matter, this is like heaven.
|In space, no-one can hear you get blown up by a cartoon bomb.|
|Loading screens are packed with original artwork.|
|Armageddon? Bruce Willis wouldn't stand a chance against that beast.|
True 1080p Dreamcast footage captured using Ash Evans' HD Dreamcast mod. More coming soon on this.