Review: Golden Age of Racing (PS2 Classics for PS3)
Written By Matt Sainsbury on Monday, March 5, 2012 | 10:35
The tracks themselves range from speedways to road courses and as such helps to add some variety to the scenery. The game gets a few things right as the graphics are generally appealing even if they are far from a technical marvel. There are several other cars on the track with you at a time and I did not notice any clipping or framerate slowdown, even when there were several cars jockeying for position.
Speaking of cars bumping into one another, this is one area where realism gets thrown out of the window. Even the slightest bump of a car’s rear wheel can cause some very funny airborn antics. The computer controlled cars seem less effected by collisions than your vehicle does, however. You can send an opponent flying into the air, only for them to land and immediately be right back into the thick of things.
The cars really do not control very well. They have a back heavy feel to them that makes tight turning almost impossible at speed, using the brake option does not seem to slow you down enough for some turns, and using the hand brake option has a tendency to spin you around so you are facing the wrong way. These lead to crashes, which you have no way of fixing mid-race, but since your computer opponents do not seem to have the same problems, you have to put together an almost perfect race, even on easier AI settings.
It is hard to say who this title was aiming at, really. It feels like something geared toward the more casual racer because it is lacking any sort of upgrade/purchase system, but newcomers or casual racing fans may find the controls too hard to get used to and could grow frustrated and give up before learning the nuances of the racing system. This is a title that I cannot help but feel would have been a bit underwhelming back when it was released for the PlayStation 2, and unfortunately it has not aged particularly well since that time.
- Nick H has is own blog, well worth checking out - Chalgyr's Game Room
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