Review: International Super Karts (PS2 Classics for PS3)
Written By Matt Sainsbury on Thursday, March 1, 2012 | 11:14
I don’t understand the point of having a racing game that doesn’t handle well. It may be my experience with racing games, or lack thereof, but even if that were the case, I don’t really understand why on the lowest difficulty I’m smashing into every wall as if the game was called International Bumper Karts. When moving fast, and I admit, I’m a speed demon, your turning circle is very wide. Rarely will you be able to make the turn easily, and almost the instant you drive off-road, you spin out facing the direction you just came from.
The courses simply lack imagination. A simple track with some turns and hills. The background details are quite forgettable, with none of the individual tracks being memorable. The only local I do remember is the industrial area as it was replayed over and over and over again on the menu screen.
The AI is decent, the leaders of the pact do a great job of keeping the pace (even on the lowest difficulty). However, and I don’t understand the reasoning behind this, but during championship races, you always start in last place. Though the one thing that I am amazed to see is the results. Instead of once you cross the finish line the race is over, it waits for the rest of the field to complete the race. I don’t know why I love the feature so much, but it adds a sense of realism.
The controls are quite simplistic. You are able to accelerate, brake (which you will need to use a lot). You also have the ability to switch your viewpoint and look behind you. That was where I had the most fun. Driving the correct way, while facing backwards. It was sort of sad that I had to resort to making my own fun in this game, but I simply could not enjoy it.
One of the major issues arose when I booted up the game. Prompting me to connect the controller, I did so to find myself assigned as player 1. Thinking I was connected, I unplugged my cable, only to find I was no longer any player! I have the ability to sit close to my PS3 to play connected with a cable, but I’m sure it would be difficult for many to have the limitation of needing a cable to play with a wireless controller.
This game was simply not enjoyable. Yes it’s a racer and it works, but I couldn’t enjoy playing it. There are so few tracks to play, and none of them are enjoyable to race on. The fundamentals of a racing game should be the enjoyment, but I failed to find any in here.
- Sam M
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