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This is a game for the maniac drivers out there!!! If you are tired of NASCAR or INDYCAR because of their heaviness: every detail has to be perfect to get your car running smoothly, the scenery is dull and very repetitive, gear shifting is unpractical, every time your tires screech it's a bad sign. Well now it's over, SUPERKARTS is here! Nothing for you to adjust, simply drive and slide all the way. Is it not right that all the great champions began their careers with karting, just like the late Ayrton Senna (he was one of the greatest drivers in the world and we miss him very much). Maybe this game sounds like another simulator, (watching the introduction will convince you of that) but it isn't. This is a pure arcade game where you can drive, push the others into the wall, and drop oil slicks for them in the curves. You can also pick up some nice gimmicks along the road such as a turbo. You use it preferably in the straightaways where it gets your tires burning, but what an acceleration. The super grip is designed to give you better traction in the corners, and the money can improve your kart between the races.
One good feature about this game is the speed of the kart (up to 100 mph 160km/h) and the feeling of sliding in the curves. If you turn too hard you will only slide and won't go very fast, everything is in the feeling of the steering wheel, but don't worry, you'll get the hang of it in no time like with any other arcade game. And there is no risk of blowing your engine, because there are no tricky gear selections.
In order to view the effects of the oil slicks or anything else, you can choose a camera angle on your kart or someone else's. You can also save your game between each race, which is nice feature in an arcade game.
Of course if you have many pals you can also play it over an internal net, but I didn't see anything about modems (sobs). Yes, the game sounds like fun, but this isn't the end of it. The tracks are the best part with any kind you choose, from jungle in Brazil to ice covered paving blocks in Moscow, beach like in the USA or an old industrial zone in Germany. Some of the tracks have unmapped routes, while others have a crossing in them, such as the ones in the shape of an eight which at first is very surprising.
Maybe the sceneries are too much like cartoon's, but the speed and maniability don't leave you much time to notice them. And if you play with the CD version, you risk getting more tense and excited because of the 17 techno tracks found on the CD.
So, be bold on the steering wheel and remember it's only a game, and most of all: Have fun!
GT Interactive Software
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New-York, NY 10016
Virgin Interactive Entertainment Ltd.,
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London W10 5AH.
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