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Hot Wheels Turbo Racing

video game review video game review Video Game Review: Hot Wheels Turbo Racing Publisher: Electronic Arts
Category: Racing
Platform: PS1, N64
ESRB Rating: Everyone    Release Date: September 1999

Overall Rating: 2 Stars out of 4

Review by Tom Allen
2 Stars out of 4
(Review of PS1 version)

Published by Electronic Arts, available for PlayStation and Nintendo 64. Whether you're playing the PlayStation version or the Nintendo 64 version, Hot Wheels Turbo Racing feels exactly the same. Both versions offer 40 cars, each of which feels very different. Some cars control with decent accuracy, while others control so poorly (especially in landing capabilities) that we wonder why they are even including in the game. If you find us a person who actually CHOOSES to use a poor racer, I'll find you a person who likes to stick needles in his eyeballs and other balls.

Somehow I can't picture skilled racers playing with these kinds of cars "just for the challenge," so I think it's a big mistake to make them available. A casual player might pick a poor car and think it is respresentative of the game's quality.

Electronic Arts scored big points with its other racer, Beetle Adventure, and I think a key factor in its success was that nothing prevented you from getting to the core enjoyment of the game. Hot Wheels could learn a lesson or two from Beetle.

On the plus side, barrel rolls and other stunts are easy to perform in mid-air, and the toy car theme means no annoying crashes. After all, you can't really trash a toy car.

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