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San Francisco Rush 2049

video game review video game review video game review video game review Video Game Review: San Francisco Rush 2049 Publisher: Midway
Category: Driving
Platform: Dreamcast, N64, Game Boy
ESRB Rating: Everyone    Release Date: September 2000

Overall Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 4

Review by Tom Allen
3½ Stars out of 4
(Review of Dreamcast version)

As you can imagine from the title, San Francisco Rush 2049 is set in one of America's greatest and most beautiful cities. If this game is any indication, the city by the bay will not lose this distinction in fifty years.

The imaginative level designs of Rush 2049 are so good that they invoke memories of Beetle Adventure Racing, an under-appreciated classic. Some of the levels are downright maze-like in the intricacy of their shortcuts. The Hot Wheels-like ramps, tunnels, and upside-down loops make you feel like you're finally experiencing the thrills that those stupid plastic toy tracks were meant to deliver.

Several ramps, activated by switches on the road, launch you into the air. Here, you can extend your car's wings and attempt to coerce a smooth landing. Daredevils will try to pull off a stunt or two before leveling out. In fact, a stunt mode places you in well-designed arenas for practicing said stunts. A battle mode and a multi-player mode are also included.

Players can even access the Internet through the Dreamcast and download "ghost cars" from players all over the world. This feature is not too compelling, but it sure is neat.

Let me say this loud and clear: Rush 2049 is a great game that will be unfairly overlooked by hordes of gamers simply because it's not an established franchise and hasn't been the center of a huge marketing campaign. Rush 2049 is a sleeper hit. Do yourself a favor: wake up and buy this game.

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