In the game you can choose one of the best rally cars, like Toyota Cerica (real Celica) and Mancia (real Lancia) Delta to try your driving skills on one of four types of track. Tracks has many obstacles to avoid, and your goal now is to win a race with less damage.
The game has the same engine as Rally Championships but now you don't envolved in management and it is stunt races.
Another racing game comes along ... Deadly Racer sound quite cool, doesn't it? Sounds like sitting in a killer machine like Carmageddon or Destruction Derby! But it just sounds like that. Deadly Racer is an arcade-style version of a rally racing game. The engine is the same we had in Rally Championships, the gameplay is fun and the graphics are superb.
Let's begin talking about the Pros in this game. - The graphics are great. All seven (!) cars are drawn very pretty and look like the original. Just the names were changed slightly. So instead of a Toyota Celica we have the Toyosa Cerica. - The controls are brilliant. You can choose keyboard or joystick control. Pressing the fire button or space key makes you car accelerate. Pushing the stick forwards or backwards (or cursor-keys up and down) makes you shift gears. Left and right is for - guess what - steering. The car animations are very fluent and its fun to race through the tracks with these accurate controls. - You can choose three different game types: practice, single race and world championship - The different tracks have a nice variety of surroundings, extras and obstacles
And now the sad Cons of Deadly Racer. There doesn't seem to be a difference between the game types except that you can choose your tracks in single race mode. The highscores do not seem to be saved. After finishing a track you get directly back to the title screen - which makes it just 4 tracks to race. When you slipped because of an oil puddle or hit an obstacle you need to manually shift down to first gear (which sometimes doesn't work too well) and it takes ages to accelerate again
I liked the game very much - in the first 10 minutes. Maybe I am doing something wrong but I cannot say anything else than: "This game is fun for a few minutes. You will enjoy racing and controlling the nicely drawn cars but please do not expect this to be something for long evenings."
It's 2 points for me then.
BUT if the interface had been better and the controls would be improved, Deadly Racer could have had a good chance to be a five points game...
A fun action racing game with excellent digitized graphics of cars and scenery, Deadly Racer makes up for what it lacks in realism and long-term play value with outstanding graphics and sound effects.
There are over 10 cars to choose from, each with its own characteristics. As far as I can tell, the cars are modeled after real-life counterparts, although the names have been slightly altered (Porsche to "Corsche," for example) to evidently avoid potential lawsuits. There are three gameplay modes: practice, single rally, and world tournament rally-- although the only difference between them is whether or not your time is recorded, and how many tracks you compete in. You can choose between automatic gear or manual for additional challenge, although due to the game's strong arcade focus, they are not very different from each other.
Where Deadly Racer truly shines is in the graphics department. The cars are very well digitized, their movements are fluid, engine sounds are authentic, and details such as skid marks, track scenery, and weather effects (e.g. rain) are all top-notch. There are two factors you must contend with on the tracks: damage and fuel levels, both of which are presented clearly on the screen. Hit the curb one too many times or accelerate too often, and the race is over.
Overall, Deadly Racer may not have big-name label behind it (in fact, I'm not even sure who wrote the game), but it's definitely worth a look for all racing fans, especially fans of action-style racers such as Destruction Derby Be warned, though: the cars are not easily controlled, and the lack of on-screen map of the track can be disorienting for a while. Watch the yellow arrow to see where you're going!
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