|System: DS, PS2||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Island Racing Studios||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Valcon Games||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: April 28, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
As you progress, the A.I. starts to give you the gears. It wouldn't be so bad if you could actually fight back as in the console version, but instead you almost always find yourself on the defensive. Later in the game you can actually use this pack mentality to your advantage as they begin to take on each other, causing various accidents and generally slowing down all of the A.I. Just find an opening, shoot through it, and you won't have much of a problem maintaining your lead. It's one way to win, but it doesn't feel as though you've accomplished much. You may have outsmarted the programming, but you didn't beat the game by skill.
Not all is bad news on the Corvette Evolution GT front. While the game is certainly playable, I'm upset about how average the overall presentation and gameplay is. This game could have been a lot more than what it is. The four-player multiplayer mode gives us a glimpse into how good this game could be if only the A.I. were more realistic. Playing with two other players, I was impressed by how much more fun the game was when the only thing you have to rely on is your skill or the lack thereof of your competitors. In this mode you will appreciate the tight control system and large track design.
Other flaws manifest themselves in the technical aspects of the game, most notably the graphics. For the most part the 3D engine does run smoothly, but overall there is a lack of refinement. Pop up and draw distance are commonplace. Sometimes vehicles will disappear from the screen altogether. The tracks are well designed, representing European settings such as the Italian countryside or the city of Berlin. They have good detail and a fair amount of depth.. Licensed cars include GMs, Mercedes Benz, Audi, Volkswagen, and Bugatti. The less they move, the nicer they look. As soon as a number of vehicles appear onscreen at the same time, the resolution drops. The cars lose their luster.
The sound effects are decent, but the music is retro, cheesy 80s rock that repeats ad nauseam. If the developers could get a dozen cars licensed for this game, I'm sure they could have secured the rights to a decent soundtrack. But maybe they figured that not too many people would play this game to the bitter end.
CCC Senior Writer