Speed Racer: The Video Game Review
Speed Racer box art
System: Wii Review Rating Legend
Dev: Sidhe Interactive 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Warner Bros. 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: May 6, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Control in this game is pretty awkward. The game makes exclusive use of the Wii-mote for steering, and is also compatible with the Wii Wheel peripheral. There are two main ways to control: with the controller face up or the controller facing you. And while having the controller face you makes the control feel a little more natural, the car does not respond very quickly when you use this control scheme.

The best way to control is with the controller facing up, performing tilting motions to steer. However, this control scheme does seem a little awkward at first and gives the impression that you're driving a bus rather than driving a high powered vehicle. There is also a noticeable autosteering component to the control that fills in the gaps when you are asleep at the wheel. And while this may prevent frustration in the smaller crowd that plays this title, those who like to have complete control over their games might be a little disappointed. It would have been nice if you were able to turn the autosteering off, but after scouring through several menus, I was not able to find such an option.

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Graphics in this title are definitely below average and look blurry. Looking at the game is a little weird because while the foreground action looks blurry and out of focus, the background images are much sharper. This makes for some serious difficulty in terms of the player's ability to focus on the race, and it is very easy for the eyes to be drawn away from the action. Animation quality is so-so, but the blurry look of the game really detracts from this visual component. One interesting thing about the visuals I did like, however, were the character stills. Despite the revamped look of the Speed Racer series for the movie, the stills have a more vintage look to them that recalls the original anime.

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Sound in this game is quite good. Each track has its own music, which is sampled from the movie score. Voice acting is also very good and features voice work by the original actors from the movie. Both of these components make the sound scheme one of the best facets of the entire game.

So does the Speed Racer videogame continue the status quo of mediocre-or-less movie tie-ins? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. It has lackluster graphics, awkward controls, and just doesn't make a memorable or worthwhile game experience. And while small details like the sound or unlockable characters may give this title some value, on the whole it will probably just prove to be just another underwhelming and unmemorable movie tie-in game from 2008.

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.0
Graphics
The vehicle and track graphics are very blurry, which is strange because backgrounds look sharp. Characters don't move, but I can give appreciate their old-school style.
2.0
Control
Definitely take some getting used to…holding the Wii Wheel/ Wii-mote horizontally feels more like driving a bus rather than the Mach 6.
3.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Diverse track music and voice acting are quite enjoyable.
3.0

Play Value
Despite the overwhelming monotony of the different tracks, there is quite a bit to unlock here for the committed fan. But if you're looking for actual gameplay depth, this is not the title to find it in.

2.9
Overall Rating - Average
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Play more than 19 characters from the film featuring the voices of Emile Hirsch as Speed Racer, Matthew Fox as Racer X, and Christina Ricci as Trixie.
  • High-speed action going over 400 MPH as you race through amazing stadiums tracks featuring loops, corkscrews, jumps and more.
  • Master Car-Fu combat and fight your way to the finish by smashing, jumping, flipping, and spinning other cars off the track Split-screen multi-player racing on the Wii lets you take on…or take out…your friends.
  • Compatible with the Wii wheel.


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