the Simpson's episode where Homer designed a car that
bankrupted his brother's company, Powell Motors? Top
Gear RPM Tuning might just be the videogame equivalent
of The Homer. It's bloody hell.
maybe not that bad but I doubt that you already have
this game. And I doubt that you'll ever get this game.
And I doubt that any of your friends have this game
or ever will get it. I also know that none of you
drive a Homer so I'm not that far off the mark.
used to rule with its Top Gear series but times have
changed and Top Gear hasn't. It can't even begin to
compare to the competition that it spawned with games
like Burnout, Street Racing Syndicate, Midnight Club
and Need For Speed. These are polished, high tech,
racing games. It looks as though the developers gave
up halfway through completion of Top Gear and said,
"Enough's enough. Just get it out of here."
Kemco knows it's an inferior product and that's why
you can buy it for twenty bucks. But don't. It's not
worth it. You will spend a quarter of that on a rental
that you will play longer than this one.
least the controls are good in Top Gear. The vehicles
handle nicely but that's about it for any positive
comments. Customizing vehicles not only changes their
appearance but does affect their performance. There's
not as many options as in the above-mentioned games
but at least the basics are covered: wheels; engine;
body, and paint.
story mode is like an amalgam of every bad B-movie
ever produced. From the coma-cool persona of the title
character, Vince Riker, to the wizened, Kris Kristofferson
lookalike, there are enough cliches in this game to
choke a horse. (Get it? That last statement itself
was a cliché. I'm so brill.)
with all street racing games the premise doesn't venture
off the beaten path. You compete against other racers
to qualify for championships. Here you'll earn money
for upgrades and new cars. You will also increase
your "fame" rating by beating tough opponents
and modifying your vehicle's appearance. Each championship
involves some four different races. You have to win
them all to move on. Get caught by the cops and you
have to start all over again from the beginning. This
is something you don't ever want to do more than twice.
the race if you find yourself at the rear of the pack
it's almost impossible to take the lead regardless
of what you do. If you're really behind the CPU will
wait for you to catch up and once you do you forfeit
the right to pass - or so it seems. Only when you
use the nitro can you gain on the lead. Even then
the other cars will conspire against you by trying
to knock you out of the race. If you manage to grab
the lead, you will always be trailed by a vehicle
that's just waiting for you to make a mistake.
tracks are so basic that they look as though some
kid made them with a track editor. Aside from a few
twist and turns there's not much of a challenge to
make them interesting. Graphically they environments
are simplistic and boxy. The buildings are low res
and the incidental traffic is composed of unbelievably
ugly looking vehicles. At least the main, unlicensed
vehicles don't look nearly as terrible.
voiceacting and looped techno music round out the
cheesy production values. Don't let Top Gear's past
glories fool you. There's no good reason on God's
gray earth why anyone would want to play this street
racing game when there are so many good ones available.