Out Run – Sega Icon

In 1986 Sega released a follow up of sorts to the company’s highly successful Hang-On game from the previous year. Utilizing the same processor technology of that acclaimed motorcycle game, Out Run was born and became a massive hit for Sega. Like Hang-On, players drove through various stages as quickly as possible, accumulating a scoreContinue reading “Out Run – Sega Icon”

TOCA 2 Touring Cars – Total Engrossment

TOCA 2: Touring Cars is one of those rare occurrences of the right game at the right time. Released at the tail end of 1998, it fully took advantage of the racing game frenzy that had been set off by Gran Turismo the year prior. But TOCA 2 was not a Gran Turismo copycat –Continue reading “TOCA 2 Touring Cars – Total Engrossment”

Sega Classic: Hang-On

The Sega Master System was the first video game console I ever owned. I remember opening it Christmas morning 1987 with the kind of excitement only a child under the age of 10 obtains. My parents were smart, making sure I opened this gift last, because before the wrapping paper even hit the ground, IContinue reading “Sega Classic: Hang-On”

Rock N’ Roll Racing – Bygone Genre

Rock and Rock N’ Roll Racing was a party. Right from the title and cover art there is no mistaken what this game was all about; fun. It was a vehicle combat game with an actual soundtrack. In fact, I don’t remember much about this game other than the soundtrack and a vague recollection ofContinue reading “Rock N’ Roll Racing – Bygone Genre”

A Deeper Look – Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights

I’ve been on a bit of a roll lately discussing car racing video games that attempted to cash in on the Tuner craze of the 2000s. The game that probably went all-in the hardest was Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights. Released in 2007, Juiced 2 was a sort of middle ground between Need for SpeedContinue reading “A Deeper Look – Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights”

An Interesting Past – Super Sprint

Last week we covered Ivan Ironman Stewart’s Super Off Road, a game many describe as Super Sprint, but on dirt with trucks. So, this week let’s take a closer look at Super Sprint – a game with an interesting history. Released in 1986, Super Sprint was a successor to the previously released game simply titleContinue reading “An Interesting Past – Super Sprint”

Underrated – Need For Speed ProStreet

By 2008, the Tuner scene was growing up. Although it had only been seven years since the original The Fast and the Furious hit theatres and five years since the original Need for Speed Underground was released, things were changing. People were no longer cosplaying the illegal street racing lifestyle and were getting more andContinue reading “Underrated – Need For Speed ProStreet”

Ivan “Ironman” Stewart’s Super Off Road

This game, with an incredibly long name, was one of my favourites when I was nine years old. After its release it immediately shot to the top of my list of must play machines whenever I’d spot one in an arcade. I’d drop several dollars’ worth of quarters into the machine – not exactly chumpContinue reading “Ivan “Ironman” Stewart’s Super Off Road”

Growing Up Gran Turismo: Part 7

It was only three short years between the release of Gran Turismo 5 (GT5) and the release of Gran Turismo 6 (GT6). I say short for two reasons. First, the gap between Gran Turismo 4 (GT4) and Gran Turismo 5 was six years, so the time frame here was cut in half. The other reasonContinue reading “Growing Up Gran Turismo: Part 7”

Need For Speed Underground 2 – Riders on the Storm

Many sequels do not live up to their predecessors – it’s hard to match the hype. On the odd occasion, some do succeed in adequately continuing a franchise. But rarely does a sequel better the original. Unless of course, that sequel is Need For Speed (NFS) Underground 2. Released in late 2004, NFS Underground 2Continue reading “Need For Speed Underground 2 – Riders on the Storm”