Title: 007 (James Bond) Racing   Developer: Eutechnyx   Type: Action Racing
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007 (James Bond) Racing
"Become the world's most famous secret agent and get behind the wheel of some of his most exciting vehicles, each stocked full of gadgets and weaponry. In 007 Racing there aren't any tracks and there's no first place... This is all about survival..!"
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PSone REVIEW:
 
It\'s a dangerous world out there, and in this \'dangerous\' world you need some mighty \'dangerous\' weaponry. Thankfully in 007 Racing you get it, along with several gadgets thoughtfully provided by Q, and R.

Missions consist of all manner of objectives. You could be frantically trying to stop a deadly female enemy from escaping, whilst systematically trying to dodge heavily armored tanks gunning for you (along with jeeps and other obstacles blocking your path), not to mention trying to avoid getting involved in a head on collision with oncoming innocent drivers. The next thing you know you\'re driving for your life, trying to escape before roads become blocked and enemy aircraft blow up the bridges. With trees falling, tanks getting in the way and even the humps in the road possibly spelling disaster there\'s certainly plenty to hold your attention. Oh… and watch out for those cliff edges, James!

You start off with a machine gun, which is kind of useful for killing off enemies. Boxes and weapons are gathered by simply driving through them and thankfully they are all easy to see, and simple to use. Other items available for collection are EMP\'s (electromagnetic pulse) and various gadgets to use against machinery (such as certain types of scanners).

When first loading the game, we are treated to Bond movie extracts and they look such good quality you could almost be watching the movie! The makers of 007 Racing have obviously gone to a great deal effort to get you in the right sort of mood to play this game.

On starting your first mission the first thing noticed was the detail of the surrounding scenery, the trees in particular caught my attention. The cars grind out tracks and skid marks on roads, while sliding on the grass leaves muddy tracks. Buildings look solid and detailed. There are even people on the streets who leap out of your way and deliver derisive comments on your driving. Overall, the graphics are very smooth, with only a few rough edges.

I have to say the music really makes this game complete. The volume can be adjusted at any point in the game, and there are several music tracks to choose from. There is commentary, which I found amusing at times. My favorite one being there are several 00agents, but there is only one of those cars! (This was referring to my poor driving skills, and managing to hit every obstacle in my path!). The comments received are based upon your actions, so you get what you deserve.

The gameplay is excellent. The cars handle like a car should, kicking out when you handbrake, or hit something, or take a jump the wrong way. I found the controls quite easy to pick up and it doesn\'t take long to learn how to use the weapons. The missions can be difficult at times. Some enemies are easy to kill, and can be killed in several different ways. For example, forklift trucks can be shot from behind (difficult!), or tricked into running into explosive crates. It can be difficult at first to follow directions, especially when trying not to bump into things, but you\'ll adjust soon enough. The game is very open, and there are several routes to choose from in which to reach your objectives on certain levels. 2 Player Battle is a lot of fun and the fact that it has two different modes should make sure you\'ll never get bored of playing this with friends.

FEATURES:
 
Be agent 007 behind the wheel of an amazing collection of vehicles from the Bond universe.

Over15 wide-ranging missions from pursuit to termination inspired from famous Bond film moments.

Famous Q branch vehicles such as Aston Martin, Lotus and BMW.

Each vehicle is loaded with tons of gadgets and weapons.

Battle famous Bond movie villains.

OPTIONS:
 
• 1 Disk(s)
• CD Media
• 2 Block required on Memory card per save (min)
• Up to 2 Players (without Multi-tap)
• 2 way split screen multi-player option
• Uses Dual Shock Pad Buttons
• Uses Dual Shock Pad Analog Sticks
• Uses Dual Shock Pad Vibration facility

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Review SUMMARY and SCORE
Sam Witts  "To be honest, although I knew this game was high profile, I had doubts as to whether or not I would really enjoy it. But, I was very surprised to find that I loved every minute of 007 Racing.

I loved the way the cars handled, especially when it came to bends and corners, (I actually spent half an hour just racing back and forth making skid marks and pulling handbrake turns)."
Graphics  15/20
Playability  42/50
Sound  8/10
Lastability  15/20
80%
This is a fantastic game that we think you will enjoy playing for quite some time.
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REVIEW SCORE GUIDE:

OUR PLEDGE:

We promise that we have fully played '007 (James Bond) Racing' before writing this review. The scores given above are our honest opinion and were not influenced in any way by the manufacturer or distributor of the game.

SUMMARY OF FINAL RATING (%)

00 - 59 This makes your console seem like an older machine. It utilises little or none of the PSone power.

60 - 69 This game is little more than average and we advise renting or play-testing before considering a purchase.

70 - 79 This is a good solid title that should still appeal to those who like this type of game.

80 - 89 This is a fantastic game that we think you will enjoy playing for quite some time.

90 - 100 This game either pushes the boundaries of it's genre further than ever before on this system, or creates a completely new gaming experience. Either way, it should not be missed and is an essential purchase in our opinion.

IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ:

It is very important that you are aware that the criteria we use to obtain review scores on the PS2 is very different to that used for games on the original Playstation (PSone). The Processing and Graphical power of the two consoles are vastly different and as our reviews are graded against what we estimate is the achievable potential of each system, it does not mean in any way that a game scoring 80 percent on PS2 is worse than a Playstation (PSone) equivalent which scores 95.

A more detailed breakdown of this guide can be read here.


READERS REVIEWS:

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PSone Review SUMMARY and SCORE
Vikas Soni  "Well, I Am Not The One Who Goes By The Ratings Of A Game. 007 Racing Is The Best Games Of It`s Type. It Has A Wide Range Of Varied Missions And Some Really Cool Cg Movies. It Is Frustratingly Hard At Times But The Ability To Restart A Mission Instantly Makes You To Try It Just Once More. Graphically, The Game Could Have Been Better But Still The Game Is Better Than "driver2" (just My Opinion). It Is Surely Worth A Rental. Just Don`t Panic While Playing It. Remember Patience Is The Key To This Game."
Graphics  18/20
Playability  48/50
Sound  9/10
Lastability  18/20
93%
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