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|A.P.I Review:||AYRTON SENNAS KART DUAL 2|
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|Game Type:||Racing||Memory Card|
|Availability:||Out Now||Standard Joypad|
Another racing game makes it debut on the PlayStation, but this time its not cars, bikes or even boats that are the subject. Instead Sunsoft have opted to cover the motorsport that has been the starting point for so many of the worlds great racing drivers - Karting! The combination of the speed at which the bigger Karts can travel and the fact that your backside is only inches from the floor, make this one of the most exciting and adrenaline pumping sports that is currently available for those of us who have dreamt of becoming a professional Formula 1 or Indycar racing driver. The races within the game are located at five real Japanese tracks and 3 specially created courses. Some of them are indoor, some outdoor, while others are a mixture of the two. You will start with the slowest of the four classes of Kart and need to finish in the top 3 on each of the initial tracks, before faster Karts and additional venues are unlocked. You can either race against the clock, or the seven other computer controlled racers in the Grand Prix mode. Better still, plug in another joypad and compete against a friend in the split-screen option. Although this is an outright Arcade style racer, you still have been given the option of adjusting the settings of your machine by altering the seat position (for rear grip), the tyre tread (for steering sensitivity) and the gearing (for acceleration). Three levels of difficulty are included: Easy, Normal and Hard. The analog pad is not supported, however the game performs well enough with the normal digital joypad. Unlike most racers, there is no rear view - so you will have to concentrate on overtaking those in front of you rather than defending your position from those lurking behind. Finally, once you have finished racing for the day you can settle down in front of the T.V and watch a couple of short interviews with Mr Senna, or check out the photo gallery. If you are interested in knowing more about the construction of your Kart, then their is a database within the game that allows you to familiarize yourself with each individual component!
There is little doubting that Ayrton Senna was an amazing racing driver. So great were his achievements that only a game of the quality of Gran Turismo would truly justify the use of his name. Unfortunately Kart Dual 2 is not such a game. While there are more options available to fine tune your kart than seen on pervious games of this type, the actual racing would probably only appeal to younger gamers who find the vehicles used in Formula 1, V-Rally, TOCA and Gran Turismo far too difficult to control.