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JET MOTO

Developer

Single Trac

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Distributer

SCEA

1-2 Player

Game Type

Racing

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Review Date

Dec 1996

Setting the Scene

Yeeeeeeeeee Haaaa!!!
Another racing game!!! For racing game fanatics such as myself, the last few months have proven to been a video gaming nirvana for us Playstation owners. What, with great racing games like Wipeout XL, F1, Andretti Racing, Destruction Derby 2, Motor Toon GP and now Jet Moto just being released, I can't think of a better time to be a racing fan.

Jet Moto implements a somewhat origninal concept of using multi-terrain hover craft type vehicles to race with. With these "wave runner" styled vehicles you get to navigate over all kinds of track conditions from gravel to water, from asphalt to ice. It doesn't stop there...pieces of the courses are often missing, forcing you to time turns and turbo activations or face falling off the course. The action is non-stop and the competition fearce...think you can handle it???

Genre

Jet Rider is a frantic multi surface racing competition that allows you to tear up tortuous stretches of ocean, swamp and snow covered mountain side as you strap yourself onto a cross between a jet ski, a motocross bike, and a rocket. The object of the game is to compete against 19 other riders through championship, rally and elimination races on a futuristic Jet Bike that flies, bucks and manoeuvres like nothing seen before in a game.

Graphics

For anyone familiar with Single Trac's past offerings (Warhawk, Twisted Metal 1 & 2), this game has the same signiture graphics. I would term it; detailed graphics with a somewhat grainy look. Don't get me wrong, the graphics are very much 2nd generation but Single Trac games, to me, always seems that you are looking at their games through a defuser or something. Anyway, the characters and bikes are nicely colored and plastered with advertisements, as are the tracks and background scenary.

Another nice thing is that there is virtually never any slowdown to be found in this game. The screen action is blazing and never lets up. There is also very little of the famous Playstation popup. It seems that these 2nd gen titles have found a way of addressing this little nuisance. As far as the animations go...well, there is a hell of a lot going on while you race. Animated billboard signs decorate the courses flashing advertisements for Butterfinger, Nestles and Mountain Dew products, to name a few. Gravel kicks up, ofter momentarily blinding you and the water effects, while not as good as say Waverace 64, are very well done and play an intricate part of the game. If you look closely while you are cruising in the water, you will notice that there are calm spots in the water that will allow you to increase your speed and handling. This adds a nice touch of realism.

The character animations are also very well done. All in all, aside from a few graphic breakup glitches (polygon white-out), everything is top notch.

Sounds and Effects

The sound effects are crisp and well defined. You cruiser sounds like the well oiled machine it should be and the other various sound effects blend perfectly in with the gameplay (just wait until you fly off the cliff in the ice course...the echo effects of your character screaming is a riot!). The music is what really shines though...It's kind of a crose between Pulp Fiction meets the surfer scene. Great guitar riffs highlight this original soundtrack and match the game perfectly.





Playability

The gameplay aspect of this title provides a great deal of depth. When you start the game you are presented with a selection of 20 characters, and four different teams to choose from. Each character has his or her own characteristics and bike styles. Some bikes handle better than others while some are faster or have a higher top end, while still others are heavier. Depending on how you wish to race, character selection is extreemly important. A light bike will handle well and is very fast, but a heavier bike can knock the crap out of it...so unless you plan on being out in front every race, the lightest bike is not necessarily the best.

Next you get to select from season or one track races. You are given 3 tracks to start with and three levels of difficulty. Win the first season on intermediate level and you are presented with four new tracks. Beat the next season on the professional level and you are given three more tracks. Beat all of the tracks and you get into a mode that allows you to perform trick manuvers for points! This is an excellent idea to add playtime to a game that you have already defeated. The scoring mode is set up in such a way that you accumulate points for the position that you place in a race. This way, you don't need to actually win every race you just need to have the most points by the end of the season to win.

Handling of the bikes is very responsive and tight for the most part, but there are some turns that are EXTREEMLY tight. To make these turns you need to use a special device on your bike called "grapple". This activates special sensor poles at each of the tight turn locations. The poles send out a particle beam that grabs onto your bike and helps you to make the tight corner. If you don't release the grapple at the right moment though, you can be slammed into the electrified lane boarders! Ouch!!

Ready for my gripe?? In the two player mode you can only race head to head. While this is a great amount of fun, it would have been much better if you were able to race a friend with the whole pack of other racers included! The only reason that I could think of as to why they left out the rest of the pack was to keep the frame rate up. But, considering the fact that other games allow for this mode of play, I figure Single Trac should have been able to figure it out too...Anyway, this small complaint aside, the game is a blast to play!

Value for Money

This game is challenging and lot's of fun to play! You have a wide array of bikes and characters to pick from. The game is certainly an original concept with loads of variety and strategy. It's just too bad you couldn't race against the pack in two player mode. A great racer!

Opinion

TOM

GRAPHICS:

Good

Lot's of fun and there is also hidden shortcuts to discover on each course. Jet Moto is a worthwhile addition to the Playstations already impressive selection of racing games.

SOUND:

Brilliant

PLAYABILITY:

Good

VALUE:

Good

OVERALL
8/10

JIM

GRAPHICS:

Average

It takes a while to learn how to manoeuver your jet-ski, but its worth persevering. Some of the tracks are very difficult and will need to be practiced over and over before you will be able to win, but this just adds to the life-span of the game.

SOUND:

Good

PLAYABILITY:

Brilliant

VALUE:

Good

OVERALL
8/10

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