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Upon first firing up this arcade \\'Kart\\' racing game I was a little taken back by the outlay of the menu system. The icons and text seemed all jumbled and disorientated, however after getting used to it (which honestly only took a short time); all seemed well and the form actually fit with the games lighthearted style.
You start with four characters that are playable, and by winning races, or events, you earn soldiers, which are the key to unlocking more events and courses. I found most of the racing and events to be fairly easy, although some; like the collection or target events can be difficult since the player is also pitted against the clock.
This kart racer is a little different too. The only way to advance beyond the beginning stages is to play all of the characters. You can\\'\\'t just pick one and go, you have to play them all as they inter-mingle with each other to unlock more events.
The control of the game is very straightforward and very sharp. The steering of the cars is tight and they all handle well. The camera angles are also good, although I would have liked a \\'look behind\\' option. While playing the courses the areas are littered with \\'presents\\' of different color. These boxes can be run over to give the player a much needed weapon or boost. Unlike some kart racers out there the weapons work well, and can mean the difference between sweet victory and a pathetic defeat.
Playing two-player mode can be a blast too. The screen is split horizontally and the action is just as intense. I recommend inviting a friend over so you can launch rockets or throw sheep at them… yes… I said sheep..!
The scenery in the multitude of courses is right at home. It\\'\\'s nothing to write home about, but the look of the game is colorful and cartoony. The cars and characters are all well done, you can see the animation when you\\'\\'re buzzing around the yard or spinning helplessly out of control. The physics were really surprising. Seeing the cars bounce and wobble like their real life counter parts is great.
The sound in Toy Story Racer was also undeniable. The two best features of the sound are the voices all the characters have and the course music. As the race ensues, all the participants in the race hoot and holler, and carry on like one big party. This really puts you in the mood to go smash them into a wall and take first place. It\\'\\'s not over-done either, but it\\'\\'s fresh, and adds greatly to the spirit of the game. The course music is the other treat. Each course offers it\\'\\'s own musical score and the tempo is upbeat to keep the action going. Not once was I tempted to turn down the volume. The music fits like a glove.
· Rev it up as any of 10 characters from Disney\\'\\'s Toy Story, including Buzz, Woody, Hamm- each with a unique vehicle and signature driving style.
· Nineteen action-packed courses inspired by locations in both the original Toy Story and Toy Story 2 movies. Multiplayer options, bonus moves and special event races enhance the gaming experience.
· Intuitive AI learns from each player\\'\\'s ability and adjusts by increasing or decreasing the challenge to his or her performance.
· Unique challenges unlock additional characters and quests. Over 100 challenges including racing, chasing, stunt driving, collecting, contests and more.
1 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
REVIEW SCORE GUIDE:
We promise that we have fully played 'Toy Story Racer' 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.
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