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Daytona USA

 

 

SCORE: 83

 

Daytona USA 

 

I remember playing Daytona USA many years ago. I do not want to date myself too badly, but this game makes me feel old. I remember when it was top of the line, best technology out there. Fast forward to 2011, and Sega is re-releasing it on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 (PS3). I was provided a code to play this racing game on the Playstation 3.

Visually Daytona USA is showing its age. However there are many portions of Daytona USA that still look good. Taking a corner while it banks up still animates properly. Seeing Sonic on a mountain side still looks good. The vehicles look adequate, and show damage when you race in a bumper car fashion too often. I enjoyed beating Daytona USA and seeing the photo of the creators of this game.

Daytona USA shows its arcade roots in the audio department. This game has a certain excitement about it that translates into the game play. I appreciated rushing through the levels as quickly as possible. Which is actually a goal, and a way to play longer. I lost track of how many times I heard: "Time Extended!" But it was a good thing to hear in this game. Crashes in Daytona USA can be eye opening. I realized quickly I had made a mistake and needed to be smarter in the next lap.

The price of this arcade experience from the past (in the year of our Lord 1993) is around ten US dollars. I feel this is a fair price for the amount of replay included. Being able to play Daytona USA in multi-player modes goes a long ways. Being able to play with others online extends the replay value. The three tracks may seem light, but there are multiple ways to play them.

I love it when a game provides multiple difficulty modes. It makes a game more inclusive. Daytona USA has so many different difficulty modes that anyone in the family can enjoy it. There are also different ways to play like Survival Mode, and Time Trial Mode. Karaoke Mode is one that will interest some as well. Racing and singing the songs at the same time can be an entertaining function.

Daytona USA contains steering wheel compatibility for those that want a more realistic gaming experience. I learned to slow down in certain corners, and to put the pedal to the metal whenever possible. The goal of Daytona USA is to get to the finish line first. Be the best you can be at racing. Other cars can be knocked out of your way, but that will damage your car. Going to the pits is an option, but one I was never fond of.

I appreciate Sega for putting Daytona USA back on the market. It is great when a company re-releases an older game of theirs. It is even better when they add extra features. I am thankful that I was allowed to play and review Daytona USA.
- Frank

 

Graphics: 79%
Sound: 84%
Replay/Extras: 89%
Gameplay: 85%
Family Friendly Factor: 80%
System: Xbox 360/Playstation 3
Publisher: Sega
ESRB Rating:
‘E’ - Everyone

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