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Race On (PC)

Race On (PC)

Simbin have released a new racing game entitled Race On however on closer inspection it is basically a resissue of the aging (but still solid) Race 07. The Swedish developer added Nordschleife and some Grand Tourers last year and called it GTR Evolution … this year they add more to it, with American Muscle cars, WTCC 08 updates and some Swedish Touring action making the grade.

New cars include the Dodge Challenger SRTS, Dodge Charger SRT8, the Cadillac CTS-V and a Chevy Camaro, and as they are American muscle cars the focus is on power and attitude. American muscle cars are not known for their handling or finesse and can make even normal cornering procedures a bit of an ordeal at high speeds. The game includes the standard street versions and the race versions of these cars and they bring a very different take to the usual circuit races. As always you can fine tune all aspects of the car in the garage and will soon get used to their ‘colorful’ characteristics.

If you aren’t a fan of American muscle cars (shame on you), then there are others you can choose from such as the International Formula Masters which are performance cars that fall in between Formula 3000 and Formula BMW categories. They are a pleasure to drive and feel very stable after the American muscle cars, but not as much fun to control.

There are new touring cars in the mix, such as the Lada 110 2.0 and the Seat Leon TDi which will please the purists, however with such a plethora of cars already we feel they will get lost in the ever growing list of suped up Hatchbacks.

As well as the car additions there are new tracks which as part of the Swedish touring car content were previously released in Northern Europe as STCC – the game. There are seven new Scandinavian tracks in total and most of them are great fun to drive and a very welcome addition to the overall package. These will appeal to a specific audience however we feel the new US circuits will hold a high appeal as well. Laguna Seca, the world renowned track is included and at 2.2 miles long makes for a brilliant race track especially if everyone takes a Musclecar and really lets rip. Road America is also worth a mention because the four mile track sprawls and undulates across some wonderful sweeping terrain.

Okayama has been added to the Japanese stop on the 08 WTCC calendar and it is probably one of my personal favourites. This 2.3 mile track was previously known as TI Circuit Alda and is a private motorsport race track in Mimsasaka, Japan. This course was built in 1992 as a private track for the wealthy and hosted its first race staged by veteran British race drivers which would explain the corner names such as Attwood and Hobbs. In 1994 and 1995 the TI Circuit hosted the Formula One Pacific Grand Prix and both of these events were won by Michael Schumacher in his very early title winning years. After being moved to Unimat Holding Co. Ltd in 2003 it held its first round of the Formula V6 Asis and FIA World Touring Car Championship in 2008.

Simbin have also decided to put some additional work into some of the tracks by adding new textures and environmental details, which helps to make them seem a little fresher, even though they have been used before.

One of the games strongest aspects are not the graphics however but the very well programmed physics implementation which is still stunning to watch. Unfortunately the damage modeling is still as unappealing as before – it shows dents and impact points does not really convey a totally realistic crash environment. Sometimes when you bash into a car in a way that would make them run off the road, the AI will interpret it wrongly and will just cause a little loss of control for a few seconds while not really showing the necessary damage to all the panels.

Race On is without a doubt a great game however we don’t feel it is a totally ‘needed’ purchase by fans of the series. If you own Race 07 and STCC and want the new content it costs a whopping £18 which is only £4 less than the full bundle deal, we fail to see how this is good value for money by any stretch of the imagination. The content either needed to be richer or the price needed to be lower, say around the £10 mark. It still is a fun game and will appeal to fans of the other titles in the franchise but we feel it just doesn’t quite hit the mark.


A solid game but much the same as before
The engine is getting dated and we hope to see a completely new racing game from Simbin in the near future.
Engine sounds and ambient effects are well handled
If you already own STCC and Race 07 then paying £18 for this seems rather severe

Worth a look but hard to recommend at the price.

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Stuart Davidson

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