PC compatible, P-100
Systems: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game features:Single game mode
How about this for a realistic and exciting storyline? In the distant future a massive scrap between rival planets tears the galaxy apart. Planet surfaces are scorched, millions are dead and the five most powerful empires have got extremely bad vibes about each other. So what do they do about this unfortunate state of affairs? Do they kiss and make up and promise to be friends for ever? Nah, that would be sissy. Instead, they decide to have a competition in which they each choose a representative to fly about in a racing sled, having a pop at all the other competitors. You take the role of Clay Shaw. Clay's father has been shot down in cold blood by Mugyor, the Kaladasian representative and Clay has made a promise not to race for the Terrans. In steps Dobbs, one of the head bods of the Terran empire, who promptly kidnaps Clay's girlfriend Alyssia and tells Clay that, unless he races for the Terrans, he'll never see her again. T love you, Alyssia. I'll get you back,' Clay whimpers melodramatically before resigning himself to racing for the Terrans. You will understand why I was not exactly excited at the prospect of having wimpy Clay as my alter ego.
More com than Kansas
Before each race you are treated to more segments of the corny plot, which changes depending on how well you do. Win often and the cinematic sequences will tell you what a cool dude you are. Conversely, cock up in the races and you will be told you are an utter waste of space and Alyssia gets a hard time.
You can tap the resources of the black market before the races, to buy hardware or information, hire saboteurs or bet on the outcome of the race. The final stage before the action starts is choosing your equipment. The more cash you've got, the better your chances of loading your sled up with heavy duty gear. You can get more cash by betting on yourself and winning, or taking Dobbs up on his various incentives, like destroying rival sleds for cash bonuses.
After all the build-up of the soap opera style cinematic sequences, the race itself is a bit of an anti-climax. Flying about in seductive vector landscapes with suitably melodramatic sound effects is all very well, but the flight controls for your sled are simplistic, to say the least. All you have to do is turn left or right and accelerate and decelerate as the situation demands. The racing part of the game is tedious and unbearably slow with the detail level set to maximum, even on a 486DX 33. Cyber Race looks good but it's a disappointment and I can't see anyone playing it beyond the first few races.