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After a flurry of racing game hits, a lesser company probably would have rested on its laurels.
Despite the successes of Daytona USA and Sega Rally Championship for the Saturn, the company refuses to put the brakes on.
Sega Sports' newest racer, called F-1 Live Information in Japan, has all the graphical brilliance of its earlier titles but incorporates a new theme: F1 racing cars.
The game has a distinctly realistic visual flavor. Billboards of advertisers such as Mobil One and Champion line the sidewalls. The five different cars players get to choose from are actual F-1 racing teams, such as Ferrari, Benetton and McLaren.
Complementing the visuals are the announcers that comment on the action in the Grand Prix Mode. It's a rather impressive audio feat, considering that the announcers talk nonstop for an entire race (about 10-12 minutes). Equally amazing is the fact announcers have an Al of their own: They react instantly to car crashes or lead changes on the race course. (For a good laugh or if you want to give the announcers a heart attack, start going the other way on the track.)
The game's animation and frame rate is a notch above Daytona and comparable to Sega Rally, which results in very smooth control and gameplay.
The F-1 programmers also instituted new features seen before in Saturn racing games. A nice touch is a pop-up video screen, which provides an overhead view of your car as it makes its way around the track. It will also show accidents or who's leading the race.
The fact that F-1 can provide simultaneous racing screens without any hint of slowdown is a testament to the progress Saturn programmers have made in uncapping the system's full hardware potential.
The game offers six tracks. Three are based on real F-1 tracks, while the other three are of Sega's own creation-dubbed "Sega Motor Land."
While F-1's emphasis is on arcade racing, the game does inject a little strategy into the mix. Before a race, a player can customize his or her car's tires, fuel level and wing configurations. During a race, a racer can pit stop to change tires and get additional fuel. Fortunately, F-1 keeps the technical details to a
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I in addition to a Grand Prix and Normal Racing Modes, a Time Attack Mode gives gamers the chance to set their own track records.
Like Daytona USA, the racing competition is divided into two groups. The lower echelon of racers are fairly easy to overtake, so it's easy to get to 12th place or so. After that, a racer will need to run mistake free to catch the field. The top five racers in particular are fiercely competitive, so this isn't a game that can be beat in a weekend.
MANUFACTURER - Sega of Japan
DIFFICULTY - MODERATE
THEME - Racing
NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1
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Systems: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game features:Single game mode