is truly amazing. It utilizes the Nintendo 64's optional Expansion Pak extremely well. If you like racing games, even a little, and you've already got the Expansion Pak, get this game to show it off! Before I go on, I want to mention that one of the coolest graphic effects in the game is not even in the game itself, but are in the menus. Behind the menus is a dynamic wave effect that ripples the whole time. Absolutely gorgeous. Now, to the game itself... with Gran Turismo
being pretty much dedicated to another platform, N64ers have had to settle for racing games that didn't have much to offer in the way of eye candy. Roadsters
may not be a Gran Turismo
killer, but then again, it may. The cars are very nicely rendered in both games. The light effects are about equal in perfection. Roadsters
even has animated drivers, since all of the vehicles are, well, roadsters. Graphically speaking, Roadsters
manages to capture the realism that Gran Turismo
made people go crazy with. In fact, the 'fade-in' (no, not 'pop-in' - check it out!) is extremely clean, and allows you to see far off into the distance in certain places.
The sound is absolutely... still coming off of a cartridge. What that means is that you have less memory to play with than a disc-based system. However, the folks at Titus have used some clever tricks and know-how to make the most of it, adding up to nice in-game music, and background music in the menus that only gets irritating after listening to it for a LONG time. (Such as while staring at the nifty ripple effect...) Finally, there's the voice acting. Uh. Hmm... Well, you don't get a racing game for the voice acting, right? Good. Roadsters probably could have gotten along just fine without all of the racers having their little sayings, but as it is, the sayings are somewhat contrived, and the voices... hurt. Some of the sayings that the female characters have sound somewhat sexy, but a couple of the characters sound a WHOLE lot like one of the witches from the Bugs Bunny cartoons. And pay attention when you hear the announcer say "Coming up to the pits..." - roughly translated, that means hit the brakes; there's a hard right turn coming up!