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USA Raser (Sony PlayStation)
During my visit in Germany in September 2009, I had the chance to purchase the game USA Raser for PlayStation, german version. I paid 5 Euro for it, being a fan of the PlayStation racers since 1997, I was hoping it will be a good addition to my software collection. I used to have the original PlayStation (PSX) and later slim PlayStation (PSOne), but sold them, after I was able to play most of the games with controler pad, via emulators on my AmigaOne.
The game came in ordinary PlayStation CD box. On the front cover with big blue and red font is written the title - USA RASER. The background is
a collage of the American flag, New York city with the Statue of Liberty and a speeding car, chased by the police with turned lights on.
Above the title is written in German -
The game starts with language selection screen, where only four languages are available for choose, despite the fact the manual had six languages.
After selecting the language, the script goes on with a logo, then a short text intro about how it all started and how only six racers have the chance to play.
Then animation follows, with a scene of cops and racers. After the title is shown and animation of the porter of the game to the PSX (Inverse Entertainment), follows loading from the memory card.
The menu of the game does not gives much, there is no option to see the memory card contents, or to listen to the tracks. The controls can be set from four preset configurations.
At least the music on the menu screen is okay, although a little bit repetitive. At the background is the USA flag with stars having various speeds flying around. There is not much to do in the menu, so the music repeats are not annoying.
After selecting Race, the player have the options for
StagesThe game have eight different stages in total, every of them with own peculiarities and beautiful sights. Six of the stages are in towns and two are in the nature.
New York is a City Type track, where the race is mostly in the city and around the bridges. Length of the road is 2.8 miles. It have sunny condition. The roads are wide and easy to drive on them. The route is easy to pass, there are no hard turns, especially with the wide streets. The player will have the chance to drive on several famous streets like Broadway, Wall Street and Park Avenue. It is possible to take alternative route on the bridges. There are traffic lights, but they seem to not work, although some of the cars seem to stop for some reason. There is not much traffic in the city, during the race. Some great scenery can be seen like the Statue of Liberty and the biggest skyscrapers in the city.
Los Angeles is a mixed city and outside the city type track, 2,7 miles long. The condition is clear. Some of the turns are very hard and there is need to slow down the speed. The player will have the chance to see nice scenery of outside the town and inside the famous movie studios. There is even racing around the famous big Hollywood sign around the road. There are several constructions places on the streets, where the player have to be cautious. There is even ride in the famous channel, where the chicken game takes place in many movies. The southern climate is seen and can be felt by the palms. The drivers must be extra careful about these palms, because if they are hit, the speed is lost.
Cloudy city, with 2,6 miles long race track, placed between the buildings. The police is very angry and follows the racers around, trying to stop them at any cost. The turns are in many places very hard to take. There are many ninety degrees turns, and even U-turn. On the stage there is special item to be picked, called
The city of the casinos, roulettes and entertainment in the desert is presented for the USA racers. It is 2,55 miles long and the drive is at night. Most of the roads are very narrow, with complex turns and many alternative routes, leading to various items to be picked. Some of the most beautiful hotels can be seen and the Sphinx recreation as well. Other great views in this beautiful city are not rare. Although it is generally hard to drive on this stage and win is harder than on the others, it is one of the greatest stages in the game and it is always joy to race on it. The police will follow the racers, but the main danger here is car wreck, which can happen very often, especially in the narrow passages. The weather condition is normal, and everything is clearly seen, despite the fact the race is at the night. The city, being very rich one is lightened with many lamps.
The capital of USA have 2,75 miles long race track situated in the city. The streets are wide and it is easy to race across them. There are some jumps placed around. Monuments from the history of the United States of America are all around the road. They are easily distinguishable from the other sights in the city. The racing is with nice weather condition at very sunny day, so everything is clearly visible and the racers can enjoy the seen pictures. Some of the items to be picked are placed highly above the road, but they still can be taken, without jump. The police is often seen, but they will have a hard time trying to stop the racers on such big streets. Although the track is long, the average speed is very high, making it one of the fastest stages for completion.
Another city race track, only 2,44 miles long, relatively shorter than the others city stages. It is harder, because of the many turns, narrow streets and traps, where the faster racers can fall, losing their speed. It is sunny day, but there are not many great sights on this stage. The race is situated on two parts of the city, which are connected by very wide bridges above the water, where ships are seen. The police will try to make the racers life hard, but it is not something to seriously consider about. Most of the streets are very wide, but there are some very narrow passages, where the drivers must slow down and be extra careful with the walls and the other cars, in order to avoid wreck and lose of leading position.
Unlike the other stages, Yosemite is in national park race, only 2,3 miles long, but not easier. The race is mostly in the forest, but there is also turn from the regular road into the cliffs. The racers will have to pass under trees, tunnels and very narrow bridge, where the police will wait for them, but will not take the risk to enter into direct collision. Most of the times the police cars are driving in front of the racers, only scaring them. There are also fallen trees, big stones and rocks, making the racing at high speed dangerous and easy to lose the distance advantage gained at the straight passages. Not many other cars are present on the track, but still the driver have to be careful about car wreck, especially on the narrow places with police cars.
The shortest track is situated in the world famous national park. It is only 2,2 miles long with sunny day weather condition. Most of the passages are wide with high average speed, but there is also some very narrow, where the speed is very low. At these passages the player can lose direction very easy and lose position. Most of the sights are cliffs, but they are nice to see nevertheless. The police although not regularly present on the track, will try to stop the racers, without much success. There is not considerable risk of car wreck, making the stage one of the easiest to drive on and become first.
ConclusionsThe game although with promising name and many great stages, unfortunately is not very good implemented for the console.
Memory Card saveThanks to the regular autosaves, I had my position stored on the memory card, for later continue of the progress and practice on the unlocked stages.
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