US Gold

Road Blasters

14.95

US Gold's new Capcom licence claims to see you
in the ultimate futuristic road race...

... but it's nowhere near as exciting as a death ride on a BR train


The game takes you across one country after another in a bid to blast your opponents with whatever weaponry you can get hold of.

Special fuel pods become available after firing at specific vehicles; you must direct your car towards them to pick them up and reap the rewards. All sorts of additional difficulties emerge in the shape of mines, spikes and gun-turrets. If you're unfortunate enough to become the victim of any of these, you automatically explode and lose one of five lives.

A plane occasionally flies over you dropping weapons which you must drive over to retrieve. These can be attached to the top of your car and do an effective job of wiping out the enemy.

GRAPHICS AND SOUND
The movement is jerky, but as a result the game is very fast with smooth corners and the occasional roadside sprite. At first glance, Roadblasters seems a competent game - how- ever, it lacks the kind of graphical depth to sustain interest for long periods of time. There are no side views of cars and, despite one unimpressive spin routine, you'll never see your vehicle do any of the great leaps or rolls which exist in many racing games.

Sound is limited to simple spot effects and an awful tune which plays during the frustratingly long loading time.

CONCLUSION

Probe aren't best known from their racing games. Outrun might have made it into the number one slot, but no-one really took it seriously.

But Road Blasters looks set to change all that, especially since it's coming under 14.95 umbrella. Graphics aren't spectacular - another Probe problem - but there's an addictive gameplay there and that's got to be a good omen for the forthcoming Outrun Europa release.

Mark Higham

still graphics
5
4
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1
moving graphics
5
4
3
2
0
1
sound
5
4
3
2
0
1
playability
5
4
3
2
0
1
overall 58%

 


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