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Scheduled release date:

August 2000

  The RC racing genre is getting pretty filled these days. Micro Machines and Circuit Breakers started the trend and then Acclaim released their awful Revolt game and the soon RC Revenge. It's no secret that the RC vehicles are gaining popularity and it seems as if there is a new RC racing game on horizon. Mattel, the owners of the Tyco franchise are all geared up and ready to release their very own RC game being developed by Lucky Chicken. Let's recap shall we. Micro Machines was an excellent game that did very well with critics as well as gamers. Circuit Breakers was just as good Micro Machines and did just as well with gamers. Then we come across Revolt, the worst RC racer to date, the frame rates were choppy the special effects were 3rd class and the gameplay was a bore. So let's see how Tyco R/C is looking up.

   The visuals aren't very bad, the cars look simplistic but the textures are great. The R/C cars aren't the most detailed models but they aren't the worst though. The structures fall right in between of not bad and bad, basically the car models aren't so glossy. The textures on the other hand are the game's really strong visual point, textures like tree barks, rocks, and other environmental obstacles are truly something lavishing. The special effects are also quite nice, picking up and using power ups like, lighting or fire will demonstrate how great the the special effects are. The only thing to complain about is the average modeled R/Cs.

   The gameplay consists of R/C cars racing to the finish in a variety of different environments such as an Ice Top. The environments are cleverly built with random and manually operated obstacles trying to stop you from getting the gold. By hitting marked areas on the ground you will activate certain obstacles that will move across the screen you will have to dodge it in order to keep going. There are many weapons to randomly pick up, lightning, enemy shrink, fire, invincibility, etc. This game is a two-player with many unlockable secrets such as cars, tracks and modes. Now here comes my slight gripe with the game, the speed of Tyco R/C isn't the way I want it. The cars aren't very speedy but that may be because I was playing with a default car, so I'm hoping that there are R/C upgrades. Right now Tyco R/C is on track for a late August release, I think that gamers anxious for a kart-esque racer should wait for the reviews or wait for Woody Wood Pecker's four player kart racer.

8/12/2000 SolidSnake

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