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Scheduled release date:

TBA 2001

   Last year's Nascar Rumble was one of the most exciting racing games I have played on the PSOne since Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. For a PSOne game it had some super speedy frame rate and dealt with some sweet visuals that sported great car models based on original Nascar vehicles. The gameplay was well thought out, there were three different classes for each Nascar vehicle and tons of secret and cool vehicles to unlock. The courses were built for speed, shortcuts and some even featured 90 degree turns. With the recent success that EA has had lately on the PSOne and PS2 they will continue with yet another title, Rumble Racing. Being a sequel to Nascar Rumble, Rumble Racing should and most likely will be a great title for fans of the arcade and racing genre, read the full preview and enjoy the shots.

   While this game has not been given a scheduled release date, it looks like these screenshots can be running from a nearly completed graphics engine. There isn't much really to be done, except maybe just get the engine to run full 60 frames before the game launches. This time around the cars are not based on Nascar vehicles, but on vehicles that EA made from scratch out of their noodles. I can't say I'm not happy with the result, these cars look like speed demons, and me likes a lot! The cars are such road-bitches that there are even screenshots of some of them bursting ignition flames from their tailpipes, is anybody as excited as I am? The car models for the most part look great, not exactly GT3, but next-generation without a doubt. Rumble Racing looks like it's packing some nice looking scenery, the environments look pretty good whether it's trees or cliffs, EA is doing a good job of keeping this game pretty and hopefully playing great as well.

   This is of course a sequel to the ever great Nascar Rumble, but this title won't feature any Nascar cars, as far as we know. But there will be a grand total of 35 different vehicles selectable in Rumble Racing, which is quite the hefty number, don't you think? Checking out these screenshots will give an excellent idea of what kind of cars you'll be checking out and hogging the road with. Muscle cars, sports cars, vans, and even jet-like monsters with frigin' teeth painted on them, can you tell I'm really anticipating this game? Hopefully this time around EA adds a few different weapons and scrap the ones found the PSOne original, in a word some of them were kind of "dumb". There will be a total of 15 tracks and three stunt tracks to choose from. Too bad that the game will be only two-players, I feel that EA should add some four-player matches to influence a purchase for party gamers. The modes that Rumble Racing will include are; Single Race, Championship (one-player or co-op), One-on-One showdown, Locale Championships, and a Stunt Challenge mode. While no release date for Rumble Racing has been made, I say a Spring/Summer 2001 release is likely.

1/20/2001 SolidSnake

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