Rad Racer 2 (NES)

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Rad Racer 2 (NES)

Postby MaverickMoPete » December 10th, 2023, 5:26 pm

Title: Rad Racer II
System: NES
Publisher: Square (1990)

Square took an "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" approach to their sequel to Rad Racer (NES, 1987). If you've played the original, you know exactly what you're getting into here. Across 8 tracks from Key West, Florida to the Bay Bridge in San Francisco, California, you're racing at up to 255 MPH, weaving through traffic, going up and down hills, and sliding through turns to get to the checkpoints and keep your time up until you reach the finish line.

That's not to say there weren't improvements. Graphics-wise, the tracks and backgrounds look nicer, the cars are larger and more detailed, and the dashboard has a much sleeker design. For sound, the two songs are bangers, and the engine sounds are fantastic (sadly, you can only have one or the other this time).

The real improvements are in the gameplay. The wider roads give you more room to maneuver, and you will need it, as this time around, you may find yourself running afoul of road hogs that will intentionally try to cut you off, so you'll have to be clever to weave around them. A constantly updating turn indicator keeps you alert to which way you need to turn instead of relying on the easily missable signs of the original. Instead of losing precious time flipping to a stop and being re-centered on the track, crashes send you into a spinout that is much less time consuming. And best of all, you can get a power start that propels you from 0 to 255 in a matter of seconds!

Sometimes, a sequel can simply be "the same, but better" and work perfectly. This is one of those cases. If you enjoyed the original, you'll enjoy this.

My Grade: B+
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Re: Rad Racer 2 (NES)

Postby VideoGameCritic » December 12th, 2023, 8:51 pm

This looks familiar! It was submitted via email a few months back. I think it's pretty great - written in that short, concise VGC style. I also have a Rad Racer 2 review in progress, but it needs more work. I don't want to be upstaged!

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Re: Rad Racer 2 (NES)

Postby MaverickMoPete » December 13th, 2023, 4:58 am

Yeah, I was the one who sent you that email. That was before I knew about the Forums having a "Reader Review" Section.

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Re: Rad Racer 2 (NES)

Postby ASalvaro » December 14th, 2023, 1:47 am

I told Chat GPT to write me a review of Rad Racer 2 for the NES lol

Title: "Rad Racer II: A Turbocharged Sequel That Shifts Into High Gear"

Rad Racer II, the sequel to the classic Rad Racer for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), takes the wheel with a turbocharged experience that aims to surpass its predecessor. Released in [insert year], this racing game follows the formula of its forerunner while introducing some notable enhancements.

First and foremost, Rad Racer II boasts an expanded roster of cars and tracks, injecting fresh excitement into the gaming experience. The selection of vehicles now includes a broader range of high-speed automobiles, each with its own unique handling characteristics. Whether you prefer the nimble responsiveness of a sports car or the raw power of a muscle car, Rad Racer II caters to various driving preferences, adding an extra layer of strategy to the game.

The game's graphics have undergone a noticeable upgrade, pushing the NES hardware to its limits. While it may not compete with modern visuals, Rad Racer II manages to deliver a visually appealing experience for its time. The diverse landscapes and environments showcase a level of detail that enhances the overall immersion, from cityscapes to coastal roads, ensuring that each race feels distinct.

One of the standout features of Rad Racer II is the addition of a dynamic weather system. Players must now contend with rain, snow, and other adverse weather conditions that impact the handling of their vehicles. This introduces an element of unpredictability, requiring players to adapt their driving styles to the changing environment. It's a small but effective detail that elevates the realism and challenge of the game.

The controls remain responsive and intuitive, staying true to the arcade-style simplicity that made the original Rad Racer enjoyable. The tight handling of the vehicles ensures that players feel a direct connection to the road, allowing for precise maneuvering through the various twists and turns of the tracks.

The soundtrack, a crucial aspect of any racing game, keeps the adrenaline pumping with an energetic and catchy selection of tunes. While the limitations of the NES audio hardware are evident, the music complements the fast-paced action and enhances the overall atmosphere of the game.

Despite these improvements, Rad Racer II is not without its flaws. The absence of a multiplayer mode is a missed opportunity, especially considering the social nature of competitive gaming. Additionally, some may find the difficulty level to be on the higher side, which could be a potential source of frustration for less experienced players.

In conclusion, Rad Racer II successfully builds upon the foundation laid by its predecessor, offering an enhanced racing experience with improved graphics, diverse environments, and a dynamic weather system. While it may not reinvent the genre, it undoubtedly delivers a solid and enjoyable gameplay experience that will satisfy fans of classic NES racing games. Strap in, rev your engines, and get ready for a turbocharged trip down memory lane with Rad Racer II.

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Re: Rad Racer 2 (NES)

Postby MaverickMoPete » December 14th, 2023, 6:23 am

ASalvaro wrote:One of the standout features of Rad Racer II is the addition of a dynamic weather system. Players must now contend with rain, snow, and other adverse weather conditions that impact the handling of their vehicles. This introduces an element of unpredictability, requiring players to adapt their driving styles to the changing environment. It's a small but effective detail that elevates the realism and challenge of the game.


"Dynamic Weather System"? I've played Rad Racer II lots of times and I've never seen the weather change mid-race.

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Re: Rad Racer 2 (NES)

Postby VideoGameCritic » December 14th, 2023, 10:02 am

No more ChatGPT reviews please. Content aside, those things are so cringy and fake. I can't stand it.

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Re: Rad Racer 2 (NES)

Postby LoganRuckman » December 14th, 2023, 10:35 am

VideoGameCritic wrote:No more ChatGPT reviews please. Content aside, those things are so cringy and fake. I can't stand it.

Not to mention plagiarized from someone else

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Re: Rad Racer 2 (NES)

Postby ASalvaro » December 14th, 2023, 12:56 pm

VideoGameCritic wrote:No more ChatGPT reviews please. Content aside, those things are so cringy and fake. I can't stand it.

i know its ridiculous..all it does is take what others wrote and scrambles it together and takes credit for being revolutionary lol

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Re: Rad Racer 2 (NES)

Postby mbd36 » December 16th, 2023, 6:47 pm

VideoGameCritic wrote:No more ChatGPT reviews please. Content aside, those things are so cringy and fake. I can't stand it.


While ChatGPT reviews may not compete with human reviews, they manage to deliver an intellectually compelling experience for their time.

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Re: Rad Racer 2 (NES)

Postby ActRaiser » December 16th, 2023, 7:17 pm

What I can't fathom is how someone could criticize it for the lack of multiplayer. What other 8-bit racing games supported multiplayer? Weird.


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