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By Cyril Lachel     |   Posted on September 14, 2014   |   Episode 55 (Show Archive)  

   
Rev up that motor, because this week Review Crew will be looking at three very different racing games and very unique consoles. Up first it's Hard Drivin', simulation racing in a time before Gran Turismo. Then on Wednesday we'll see what critics thought of the very first Super Mario Kart on the Super NES. And we finish off the week with a full-motion video racing game. You won't want to miss what critics thought of Road Avengers for Sega CD. All that is coming this week on Review Crew.

Monday,
September 15

Hard Drivin' (Genesis)

Long before developers perfected the use of polygons, there was Hard Drivin'. This "realistic" arcade driving simulator won over players with its unique cabinet design and unusual look. Tengen quickly brought the game to the Genesis, a system lacking hardware scaling and rotating effects. Did critics enjoy this home conversion, or did Hard Drivin' crash and burn on consoles? We dig through old issues of GamePro, Mega Play, Sega Pro, Sega Force, Computer + Video Games, Raze, Mean Machines Sega and MegaTech for the answers.

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September 15!
Wednesday,
September 17

Super Mario Kart (Super NES)
You can't go wrong with Super Mario Kart. No matter what console it's on, a good time is guaranteed when you're throwing turtle shells and racing on rainbow roads. But that wasn't a given back in 1992. Did critics instantly fall in love with Mario Kart, or were they more interested in a sequel to F-Zero? We dig through old issues of Electronic Gaming Monthly, GamePro, Super Play, Game Players, Nintendo Magazine System, N-Force and Nintendo Power for the answers.

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September 17!
Friday,
September 19

Road Avengers (Sega CD)

Based on a1 985 arcade game, Road Avenger for Sega CD was a full-motion video game in the vein of Dragon's Lair and Space Ace. This time around players take "control" of a sports car and battle an evil biker gang. Were critics still into FMV in 1993, or did Road Avengers finish last? We dig through old issues of Electronic Gaming Monthly, Mean Machines, GamePro, Mega Play, Mega and Sega Force for the answers.

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September 19!

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