Tokyo Xtreme Racer Should Comeback
Yea, that is a click-bait title, but since it is throwback Thursday I wanted to share my passion for this racing series which was unique for its time. Thanks to One coin Only Live broadcasting the Dreamcast version of this famed racer Tokyo Xtreme Racer. It brought back chills to my racing soul and many memories that followed it. This of course just made me go…THIS NEEDS A COME BACK!
Where to begin with Tokyo Xtreme Racer?
It was the year 1999 and the Sega Dreamcast was unleashed to the public. I myself was quite intrigued but felt a need for something interesting and unique. I had Formula 1 racing which was okay and one day hitting up a game store over in Carnarsie right across the street from the McDonalds, I was checking out their import selections and saw Tokyo Xtreme Racing. Now the funny part is the store clerk had it in the wrong area because it was in full English and priced it wrong so I ended up getting lucky and obtaining it at a cheaper price.
I have to say this was way before I got into Initial D series and I had this pretty racing wheel that had the accelerator and brake behind the wheel. That was a neat idea, but moving on to start things off simple and choose your standard low-class tier car. Nicknames of branded cars were used instead of the actual names of cars, but if you are a car enthusiast you can recognize of the models.
So what made this unique vs. other racing games? It featured fighting game elements as you drove around Tokyo Japan and if you spot an opponent you can flash your lights to initiate combat.
Simple yet satisfying
The game was simple as you drove the night streets of Tokyo looking for other street racers and once you found a “rival” you begin by flashing your lights and the race begins. You both will have health bars that will slowly diminish if you are behind your opponent. The further you are the faster their health bar will deplete. Sometimes you can use tactics where you may gain the advantage of going downhill or the other opponent makes a mistake driving through traffic. The possibilities are unpredictable at times.
If and when you lose your first race you can use that accumulated money to upgrade your vehicle. At the start, you can only afford class C cars which is pretty much the standard. I chose the Trueno AE 86 out of nostalgia and I have not lost yet, but I was struggling to keep up with some racers. So, that forced me to take my winnings and go to the garage. Before you exit you will get a list of all your wins and how much you made.
You really get involved with all the parts of your car to improve on it and you can even sell cars you’ve earned. The only downside is that it can get a bit repetitive after a while. You end up on the same roads going in either direction driving for more than a few minutes before finding another racer. At times you will get flagged to race a computer, but it doesn’t happen as often as it should. Also, there is no storyline at all, it isn’t that important. But you are a street racer at night some form of the story would be nice.
In the end, this would be a great time to see a resurrection of this game style. Or you could bring out an Initial D for current or the next gen systems to come. I want to hear your thoughts in the comments below. What do you feel about a return of Tokyo Xtreme Racer? If you played what did you think about it? – Beast Out –