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F1 Pole Position 64

Nintendo 64

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Compete in a World Grand Prix, Battle, or a Time Trial eventReview Not only is F1 Pole Position a poor N64 title in most respects, but playing it will put the hurt on you, thanks to frustrating play control, shrill sound effects, and nausea-inducing graphics. While it may not be a fatal experience, it's guaranteed to be a bruiser. The first Formula One racer for the N64, F1PP64 lets you race a variety of F1 cars up and down the circuit. The game boasts 22 cars and 16 tracks, but it should make no claim about variety. That is to say, each car handles in the relatively same poor fashion, and each course features roughly the same number of straightaways and tight turns (only the backgrounds vary). To be fair, Pole Position offers three racing modes (single course, time challenge, and season mode), and you can alter the "realism" of the game, including the amount of damage your car takes. You can also name your driver, racing team, and engine. This latter feature scores high on the novelty scale, and it got me to play the game, despite my frustration (if for no other reason than because I could be The Man racing on The Bomb racing team with a Bad Ass engine). F1 Pole Position 64's graphics are easily its high point, but even they aren't that great. The game looks like an N64 game should (the cars are well rendered, and the backgrounds are detailed), but once the gameplay starts, you're faced with a severe amount of pop-up and occasionally jerky movement. I suspect this pop-up is responsible for the motion sickness I endured while playing (and I have a pretty strong stomach). The game also uses the standard N64 fog and lighting effects, which contribute positively to the presentation. Even so, the only detail that distinguishes this game from the pack is the sparking that occurs when you incorrectly shift gears. And the sound? It can be summed up in one incomplete sentence: generic title music, high-pitched engine sounds, and a muffled coach who mumbles helpful phrases like: "He's behind you." What really kills F1, however, is the play control. For some inexplicable reason, every car feels loose (even when tweaked in the car setup screen). While cruising down a straightaway, you'll think: "Wow, smooth." But try to make a turn, and it's an entirely different story. I'm willing to accept the fact I can't go top speed around a 180-degree turn, but taking my finger off the accelerator or hitting the brake should let me at least hold a line through a corner. Such is not the case in F1 - the brake button has two positions, on and off, and when it's depressed, the car screeches to a halt, in most cases dumping you at the side of the track. After a while, you'll adapt to the game's weak control style (if you make it that long), but it's exceedingly frustrating to take the lead only to find yourself seventh after wrecking on a tight turn (the computer is curiously unaffected by the game's play deficiencies). The ten laps required to finish a race can truly try your patience at times, especially when you're last. Overall, F1 Pole Position 64 is a mediocre racing title. It looks good, but that's the only thing it has going for it. You'd be better served by any of the millions of racing titles coming out this year. --Glenn Rubenstein --Copyright ©1999 GameSpot Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of GameSpot is prohibited. GameSpot and the GameSpot logo are trademarks of GameSpot Inc. -- GameSpot Review Product description Jump into the cockpit of an F1 racer and face the best teams in the world for a breathtaking race! Incredibly exciting: Official game of the FIA, the latest game from HUMAN will make your N64 roar through the 16 world championship circuits. From Monaco to San Marin, challenge the best drivers and feel the excitement of the World Grand Prix in 3D. 100% adrenalin! 2 arcade modes and a world championship mode which will help you experience a very realistic F1 simulation: settings of your vehicl

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