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Vanishing Point
  opened by paleface at 02:13:19 03/08/05  
  paleface [sys=DC; cat=Driving; loc=NA]
Very fun arcade-style racer. The presentation is very stylish and top-notch, and while the control is a little loose and drifty, it soon becomes second nature. You have a selection of licensed consumer cars/trucks at your disposal, and essentially race through long city or country circuits to beat a time limit.
Thing is, you aren't alone on the track: you've got traffic to contend with. And this isn't just any traffic: they will try to cut you off. No lie. You'll be cruising along, maybe just one half-lap away from finishing with a perfect blazing time, and just then the sedan up ahead changes lanes to cut you off and WHAM! you're watching the sky spin past through the windshield and you lose a ton of time.
It's pretty cool, actually: keeps you on your toes, and you really feel engaged with the AI.
The framerate blazes by quite smoothly, the tracks look lovely, with lots of big turns and swoops and tunnels, and the techno-ish music is really well done.
What's not to like? I don't know; it's good. Looks like it may have been developer Clockwork Games last title, which is too bad.

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