Rumble Racing is the sequel to Electronic Arts's excellent NASCAR Rumble from last year, only without the frankly unnecessary NASCAR license. Really, it doesn't make any difference because the Rumble series isn't about turning left all the time and jockeying for position on simulated real-world tracks. It's about wacky tracks, power-ups, weapons, and pedal-to-the-metal speed!
There's a championship mode, which lets you unlock tracks and cars, a single race mode, co-op and split-screen multiplayer, stunt challenge (perform as many stunts as you can before the clock runs out), and showdown, which pits you in a single-lap race against a single opponent. During the races, you can find power-ups that boost your speed, give you "super traction," repair your ride, and provide weapons that let you drop mines and oil slicks, or even unleash a tornado to mess with enemy racers.
The only problems with the game are the slightly jagged-looking graphics--they look somewhat unfinished--and the fact that despite the plethora of cars you can unlock, only a handful are highly rated enough to win the races. You'll probably stick to a few favorites and ignore the rest. But these problems are blown away by the frenetic sense of speed, the fun track design, and the mayhem caused by, well, being able to unleash a tornado on someone who cuts you off on the track! --Andrew S. Bub
- Cool tracks and cars
- Great replay value
- The weapons and power-ups add a lot to the game
- The graphics are rough
- Only a few of the cars are truly great
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