Race Driver: Create & Race DS

Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
Buy On
  1. I will admit I was frustrated a few times when I failed to complete some of the challenges or kept getting my butt kicked in some of the Championships but, I loved it.
  2. Race Driver: Create & Race is an extremely well assembled racer which falls short of excellence thanks to its handling style falling squarely between two stools, and the niggles relating to the opponent AI and graphical in-game presentation.
  3. Games Master UK
    67
    It wins with the track editor but loses in other areas. Hit and miss basically. [Nov 2007, p.69]
  4. 65
    Crashing is probably something you should get used to before jumping into Create & Race, though, which brings us to the primary problem with putting a simulation racing game on a handheld like the DS.
  5. Maxi Consolas (Portugal)
    60
    It’s the most complete racing game on the DS but it’s not the most fun...There’s a lot of content but not without the sacrifice of the gameplay and of the visuals. [Dec 2007]

Awards & Rankings

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#48 Most Discussed DS Game of 2007
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Mike
    Apr 6, 2008
    6
    Much like the several other potentially excellent racing games over the years, this one is also hamstrung in the single most important area.Much like the several other potentially excellent racing games over the years, this one is also hamstrung in the single most important area. These are supposed to be race cars, not stock, right off the lot regular vehicles. You don't buy plain cars for cheap and then upgrade them with racing parts in this game... So, you'd expect them to handle as though they have proper racing-grade tires, brakes and suspensions. But they don't. You can't honestly call it an arcade racer (like NFS etc.), nor can you call it a sim (Gran Turismo etc.). It's just a mess. Games like this are the most bitterly disappointing because they get so much right, and you can tell that a significant amount of effort was put into their development. How then can they miss such an obvious defect? If you loathe silly kid cart racers as I do (say you're 16 or older and have some real-world driving experience), you're still out of luck on the DS I'm afraid. It's a terrible shame how close this one came. Easily could've been a 9 or better. Full Review »
  2. WillClarke
    Feb 7, 2008
    9
    This game is great. The track editor is top-notch, and the touch makes it even better. The races are realistic, and my only two complaintsThis game is great. The track editor is top-notch, and the touch makes it even better. The races are realistic, and my only two complaints are: 1. It is really really easy to crash if u r not careful. 2. I have to share this with my friends on the bus so I only get to play every third race. Well, at least I have the "track of nightmares" ( It is so curvy at some points that it is almost impossible to go through it without hitting the wall unless u r going about 20 mph. Full Review »
  3. SeanM.
    Jan 3, 2008
    0
    I can't believe the scores this game got, it's one of the worst games I've ever played, not just the DS, control is near I can't believe the scores this game got, it's one of the worst games I've ever played, not just the DS, control is near impossibe, and literally is once enough damage to your vehicle, menus are half-assed, most glitch, and are rendered worse than someone using MSPaint, online is dead, even the highscore lists aren't even full, but chances are you won't have the sanity to play the game long enough to get to those races. 0/10, first time I've ever fully felt like a game deserved it, I'm not even going to look at another codemaster or firebrand game. Full Review »