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. Despite the extreme challenge, Race Driver is a gripping, adrenaline-soaked experience.
  2. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    83
    This surpasses expectations. It looks great, has fantastic online features and the course editor is brilliant. If only the cars felt a little more like cars. [Oct 2007, p.90]
  3. 82
    A very impressive console-level arcade-style racer that pushes an incredible list of features and creative elements.
  4. Nintendo Gamer
    80
    Not exactly the kind of thing you'd expect to see on the DS, and certainly not in as slick and professional a package as this. Well worth a go if you're into your racing sims. [Nov 2007, p.62]
  5. Difficult but rewarding, Race Driver: Create & Race earns a place on the winner's podium, even if it doesn't play fairly all of the time.
  6. If you buy racing games for longevity, innovation and the old-fashioned thrill of besting human opponents, Race Driver's DS debut comes highly recommended.
  7. AceGamez
    80
    A great little racing title that deserves to do very well indeed. If you're after a fast-moving arcade racer for the DS then stop looking now - you've found it. The long Career mode, excellent multiplayer and inspired track designer will keep you coming back again and again, long after most other racing games have made their last pit stop.
  8. Seldom do you see so thorough an effort put forth by a third-party developer, and on the Nintendo DS at that. It isn't a perfect racing game, but its sheer variety of vehicles, tracks, and game modes, as well as the ability create custom tracks and cars for online use, make it a great gaming value.
  9. Race Driver: Create & Race is a very competent game, well thought out and executed. It contains everything that the racing fans could expect from the DS, while retaining the spirit of the series.
  10. Nintendo Power
    75
    With tons of modes and options initially available and more goodies to unlock as you win races, you'll be pushing the pedal to the medal for a long time to come. [Sep 2007, p.87]
  11. 75
    A fairly simple racing game with tons of extra content and options that keep the game fresh and challenging.
  12. Race Driver pushes the DS hardware to its limits, and the result is a deep and enjoyable racing game.
  13. I still enjoyed Race Driver: Create and Race, and as far as racers go on the DS, it's definitely one of the better ones I've played.

Awards & Rankings

#47 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 »