Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 82
    A very impressive console-level arcade-style racer that pushes an incredible list of features and creative elements.
  2. Race Driver pushes the DS hardware to its limits, and the result is a deep and enjoyable racing game.
  3. Despite the extreme challenge, Race Driver is a gripping, adrenaline-soaked experience.
  4. 75
    A fairly simple racing game with tons of extra content and options that keep the game fresh and challenging.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. It wins with the track editor but loses in other areas. Hit and miss basically. [Nov 2007, p.69]
  11. 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.
  12. 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]
  13. 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.
  14. 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]
  15. 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]
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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]

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