Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. A great game. It's simple gameplay will take you back to the old school days of pure gaming goodness.
  2. It's a very fun game to play, but there really isn't much to it. You'll likely finish the game in a few hours.
  3. 71
    While it may not dazzle the graphic hounds with its barely cel-shaded cars and detail light backgrounds, the furious pacing and easy-to-handle controls should more than compensate.
  4. A highly playable and very fast arcade racer.
  5. Perhaps the most impressive visual aspect to Downforce is the games split-screen multiplayer mode which stays extremely quick, with no loss in quality, framerate or objects on-screen.
  6. A wonderful ode to the old school racing games of yesteryear and fans of the racing genre will be quite pleased and entertained by its intensity.
  7. As for the actual game playing, this game keeps a F1 games physics, and gives you a sometimes unforgiving difficulty.
  8. The bonus stunt mode is cool, but Downforce ultimately lacks depth. [July 2002, p.83]
  9. The learning curve for Downforce is about 2 hours – within that time, most people should have figured out the nuances of the hairpin turns and how to contact other cars to spin them out.
  10. 68
    An incredibly short racing game featuring spectacular crashes and cunning AI, but an alarmingly few cars, no tweakable vehicles, and few track variations.
  11. Jaw-dropping crashes cannot an entire game carry, however. While passable handling provides for a mildly entertaining play experience, it's an incredibly short affair.
  12. Recommendable brain-dead fun provided those buying/renting it know what they’re getting themselves into: fictitious F1-like racing antics with believability and care thrown out the proverbial window.
  13. They’ve ditched realistic racing for a straight-forward adrenaline rush where amazing vehicular explosions are your reward spectacularly bad driving.
  14. While Downforce does not run very deep, it does run fast, furious, and most importantly, fun.
  15. If you're looking for a pure racing experience, you can't go wrong with Downforce. [May 2002, p.55]
  16. A competent, but decidedly average racing game.
  17. Its boring tracks make you feel more like you're racing around a generic airport terminal with fancy backdrops than actually IN the exotic locales. [June 2002, p.97]
User Score
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User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Sep 27, 2011
    6
    This game is fun but there is some physics problems such as overspin and a terrible inability to back up. The other problem is that they makeThis game is fun but there is some physics problems such as overspin and a terrible inability to back up. The other problem is that they make it impossible to do well on the last level of the championship. The computer is perfect and you can never catch up and thus never complete the game. There is some good crash simulations though and some fast-paced fun. Full Review »
  2. MikeD.
    May 9, 2002
    10
    This game+ you=a very good time.