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  • Summary: (Also known as "Drift Racer: Kaido Battle") Developed by Genki as the sport's first authentic videogame simulator, Tokyo Xtreme Racer DRIFT fully immerses players in the world of drift racing. The game faithfully recreates the Kaido so players can race the very roads where the sport was born, and further enhances the realism with more than 150 licensed cars to unlock in the course of the game. The game also has sponsored race parts for detailed car tuning and modifications to handling physics, along with five play modes that cover underground and sanctioned drift racing and the sport's variety of speed and style-driven competition. Drift Racer: Kaido Battle has more than 150 licensed cars from over a dozen manufacturers like Nissan, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Mazda and Volkswagen, with variable handling physics and detailed car tuning using sponsored race parts. The game offers five modes of play for stylistic precision-driving and racing for 1 or 2 players, including a career mode that pits players against nearly 200 underground racers in official daytime events and underground nighttime races. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Incessant loading screens and a bit too much repetition hurt the game's long-term appeal, but taken in three- or four-hour chunks at a time, this is an incredibly rewarding (and unique) racing experience.
  2. 75
    The change to drift style is certainly a welcome change of pace and the control scheme is extremely well done. Some minor changes could help the game flow smoother and a touch of variety would do the game a world of good.
  3. 70
    The level of skill that it's possible to gain in this game is by far its greatest strength. The excellent physics model allows a very fine degree of car control and this gives the player an opportunity to hone their techniques almost to perfection. [JPN Import]
  4. 60
    Tokyo Xtreme Racer DRIFT could have been a drift racing fans godsend, but the experience is soured by balancing issues and bad AI.
  5. Narrow, winding roads take TXR's already bad handling and make it feel that much worse. [Apr 2006, p.80]
  6. It nails some of the key points of the drift-racing genre, but Tokyo Xtreme Racer DRIFT lacks practically every other component needed to make an exciting racing game.
  7. 40
    It's a budget title plain and simple, and as such it slacks on nearly every aspect. With about three million PS2 racing games and counting -- including Gran Turismo 4 as a $20 Greatest Hit title -- TXR Drift is about as essential as a two-foot high spoiler on the back of your mom's minivan.

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