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  • Summary: (Known as "Wheelspin" in the UK/EU) SOLO mode - with phantom cars and racing lines to guide you. RACE mode - go head-to-head against 7 friends or computer AI drivers. BATTLE mode - blast your opponents with massive weapons. 30 levels of dramatic racing action. Roller coaster race tracks with loops, twists, and hairpin turns. Stunning terrains set on colorful planets, floating asteroids, and space stations. Progressive level-unlock structure - play your way to the top of the innovative 3D pyramid menu. Engine upgrades and other car mods - over 160 variations to 6 basic cars. Off-track secret bonuses and hidden shortcuts. Use boost pads to make incredible jumps and accelerate into the SPEED ZONE! Revisit unlocked tracks with enhanced cars to set an overall Apex Score Rating. Unlock all levels, find all the secrets, earn all the bonuses and medals. [Detn8] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 14
  2. Negative: 9 out of 14
  1. Unfortunately, the third-party genre offerings on this console are not particularly numerous, and most racing titles out there range from the abysmal to the merely mediocre. But if the Wii is your primary console gaming platform, you're avid about arcade-style racers, and you can tolerate a steep, steep learning curve, Speed Zone may be worth a look.
  2. 60
    Speed Zone is not a terrible game as much as it is one that seems to try too hard to impress.
  3. 50
    You can see the direction Awesome Play were trying to go with Speed Zone, but it just doesn't come off. The modes are there, the speed the title touts can be there, but the controls are not what they should be.
  4. It's well intentioned but underfunded. [Christmas 2009, p.64]
  5. 35
    There are parts to like about Speed Zone and it wins some merit badges for the split-screen option. What doesn't go over well is perhaps one of the most crucial parts to a racing game, the ability to control your vehicle.
  6. Even when you disregard the charmless character, ignore the relentless music and eventually manage to tame the handling, something comes along to spoil the party - an odiously placed bump on the road that causes an unnecessary spin, the sudden inability to respawn even when off the track, resulting in a lost race... the list goes on. [Jan 2010, p.90]
  7. You might as well chuck your money down the drain instead. At least you'll be able to control where it's going.

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  1. Oct 12, 2011
    6
    This game is an interesting mix between fun and frustration and can be quite enjoyable if you don't take it too seriously. It has high speed racing on whacked out tracks, the ability to upgrade your car as you progress through the game and even a battle mode. The main thing letting it down is the poor control you have over your car. The faster you go the more responsive the controls are, but to the point where the tiniest adjustment sends you flying off the track. At slow speeds it is even worse, with sluggish response times making you constantly over correct. I found I was most successful staying at a medium speed by avoiding all of the turbo boosts, with this technique I was able to stay on the track for most of the race. I only tried the multi player with two people which quickly became boring as there are no AI controlled racers in the multi player races. But with more players it could be fun, in small doses, before the frustration kicks in. Expand

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