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  • Summary: The fun starts with 24 licensed high-voltage vehicles from famous makers like Audi, BMW, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Lancia, and Ford. Players then race through three-lap circuits of snow, desert, or jungle landscapes, sliding through dusty roads, slipping on ice, and shredding throughThe fun starts with 24 licensed high-voltage vehicles from famous makers like Audi, BMW, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Lancia, and Ford. Players then race through three-lap circuits of snow, desert, or jungle landscapes, sliding through dusty roads, slipping on ice, and shredding through foliage. The competition really heats up on the open road though, as six cars try to muscle into prime position, wreaking havoc on their way to the finish line. Within each track are "Shox Zones" where players are awarded Bronze, Silver, and Gold placements based on their driving skills. Earning Gold in all three Shox Zones on a single track unlocks a new night circuit. Players can also put up their own cars as collateral in head-to-head Gambling Mode to collect the ultimate off-road vehicle collection. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 90
    Requires a bit of fancy powersliding, but it feels a lot more natural and comfortable here than it does in other games - the controls really respond well.
  2. Most importantly, Shox offers an exhilarating sense of speed which, in the end, is what draws many of us to racing games in the first place.
  3. Shox has such a simple, intuitive concept that anyone can get into and enjoy, but the gambling, damage models, and relative ease of the game can contribute to slight boredom after a while.
  4. It has a lot of flash, but it backs it up with a good amount of substance.
  5. A bit rough around the edges, and the controls are too sluggish for today's high standards.
  6. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    70
    It's old-fashioned, unpretentious fun, but fun that might be better suited to something that wasn't full price. [Dec 2002, p.218]
  7. 60
    Betting for cars adds a great deal of tension to the proceedings and its sense of speed is impressive. Questionable physics and a lack of track variety, however, keep it from attaining greatness.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. DanK.
    Mar 12, 2004
    10
    This is a really fun game with great grahics and excellent controls....give it a try and you will have a lot of fun!!!
  2. Oct 3, 2019
    9
    On of my TOP favorite racing games for various reasons: The game really is arcade and really is rally. 'Arcade' because you can really enterOn of my TOP favorite racing games for various reasons: The game really is arcade and really is rally. 'Arcade' because you can really enter easily, and if you hit the boundries, you are forgiven most of the time. 'Rally' because you allmost allways slide. The thing you should care about is, so correct your slides a few times a second in big curves, in order to keep traction. This feature makes you really feel driving a rally car, even if it is a very quick super unrealistic arcade fun racer, which doesn't wait until the end of the race to give you feedback: The shock zone provide you 3 times a lap, with information if you a driving is worth bronce, silver or gold, or less. I really enjoy, that every race, even if you don't win, gives you point (=money) which you can spend on new cars. This non-linear gaming suits beginners and professionals. The super different landscapes, nice graphic effects and different styles of leagues (kompact, sports, muscle cars...) kept me playing for long time. Even the feelable rubberband effect (cars never go to far in front nor behind) feels okay and let's you stay in the action and contact with other cars. Expand
  3. Jun 19, 2019
    6
    The game itself is not bad BUT.
    The physics of this game is horrible it can make it very frustrating loosing to drifting in air.
    There's
    The game itself is not bad BUT.
    The physics of this game is horrible it can make it very frustrating loosing to drifting in air.
    There's really just 4 levels but with variation build tracks through out the game.
    The good part is that there is 6 types of cars sounds small yes but there are 4 variations of those cars which means 16 cars and they are enough varied to not fell samey even tho the looks.
    Another thing the game atmosphere fells great it really fells like batman. Nah just kidding you fell like your driving fast and it says you drive 170 miles/h or 274 kilometers/h in turbo mode but you drive like in 140 kilometers/h or 87 miles/h.
    Its fun as an arcade game but as an full fledged racing game publicized by EA. Just play midnight club or need for speed instead.
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