• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Jun 27, 2019
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  • Summary: From the arcade to the armchair! Sega's revolutionary SVP chip puts you in the driving seat of the most technically advanced game ever. Stunning polygon graphics, four selectable viewpoints, and high-speed action combine to make this the greatest race of your life!
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
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  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jul 1, 2019
    90
    With Virtua Racing, M2 proves the Switch is a capable showcase for Sega Model 1’s divine austerity. As a three-course arcade racer with one car, Virtua Racing only goes as far as its $8 price tag. Through the lens of arcade and Sega enthusiasts, however, this port of Virtua Racing looks like it should be preserved under glass. How lucky we are to be able to pick it up and enjoy it.
  2. 85
    M2 did a pretty good job at this port. Everything looks and runs quite well, and the customization options for the gameplay and controls are much appreciated. While I wish the visuals looked more like the PS2 port of the game, and that there were more content, this is still a neat little package that should prove to be fun for any fan of racing games, whether you’re a novice or veteran.
  3. Jul 4, 2019
    85
    SEGA Ages: Virtua Racing is the best remake of the game ever. It feels authentic and looks great. Too bad the game has only three tracks, but then again, the original also did. The game is challenging and fun, but a bit short.
  4. Apr 29, 2019
    80
    Virtua Racing is by far the most impressive Sega Ages release to date, offering an incredible remaster that doesn’t just replicate the arcade game but actively improves its resolution and frame rate. Newcomers should be aware that it still only offers three tracks and one car, but those willing to accept this fairly meagre offering will find that the new 20-lap Grand Prix mode and the online leaderboards give it a much-needed boost of longevity. Not for everyone, then, but those who ‘get’ it will adore it. Please note this review is based on the Japanese version of Sega Ages Virtua Racing. The release date for North America or Europe is yet to be confirmed, but you can download the Japanese version now if you so wish.
  5. Aug 22, 2019
    80
    Even with decades of racing games behind us, Virtua Racing stands out as a super-fun racer that holds up wonderfully.
  6. Jul 26, 2019
    80
    It’s another cheap and entertaining effort in the AGES series, and a decent racer to boot. Whether you are looking for a nostalgic jaunt to the 1990s or a quirky little racer, you can’t really go wrong with Virtua Racer.
  7. Aug 1, 2019
    75
    While I can’t overlook that M2 failed to tap the more robust home ports, SEGA AGES Virtua Racing will appeal to Model 1 arcade purists. Don’t let the relative ease of cruising past Big Forest’s amusement park fool you, this is still a challenging experience. And “the herald of modern racing games” is still fun, nostalgia goggles or not.
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  1. Sep 2, 2019
    10
    Este Juego es genial . Esta muy bien remasterizado , para los viejos como yo y sus amigos , es mucho mejor que jugar al MK8
  2. Jul 13, 2019
    10
    M2 does it again. To be honest, i'm not surprised about the quality, as those people at M2 are very passionate about their jobs, and everyM2 does it again. To be honest, i'm not surprised about the quality, as those people at M2 are very passionate about their jobs, and every time they release a game, it shows and you can feel it. Lets dig in!

    Virtua Racing started the polygonal racing game craze. I know Atari had Hard Driving / Race Driving, but that game had such a low poly count and frame rate, it never actualy gave me a good sense of speed, and i still preferred the sprite scaling games above Atari's effort. When Sega released VR for the arcade, it really felt special due to the smooth frame rate (30 frames per second was really smooth for a polygon based racing game), tight game play with things that also can be found in simulation racers, like drafting, and improving your times by actually following a proper racing line. After a few reasonably good and a few just decent versions of VR, it's time to review this classic, and find out what's so special about it.

    Graphics: Somehow this art in polygonal racing games has still not lost its charm. The arcade may have a bit of pop in, due to the limit of the amount of polygons on screen, not so on this switch version. Here, the whole track has been loaded into memory, and is visible all the time, so no more pop in can be found. Combine this with a double frame rate (60 frames per second in single player game) and a much higher resolution (1080P) with no frame drops or other small things that might get you out of the flow. This game moves fast, smooth, and still delivers that adrenaline shot the arcade version gave you.

    Sound: Just as the arcade, there's not much of a full song in there, but at each checkpoint, you get a catchy jingle that changes every lap you drive. At a sertain moment, you will recognize the tune, and know what lap your in by just listening to those jingles. Also the passing car sound is rather meaty. The only small letdown (but that's because the arcade also sounded like this) is the engine sound. It has that "vacuum cleaner" feel to it that a lot of racing games suffers from. This does not distract you from the game, and to spice things up, M2 gave us a full song during a replay (your's, or one of the top leaderboards players) that came from the 32X version, but with instrument sounds that has the same quality as the arcade game, so it matches the game perfectly.

    Gameplay: M2 really gone above the call of duty and gives us 2 steering mode choices: Normal (Digital, like Virtua Racing on the Megadrive/Genesis), and Arcade (Analogue, feels like driving the original arcade game). Back in the times, i was really impressed with the Megadrive version, and i played that game so much, that the control grew on me. Now on the Switch, i play much better on the default setting (Normal, so digital input) than i do on Arcade mode. Thanks to giving us a choice, i am enjoying the game even more than i would have if they stuck with just one setting. But if you really want a chance to be with the top players in the leader board, you got to use the arcade mode, as the real pro players just are so much faster trough corners using arcade mode.

    Lastability: If you love improving on your times, and don't mind the game only having 3 tracks, just like the arcade, then you can have fun for as long as you enjoy a trip down memory lane with no consessions. It surely would have been nice if they included the Saturn or 32X tracks as an extra, but the price would have been higher, and their goal was to give us the definitive version of Virtua Racing, and they did manage to do that, and still deliver more than most developpers would give you. With modes like "Helper mode on or off" you can play with or without colision (turning the game into a real time trial, and also with colisions off your times won't be shared online) and there are hall of fames for each seperate mode (witch you see when you leave the game in "demo mode"). For me, this game is one i return to once in a while just to have fun, just like with OutRun. This is a game from a time when Sega ruled the arcades, and now they do on the Switch.

    Does this mean this game has no flaws or small things that i would love to see changed in a update? Yes it has. I would love to see (just as in OutRun) a seperate dificulty setting for the amount of time you get, and also for the AI drivers. As now, even on the most easyest setting, if you're not a pro player, you are only able to finish the first track in 1st place, as the top 3 drivers on the medium and dificult track are super fast. You have to drive each lap flawless to have a chance of passing them. Also, when you enter a corner and use the acceleration off, and then acceleration on trick to slow down, the horizon jumps up and down every time you release and apply the gas. So with some corners, you really get a jarring horizon line because of this. So here's hoping for a update that fixes this.
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  3. Yoy
    Jun 30, 2019
    10
    Love the graphics, the arcade feeling. I am having a great time. This game of old, brilliantly remastered, is a gaming masterpiece.
  4. Jun 30, 2019
    10
    Unbelievably good remastered version of addictive 90’s arcade classic.

    I bought this on the back of the terrific reviews it has had and am
    Unbelievably good remastered version of addictive 90’s arcade classic.

    I bought this on the back of the terrific reviews it has had and am not disappointed.

    It still delivers an adrenaline rush as a stripped down racer where perfecting your racing line, weaving through the field and putting in consecutive ‘clean’ laps is essential.

    It’s challenging as a single player to try and shave seconds off your best time, has up to 8 player(!) local multiplayer potential and at £5.99 presents really good value for money!
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  5. Nov 30, 2019
    9
    Buttery smooth 60fps gameplay with crisp visuals, and nostalgia inducing music and sfx. Playing this again takes me back to the early 90s inButtery smooth 60fps gameplay with crisp visuals, and nostalgia inducing music and sfx. Playing this again takes me back to the early 90s in the arcade, when this was an astonishing advance in technology. There is a lot of fun to be had in this budget price Sega Ages title, and the inclusion of Grand Prix mode, which lets you race 20 laps instead of the standard 5 is a welcome one. They've done a perfect job of translating this title to the Switch. If you loved the arcade version back in the early 90s, you'll be pleasantly surprised by this amazing port. It was probably out of the scope of this project, by bringing over some of the Saturn version's extra tracks would've been amazing. As good as the 3 included tracks are, there's only so much you can race on them before tiring of them. Hopefully this port means that Daytona USA isn't too far away. Expand
  6. Odh
    Sep 6, 2019
    8
    I remember the arcade game and the hype between home console versions attempting to look anywhere near as good as the arcade game. This is theI remember the arcade game and the hype between home console versions attempting to look anywhere near as good as the arcade game. This is the definitive version of a game that came out in the 90's. Yeah, it could use more tracks, but if you liked the 90's arcade racer that was cutting edge back then (as I do), its worth getting at a reasonable price. Younger gamers don't have that nostalgia and might not appreciate it stacked up against modern racing games with a lot more content and far superior visuals. Expand