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  • Summary: It will take nerves of steel and lightning-fast reflexes to make your way through the crowded streets of Speed Kings. In the world of street motorcycle racing, you'll weave through traffic, pull off flashy stunts, run from police, and race to the finish line. Your high-performanceIt will take nerves of steel and lightning-fast reflexes to make your way through the crowded streets of Speed Kings. In the world of street motorcycle racing, you'll weave through traffic, pull off flashy stunts, run from police, and race to the finish line. Your high-performance bikes--including sport, road, touring, and custom models--each have their own type of handling and top speeds. Perform jumps, power-downs, skids, wheelies, and stoppies, but be careful--failed attempts at these tricks result in real-time damage to both bike and rider. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. Cheat Code Central
    90
    Speed Kings is like "Need For Speed" on bikes meets "Burnout" with a dash of "Road Rash," and seriously, what's not to like about that match made in heaven?
  2. There’s a timer in races and you have to meet all the checkpoints in time so you don’t retire early. This gets quite frustrating whenever you don’t get there in time, and the whole timer aspect shouldn’t belong in motorcycle racing games period.
  3. GMR Magazine
    70
    A true love-it-or-hate-it game; try before you buy. [Aug 2003, p.77]
  4. 60
    The game still has some rewardingly thrilling and violent moments and a superb sense of speed. The drawback is that less hardcore players are doomed to keep coming back to some frustrating cycles of trick-induced wipeouts.
  5. Play Magazine
    58
    Garish yet technically strong, the look fits the play style - thin yet fun. [July 2003, p.78]
  6. Xbox Nation Magazine
    50
    A passable motorcycle racer with decent track design, a solid framerate and a healthy sense of speed. But it's hard to recommend when it coexists with the superior-in-every-way "MotoGP 2." [Aug 2003, p.85]
  7. 30
    The too-twitchy controls (which aren’t laid out logically or comfortably) and easy crash deaths belie an inappropriate commitment to realism in a patently arcadey setting, while other elements simply need more polish (spotty collision detection; some tricks that aren’t “seen”).

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. JohnnyC.
    Jun 6, 2003
    8
    This game is tight! there is a lot of fast action and the graphics are sweet. this is definitely a winner!
  2. BlueFalcon
    Feb 6, 2005
    8
    Wow, the reviews are way off here. This game is very fun. Your reaction time is key - even more so than in the Burnout series (I own all 3 of Wow, the reviews are way off here. This game is very fun. Your reaction time is key - even more so than in the Burnout series (I own all 3 of those too). There's not much more rewarding than sliding your bike full speed under a truck trailer that suddenly pulled out in front of you. Many times in each race there'll be adreniline moments like that (or many horrific crashes that certainly would cause death in real life). The graphics are about on par with Burnout 1 - it's a bit of a weak point, but very functional and certainly inoffensive. Overall this is a great racing title, that will push your reflexes to the limit. Expand