is a great and very action-packed racing simulation. You don't race against a bunch of other drivers but instead your main goal is to survive the numerous stunts each track has to offer, although you can still compete against a computer controlled car.
But its greatest strength is the seemingly endless variation. There are already a lot of tracks to race on coming with the game file, but neverthelesshas a powerful track editor which lets you build every track you can imagine. There are lots of different pieces to choose: 3 surfaces (paveway, dirt and ice), standard road pieces like straightaways, banked curves, chicanes, crossroads and more, but the most exciting features are the various stunt pieces you can implement in your tracks. There are loopings, big jumps, pipes and halfpipes, elevated roads and more which are big fun to drive through. Besides that you can set different scenery pieces like houses, ships, windmills and others.
In the starting menu you can choose whether you want to race against the clock or against a computer controlled racer. He's not overly smart and on difficult tracks he will most probably crash but he can still provide some challenge. Generally it's more fun to try to beat the track records. There are many different cars to choose from, from big 4-wheel-drive offroad cars to speedy Indycars. Their (dis)advantages are obvious: while offroad cars excel on dirt and ice, racecars can't be beaten on paved surfaces. The race itself can be watched from four different camera positions: from inside the car, a close outside view, a far outside view and a tv camera. I'd recommend using the keyboard for steering because it's the most precise you can get. The graphics are -well - not really the big thing but you'll find your way around.
What's really thrilling about this game is the aforementioned variety in stunts. They give you lots of opportunities to crash your car. Furthermore roads can be elevated by ramps or by going over hills. Quite exciting when it's going down to sea level again and you can't see where the track is going to... Slight and sharp turns, icy or dirty surfaces, crossroads and alternative roads all add to the fun. Try steering your indycar over ice when water is on both sides of the track (when you drop in there you'll sink - game over) - your palms will sweat like hell. And besides Stunt Car Racer this game is the only one where I get this certain feeling in the stomach when doing one of these mighty jumps. Well, that says it all, I guess
If you're a fan of spectacular stunts, get this game. If you're a hardcore racer (Indycar or F1) then this is probably not the game you're looking for. But nevertheless you should have a look at it, it´s really a great action racing game.