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SEGA AGES Virtua Racing

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Based on 5 critic reviews
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83

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100%

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Available on:Nintendo SwitchJun 27, 2019

Publisher: Sega

Experience the herald of modern racing games, Virtua Racing! It's a race against time, but be careful, running into opponents and obstacles will slow you down. Can you beat the clock? Now featuring rankings and replays, online 2-player races, offline multiplayer races (up to 8-players at once on a single Nintendo Switch), the crash-disabling helper mode, and motion controls.

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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.

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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.

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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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Even with decades of racing games behind us, Virtua Racing stands out as a super-fun racer that holds up wonderfully.

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