You’ll need a wet suit for this one. Zooming through gorgeous lagoons and brutal storms, your personal watercraft racer gleams with stunning water and lighting effects. Stunning waterscapes are just one of the highlights in this follow-up to the best-selling Wave Race 64. Intense water-soaked actions will keep you coming back for more over-the-top aquatic action. Wave Race Blue Storm is about heart-pounding thrills that never let up. Jump in!
Wave Race: Blue Storm is set on eight aquatic courses in exotic locales, such as at a Venetian canal and an Arctic bay. Each rider is rated for acceleration, top speed, maneuvering, stunt skill, and strength. The game has natural effects such as sun glare, moonlight, and fog, as well as interactive environments with obstacles that can be destroyed by your speeding watercraft. Game modes include championship, free roam, stunt, time trial, and multiplayer, where up to four can compete at the same time.
Only one of two GameCube launch titles published by Nintendo itself–the other was Luigi’s Mansion—Wave Race: Blue Storm is a follow-up to the extremely impressive N64 racer, which, until this sequel, still featured the most realistic simulation of moving water ever. Blue Storm, naturally, looks even more impressive, with huge rolling waves, water splashing on the camera screen, and beautiful reflections everywhere. This is the game that’ll impress your non-GameCube-owning friends–unless you think they’ll be excited by a ghost-themed vacuum-cleaning simulator.
Although the graphics have certainly improved, some of the other changes in Blue Storm are more controversial. The biggest problem is the extremely heavy handling of the jet skis. It’s no doubt more realistic, but, to the average player, it initially seems like you’re driving a water-borne milk truck, such is your craft’s total inability to take corners at speed. Things improve with practice, but it does severely limit the game’s initial appeal. The cheaty, Mario Kart 64-style AI doesn’t help matters, either. All this isn’t enough to ruin the party, however, and this is still a topnotch and, most unusually of all, original racer. –David Jenkins — Amazon.co.uk
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