[Review] Car & Driver


Car & Driver Cover

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Nothing comes close to it in terms of graphics, landscaping and sensation of speed

My heart says…

40%

A long long time ago, a frind of mine borrowed me one of those not so legal game compilation and my passion about car, racing and driving videogames took over, so I quickly installed Car & Driver. The cover was very catchy and the few screenshgots of the menu made me think of a very rigorous games centered on the graphics and on the realism of driving experience.

One of the worst mistakes of my life. Very disappointing.

Splash screen

80%

This is absolutely the best part of the game. The book-spaped menu, with very clean graphic and professional style it’s a great introduction for the game. The problem is that with an intro like this a player will expect a game at the same level…

Car & Driver Menu 1
Car & Driver Menu 2

Graphics

40%

Just to compare, have a look at Formula One Grand Prix which is a 1990 game and even at 1989 game Indianapolis 500: The Simulation. Even 1987 Grand Prix Circuit is better than this!

Car & Driver 2

The visuals are very poor and too geometric and the only thing to save is the detail of the cockpit of the car, a bit better than the rest. But this is too little and C&D remains under the standards.

Car & Driver

Narrative/Realism

50%

When the road is a bit bumpy, when it climps up or goes down a descent, the car has a quite good response, so on this side (at least) the realism is safe. We have some issue when we talk about the accidents: when you hit an opponent (obviously if you don’t hit him at 500 mph) nothing happens: only the speed is a bit decreased but nothing more. Ok, this could be good if you’re trying to win a race but if you have to look after the realism it’s a bit frustrating.

Gameplay

60%

I’ve always loved Single Player games, even because most of the games I had I played by myself so this is not a problem FOR ME. But for any other one having a game in 1992 that doesn’t support at least two players is a big defect.

In Car & Driver there are 10 featured cars: the idea is great, even because we have dream cars such as Porsche 959, Lotus Esprit Turbo and Ferari 250 Testarossa; the problem is that the poor graphics completely ruing the good things of this game. As the cars available are 10, even the tracks where you can drive are 10, being the best one the Oval Speedway and the Mahomet Drag Strip (maybe becasuse they’re quite short and you don’t have to see that shitty graphic for long time…). They’re quite differente, even the environment is various but, again, you can have the better ideas but if you draw them like a 3 year old boy everything goes to $#!t.

Car & Driver 4

Sound

60%

If it weren’t for the sound of music that comes from the radio (did somebody said “stolen from Outrun“?), the sound is poor too. The engine of the car is not roaring but is making a shy “meow”. There’s no menu sound or music so since I have to judge only the in-game effects I have to tell they are almost nothing.

Longevity

60%

If you do the counts you have 10 cars and 10 circuits so you can experiment 100 different combinations that makes thisa game quite longeve. Unfortunately the longevity is not a feature you can consider, since you’ll be tired of driving before trying all the cars and all the circuits.

Final Score 51/100

50%


Year: 1992

Developer: Lerner Research

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Genre: Driving

Games Mode: Single Player

Original Platform: MS-DOS

From same developers/publishers:

Inspired to:

  • Test Drive (1987)

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18 Comments Add yours

  1. Mr. Panda says:

    I hope you’re not getting sick of racing games at this point! It seems like you’ve been playing quite a few poor ones lately. Still, it shows that you definitely know what you’re talking about when it comes to car games! Great job on this one!

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    1. benez256 says:

      Since I’ve always loved driving, racing and F1 games I played dozens and dozens and among all of them there were a lot of good titles and a fistful of s#!tty ones. This is not so horrible but at the moment is the lowest ranked game I reviewed. There will be a lot of good racing games in the future, I promise 😉

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      1. allendemir says:

        I don’t have a lot of love for modern racing games, myself. They tend to be too interchangeable, showing the same stuff you’ve seen hundreds of times, and “realistic” controls, which means you just spin out whenever you make a quick 45 degree turn. I still think Ridge Racer Type 4 and F-Zero X are the best racing games ever.

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      2. benez256 says:

        I have to try them…

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  2. Mr. Panda says:

    Hmm, did my previous comment show up here?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. benez256 says:

      Now yes 😉

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Did those cars explode into confetti? Those graphics… Reminds me of Race Drivin’ for the Sega Genesis.

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    1. benez256 says:

      Yes, more or less is the same. Thant game looks like a clone of 4D Sports Driving…same graphics, same cars…

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    2. allendemir says:

      Cars exploding into confetti would make NASCAR much more enjoyable.

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  4. Mr. Panda says:

    You sure have been on a racing game marathon! Shame they haven’t been the best games. But definitely great to hear from someone who’s basically a car games expert at this point! Keep up the great work!

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