Excerpt: Had enough cel shading yet? It certainly seems like the graphical trend, which got its start elsewhere but was popularized by Sega's 2000 release Jet Grind Radio, has shown its cartoony face in just about every genre at this point. While there have been some fairly gimmicky implementations of cel shading over the past couple of years, Capcom's Auto Modellista brings the look to the driving genre without making it feel hackneyed or overused in any way.
Conclusion: This is a definite rental and if you are online with your PS2 then I strongly suggest you pick this game up. He's off and flyin' as he guns the car around the track He's jammin' down the pedal like he's never comin' back Adventure's waitin' just ahead. Go Speed Racer Go Speed Racer Go Speed Racer, Go!
Excerpt: The updated gameplay is a middle point between the arcade-style power slides of Ridge Racer and the tries-to-be-too-realistic style of Gran Turismo . Steering is still very touchy, although it is admittedly much improved over that of its Japanese predecessor. What sends AM more in Gran Turismo 's direction is the effect car bodies and other parts have on the action.
Excerpt: Let’s begin with the good things. Auto Modellista has one very good thing going for it: presentation. Everything from the stylish introduction to the cool menus and graphical effects boast quality. The game was meant to be hip, and almost every aspect of it reflects that. Gamers can choose what they want their garage to look like, and modify vehicles and other options via easy-to-navigate menus.
Excerpt: I first heard of this game, Auto Modellista , at the 2002 Electronic Entertainment Expo. Being a big racing fan and all, I was very excited to hear that this is coming stateside. It was scheduled for a fall 2002 release date and after then, it was delayed. I was heart broken. I soothed my self by playing Gran Turismo 3 until it came out. Now it is out and I finally have it. Is it as good as Gran Turismo 3 ? Can it compare to Gran Turismo 3 ?
Pros: Great sound effects, Easy online access, Lots of cars to choose and customize
Cons: Slippery controls, It' s hard trying to get your car to drive reverse, Too many loading times may slow the action for some people
Summary: Auto Modellista is an acquired taste, not due to the gameplay, but rather the graphical style which many people may not appreciate. This game really misses the online gameplay which holds it back from being a great title.