Excerpt: After the release of the newest installment to their Ridge Racer series, which proved to be more sim than arcade, Namco looks to be putting their fingers into the import racing genre, a series of games that has grown since the release of the movie The Fast and the Furious and various games like Need for Speed Underground , Midnight Club 2 and Tokyo Xtreme Racer .
Pros: Nice physics and control, Open-ended cities to race in, Lots of depth in the garage
Cons: Repetitive and mediocre music, Graphics could be more impressive, Doesn't feel all that fast
Excerpt: In August 2004 Street Racing Syndicate was released in North America. Some eight months later the game has hit UK shores, and with games like Need for Speed Underground and the brilliant Midnight Club 3 already on the market, you have to wonder what SRS has over its rivals. Codemasters must have thought the game had something, but I just can't see what that something is.
Conclusion: There's little doubt that SRS is enjoyable game to play - whilst it lasts - but with such a huge amount of other titles all offering similar gameplay features in this heavily crowded genre it's hard to see quite what makes SRS: Street Racing Syndicate any more than average.
Excerpt: The overall selection of cars and mods in SRS is on par with Need for Speed: Underground. You start the game with enough cash to purchase and upgrade one vehicle, but over the course of the game you can stock your warehouse with any of 50 different cars, coming from seven different major manufacturers (Lexus, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, Subaru, and Volkswagen). Upgrades come in five major areas--tires, suspension, turbo, electronics, and body.
Excerpt: Look around the shelves of your favorite gaming store and you'll see racing games are just as prevalent as all the other sports genres combined. Everyone is making racers, as it doesn’t seem take a lot of thought to make one - all you have to do is combine everyone else’s ideas and use something different for the vehicles. The newest popular sub-genre in racing is modification.
Excerpt: Rockstar is a company that is definitely ahead of the times. They pioneered the gaming industry into open ended adventures with the insanely popular Grand Theft Auto series. They also led the way for racing games with Midnight Club racing series. But Rockstar isn't the only one helping out the new street racing genre. EA has been the most successful, besides Rockstar, with their Need for Speed Underground series.