Excerpt: When a game is based on a movie you have every right to feel wary in its presence, given the poor quality output of many licensed games. There’s exceptions though, where love has not only been shown for the game itself, but for the source material as well. Speed Racer: The Videogame, whilst quite a distance from being perfect, zooms past mediocre with its slick nature and speed.
Conclusion: So does the Speed Racer videogame continue the status quo of mediocre-or-less movie tie-ins? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. It has lackluster graphics, awkward controls, and just doesn't make a memorable or worthwhile game experience. And while small details like the sound or unlockable characters may give this title some value, on the whole it will probably just prove to be just another underwhelming and unmemorable movie tie-in game from 2008.
Excerpt: Reports are in and “Speed Racer” apparently isn't the incredible movie people thought it would be. Hype has a way of killing things like that. Now there's a video game, and at least with that expectations are more reasonable. It's license-based, after all. That has nearly everyone already thinking “Wow, it's gonna suck.” This time, though, there's a surprise: the game is good.
Excerpt: What is it? A racing game in which you take part in lightning fast races on psychedelic courses. Speed Racer is based on the movie of the same name, although doesn't require you to play as only Speed, the lead character in the movie. As well as contending with the high speed, you'll have to learn how to master car-fu, taking down other racers as you work your way into first position.
Excerpt: Another major motion picture release, another video game tie-in. However, this time the game is a breath of fresh air. Speed Racer hits the Wii and shows developers that video games based on licensed movie properties can be good. Read on to find out what makes Speed Racer such a rarity these days.
Summary: In Speed Racer, based on the upcoming film by the Wachowski brothers, where players will be able to take on the role of the characters from the film, getting behind the wheels of each character's signature vehicles to experience firsthand the film's high-adrenaline, combative racing style.