The VW New Beetle may not be the fastest car on the market, but it's definitely one of the most intriguing. Even though the VW Beetle has come to represent peace and love since its birth in the 1950s, this new racing game from Electronic Arts.
Beetle Adventure Racing has the look of a gritty realistic racing simulation, but it has the power-ups and huge jumps found in arcade racing games. You'll be driving shiny Beetles through movie theaters, over volcanoes, across a mini-Stonehenge, and over terrain that ranges from ice to sand. Apparently your Beetle is even equipped with a time travel option, because on one track you'll come face to face with a T-Rex. Now that's a feature that can raise the sticker price in a hurry!
"Aside from Wave Race, this is definitely the best racer on N64 yet. I love this game -- and I have yet to meet anyone who didn't enjoy taking BAR's Bugs for a spin. Beetle Adventure Racing arrives as a breath of fresh air in a genre that hasn't moved forward in years. The tracks are unbelievable, physics are cool and the handling is dead-on. While other racers have problems maintaining a decent framerate while throwing a simple oval track with a few mountains in the background at you, BAR pulls it off with temples, helicopters, waterfalls, ghosts, dragons, and the ability to go anywhere, anytime. Even if you're not into racers, the multiplayer action and the thrill of exploration will grab you instantly. My top pick for Spring '99. " 9.1/10 - IGN64.com
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