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TopGear Daredevil

Shortened to TG daredevil in PAL-land

One of the launch period games for Sony’s PlayStation 2 and part of the Top Gear series of games (Not the TV show) although this one was developed by Papaya Studio’s

The Trailer/opening

From the trailer and the title of the game you would think this would be some sort of Burnout or Need 4 Speed type game, as the trailer features two racers having a dual set in the urban city-like landscape (think Midtown Madness) with some optional stunt tasks,

The actual gameplay

You just drive around collecting cunting coins. That’s it

The single-player mode has the choice of four locations, Rome, London, Tokyo and San Francisco. The objectives are the same, collect around 20 0r 25 coins before time runs out in order to progress and unlock the next level. There are a few powerups scattered around the level which will help make it easier to complete the level.
The locations are nice and detailed and have a GTA-esque quality to them, certain street objects can be destroyed and you can drive into certain buildings, some of which contain hidden coins or powerups. You can say the graphics are nice until you play Crazy Taxi or San Francisco Rush on the Dreamcast, which blows it out the water and that features pedestrians also. Then again maybe the game was set in 2020 and the pedestrians were in a lockdown.
Still, there’s a nice blur effect that appears when you complete a level, try doing that on the Dreamcast…

There are a choice of cars throughout the game, many of which will have to be unlocked. I believe this is done by completing the levels, but might also be achieved by collecting the spanner items hidden per map.

Still, where are the races? Or the duels? Or the stunt modes?

MultiPlayer

A lot of the content is hidden behind the multiplayer mode, which is fine if you have a companion to play with. Would it be too much to ask to have an AI player, at least to compete against?

Conclusion

There are games that do this better, like Midtown Madness, San Francisco Rush, or Midnight Club. The main appeal of this game would have been its launch title status for the PS2, something to play on your new console whilst you waited for better games to be released.

Fun Fact: The game’s font is based on the Ren & Stimpy fontface


The ending cutscene