I am not sure if you have read my past reviews, but I usually reviewed
software or hardware that I had purchased. I could be as harsh as I liked in my review,
since it was my very own hard-earned cash that parted to get me my new toy, and I owed no
one any obligations.
This review has to be one of the hardest I had ever written.
Dont get me wrong. This review wasnt thrust upon me. I took
it up willingly, mainly because I myself had read great reviews on the game, and all raved
about how good it was.
I had found it so hard to like the demo of Powerslide (weighing in at
5.75MB) I painstakingly downloaded on my puny 56k modem (at 4K/s). But I thought I could
give the game another chance since this was a retail box and the programmers might have
tweaked the game engine since the release of the demo.
But, unfortunately, this was not to be. And yet, I found myself
obligated to say something nice about the game because it was, after all, loaned to me for
reviewing, free of charge.
In the end, I felt I owed it to the reader to be as honest as I could
be. This is especially so if you live in a country like mine, where there are no such
things as a return policy on software or hardware sold.
"The programmers obviously spent a
lot of time fine-tuning the physics models used in the game and this clearly shows. The
cars suspension system react realistically as you turn sharp corners or bounce
across the desert landscape. But the end result is something quite unplayable."
What I fail to comprehend was how those umpteen other reviews could
have been so blind as to award this game top marks?
Does anyone else remember the Trespasser fiasco? I am sure you must
have seen the mind-blowing screenshots of "software-rendered" scenes of the
game, and how the previewers raved about how realistic the dinosaurs were. I even geared
up to get myself a Pentium II processor just for that ONE game, having been a huge
dino-fan (no.. not the Flintstones pet). I cant help but wonder if there were
some obligations tied to being given an exclusive preview of Trespasser in its early
stages of the games development.
Interestingly enough, Toms (of Toms Hardware) latest Monday Rant (28 Feb)
was about how some websites had some exclusive deals with 3Dfx to help promote the
OK... end of rant. Lets get on with the review, shall we?