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Circus Maximus Chariot Wars

version: usa - year: 2001 - developer: kodiak interactive - publisher: encore - format: xbox - condition: mint - rarity: common
















Review - Ever felt like driving a chariot at high speed while beating the crap out of your opponents?

If the answer is yes, then you'll find happiness in Kodiak Interactive (errr…nope, it's not Kodak!) own interpretation of Romans Chariot races.

Graphically, the Xbox shows decent character models who are nicely animated and who show off a variety of cool outfits (even if some fighters look more like WWF wrestlers than fighters from ancient times…).

The tracks are also well drawn, and some of them even remind me of Sega's arcade racer Scud Race, which is a good thing. Some of the architecture in Rome though looks more like Caesar Palace in Las Vegas than actually Rome but that's ok :)

The frame rate is good especially considering that you'll have to drive while also taking care of your opponents who won't hesitate to play nasty tricks on you! You'll be racing in many parts of the Empire, ranging from Britain to Germany, Cyprus, Egypt and of course, Rome.

Each track has it's own set of characteristics and shortcuts and if you plan on winning the race and qualify 1st, you'll have to quickly learn to use shortcuts. Each time you race you'll earn Dinari and by accumulating a certain amount of Dinari, you'll get access to the next track.

And here lies one of the problems with the game. It can become tedious quickly to run on the same track over and over to unlock the next track. But nobody said that you'll have to play the game all in one sitting.

I think the best way to enjoy the game is to play it for a couple of hours and then switch to something else, and then go back at it.

The music is very impressive and surprisingly pleasant and the sound effects are excellent.

You'll know what I am talking about when you'll be hearing chariots crash !

Bottom line: a harmless diversion, fun for what it is...6,5/10










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