by EA Sports
ESRB Rating: Everyone
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GameSpot Review: In terms of options and career paths, Mario Andretti Racing takes auto racing to a new level of video game realism. Consulting with Andretti himself through much of the design process, the developers at EA Sports created an excellent user interface with loads of options. The game offers both Stock Car and Formula One racing, which means junkies from both sides of the track can get their fill. An innovative career system allows players to compete for an entire season of harsh racing, and with over 16 different tracks to take on, replay value is guaranteed. The graphics are good, though occasionally marred. Crisp videos dominate the options screens, and a number of graphics tricks are employed during the game to preserve realism (the tracks are completely 3-D, with occasional light-source shading and smoke effects to highlight the experience). Pop-up is visible but minimal. The cars are fairly realistic, and there are nice graphics touches like losing a wheel or breaking a spoiler in the heat of the action. The simplistic controls, which consist mostly of steering, accelerating, and shifting gears, seem great at some times but flawed at others. Steering takes practice, and turning can be disastrous unless the player learns to brake well beforehand. The physics also seem to be a bit off, too. For example, cars have a tendency to float while crashing. But the main question is: where's the speed? Overall, Mario Andretti Racing is only an average racing game with some realistic perks to push it ahead of the pack. Despite its racing and graphic shortcomings, die-hard Andretti fans (or, for that matter, Stock Car or Formula One fans), should pick it up. Otherwise, leave Andretti by the side of the road.--Chris Gardner
PEICE OF [JUNK], August 1, 2002
Reviewer: 12 year old gamers from Allentown PA, USA
WHO CREATED THIS [GAME] ANYWAY. THE WHOLE THING IS A DISGRACE TO RACING FANS. THE GRAPHICS ARE THE WORST WE'VE EVER SEEN, THE SOUND FX ARE POOR, THE GAS MILEGE STINKS. WHEN YOU DAMAGE YOUR CAR IT DOSEN'T LOOK REAL, NIETHER DO THE TRACKS. AND WHAT REALLY STINKS IS THAT YOU DON'T GET TO PICK YOUR PAINT SCHEME OR NUMBERS. CHEAT CODES AREN'T WORTH LOOKING UP. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS ... PEICE OF INSANITY.
disappointing!, December 21, 2001
Reviewer: Jason Colucci from Maple Heights, Ohio United States
Graphics are terrible, it is more arcade style then simulator! They have stock car and Indy car modes, stock car is way easy to win all the races and be the stock car god, but switch over to the Indy car mode and you get the (...) beat out of you every race! The Andretti’s slam into you and just basically play dirty! Trust me don’t waste your time or money on this one!
Boring. . ., September 16, 2001
Reviewer: David from Boise, ID USA
Not a great way to spend your money. It lacks the graphics, the customization abilities, and all else needed for a great game. I suggest, if you want a nice racing game, the following:(from best to next best)
Gran Turismo 2
F1 World Grand Prix
Those are you best chioces.