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Old 04-03-2011, 02:36 PM   #1
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Cool Speed Freaks/Punks

I hope you don't mind me doing a topic about a racing game for the original PlayStation created by European company FunCom in 1999-2000.
It's called Speed Freaks (Speed Punks outside of Europe), and it's what I would consider, the coolest Mario Kart rip EVAR! Anyways, Speed Punks (I'm referring to the game by its U.S. name) is a kart racing game for the PS1 with awesome track designs, crazy racers, cool music composed by Martin Schioler and a wacky assortment of power-ups! I almost forgot, there's also shortcuts, too! It took FunCom Dublin (Dublin, Ireland, that is!) and the SD Team (a group of European stunt drivers) two years to make the game, with the working titles such as "Project SDR" and "Wheelnuts".

Controls:

X Button: Acceleration
Square Button: Brakes
L1/R1: Power Skid (get through turns more effectively with it, no jumping required)
R2: Use Boost
L2: Use Power-Up

Power-Ups:

Basic Missile: Fires straight ahead, and stuns the target on impact. It can be fired backwards with down+L2

Triple Basic Missile: It's the Basic Missile three times as nasty! Can be fired backwards

Homing Missile: Also known as a Finder Fish, this projectile homes in on the nearest opponent racer. One good way to avoid it is to dodge it with a Power Skid at the right possible time, if you've been doing plenty of cornering! WARNING: THIS WEAPON CANNOT BE FIRED BACKWARDS

Bomb: You lay it behind you and any unlucky racer that gets near it will be stunned in the blast! Be careful, even you can be affected by your own bomb! Also, if you hold L2 the moment you deploy a bomb, you can make it like a remote-detonated explosive! To detonate it, press L2 again.

Invisibility: You can turn invisible AND invincible for a while with this power-up. With it, you can steal an opponent's Speed Boost Tokens while slowing them down, and be protected against all offensive power-ups.

Tire Pop: This rather rare power-up allows you to inflate your opponent's tires until POP! They get sent flying straight up into the air, and then back on the ground! Be careful when somebody else is using it! A pretty good way to counter this power-up is to press the X button rapidly to stop it from making your tires go POP! You can also use the Invisibility power-up to counter it!

Shockwave: Now this is a useful power-up! With it, you can fire a powerful rainbow-colored arc of electricity along the path of the racetrack, electrocuting your opponents, halting them to a complete stop, and erasing their on-hand power-ups and Speed Boost Tokens. If someone else is using it, get to the side of the track and quickly, or use an Invisibility power-up.

Machine Gun: It has eight rounds for stunning opponent racers, and four round are enough to do the stunning. You'll have to lock on to the target before firing. This power-up can also be fired backwards.

Winged Bomb: This power-up is only available in multi-player races. It launches a bomb into the path of the race leader.

Speed Boost Tokens: You can collect these hexagonal tokens on the track to fill up your speed boost guage. If you can get 10 of these, you'll have a full speed boost guage. You can also extend your boost time by getting extra tokens while boosting.

Max Speed Boost: This yellow-colored variation of the Speed Boost Token fills up your speed boost guage completely upon collecting it. There is one on most or all tracks. They also sometimes appear in item boxes.

also, the character design is reminiscent of Rayman!

The game was first released in Europe in September of 1999, and a year later in the United States on April 18th 2000. I happen to have a copy of the American version which I had since I was 12 years old!

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Old 04-04-2011, 07:57 PM   #2
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yo, anyone gonna reply?
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oh my gosh, there's one power-up I forgot to mention

Slime: Leave behind a blob of this sticky green smile, and when an opponent drives over it, he/she'll be slown down!

and Triangle Button for changing camera views during a race

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you better believe it, this game really brings out the capabilities of the PlayStation 1's Geometry Engine chip!
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follow this link to a youtube video of the intro sequence of the game
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_UvDrFL_5g
feautres "Travelling Without Moving" by Jamiroquai
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ah, someone asides from me who played the game
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