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Manx TT Superbike
Developer: Sega AM3/Sega-AM4/Tantalus Interactive
one genre where Sega dominated back in the mid 90s that would have to be the 3D
arcade racer and Manx TT Superbike was no exception.
going to say it: The arcade feel and gameplay of Manx TT Superbike is perfect!
The speed, the flow, the racing it’s extremely fun and addicting with that “one
more race” factor.
Adding to the wonderful gameplay are the colorful graphics,
these are not all that great on a technical level due to low polygon models and
2D trees and buildings, but are still very pretty to look at thanks to mix of
colors and general summer/spring feel of the game, however, I did notice some
slight frame rate hiccups now and again, though nothing too serious.
is mostly composed of rock tunes which do a good job at getting you pumped and
ready to go, though when I reached speeds of upwards of 190MPH my bike starting
sounding more like a vacuum cleaner… that was kind of weird.
for all the praise I just gave the game I have one major issue, there’s only twotracks! Oh sure there’s also a mirrored version of said tracks and
I admit, it’s kinda neat seeing these from a reversed perspective, but really,
once you master the regular version it’ll likely only take you one or two tries
to dominate its mirrored counterpart.
There are a
few other modes like the superbike challenge or the time trial modes, but
really these add very little in the way of replay value, so far the best the biggest
drive I get to replay it (other than the gameplay that is) is to beat the
dreaded superbike, an NPC player with an overpowered bike, that’s faster and
handles better than anyone else’s.
freaking love the gameplay here, but really, there’s only enough content here
to last you two days if that. With that said, this is my default Saturn game,
it’s the perfect title for when you have 5 minutes to kill, but anything over
that and you’ll likely get tired of the same two tracks over and over. A shame
too, there was potential for an A+ here.
- Attractive, colorful graphics - Fast and addicting gameplay - While a bit limited, the Soundtrack is pretty nice
- Only two tracks (four if you count the mirrored tracks)
- Very little replay value once you finish in first place - Bike models are very low poly
Final Grade: B-
I generally don't like mid 90s CGI covers, but on the other hand I am a sucker for pleasing vibrant colors and this one is chock full of them!
Inside you'll find a pretty barebones manual, it starts off by telling you something about Norse kings gutting their defeated foes to please Odin and I'm really not sure how any of this is related to bikes. Outside of that weird introduction it explains you how to play the game and what each mode does, though it doesn't tell you too much, likely because there's not that much to talk about to begin with. It also doesn't really help the manual is in black and white with extremely minimal decorative art on the bottom right and left corners.
I did like the "coming soon" section as it showed off the box art for Torico, Mass Destruction, Saturn Bomber Man and Fighters Megamix, though a few screenshots would've been nice
Overall the manual is a bit disappointing, but the cover is pleasing and it does come in a sturdy late-life plastic Saturn casing, so it's not all bad.