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PostSubject: Re: Best Mario Kart alternatives?   Thu 9 Jul 2015 - 10:04

fronkhead wrote:
I've always (perhaps foolishly) dismissed CTR, is it worth a go then? As someone who loved DKR and Konami Krazy Racers that is?

Yes, definitely. CTR is still the best kart racer ever made, and should be the game against which every other kart racer is judged. Great singleplayer, great tracks, great mechanics, highly polished, perfect multiplayer.

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I'm just glad Sonic Transformed didn't take the number one, really. It's good, but it really lacks the timeless appeal of better games due to its balancing: handling's a bit too close to your bog standard arcade racer, but the way the game's balanced means it plays like one too, where good players in lower positions will struggle to catch up.

But that's a good thing, better players should win. Sonic Transformed is a close second behind CTR for me. It's the closest blend of kart racing and F-zero you are likely to find (which makes sense being Sega). Even MK8's 200cc has nothing on Transformed's speed and adrenaline. It's a super polished game absolutely dripping in Sega love (seriously, it has a Skies of Arcadia track. And a playable Dreamcast VMU. SERIOUSLY). The singleplayer/co-op is the most challenging (and longest) you will find in any kart racer, and is absolutely brilliant. In terms of challenge no other kart racer I have played comes close, and it does so without ever being unfair (looking at you mario kart). MK8 might make for a better party game, but Transformed should be where the real racers go.

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Star Wars Episode 1: Racer was a good alternative too which I only just remembered. I was a bit rubbish at it back then, though, but I wonder how I'd be revisiting it.

Pod Racer is an amazing game. Also please note that there is a cheat code to let you use 2 controllers, with the stick on each controller used to control the two engines (much like how the arcade version works). And it is brilliant.

Diddy Kong Racing needs a mention for the best adventure mode ever seen in a kart racer, and for that reason (plus the difficulty and the variety) I rate it much higher than MK64. In fact the only MK I would put high up a list of kart racers is probably MK8, which is by far the best MK yet made (just wish it had a proper battle mode).

Overall then, probably CTR > Transformed > MK8 > DKR as my top 4 kart racers.

...I actually really like LBPKarting too...
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PostSubject: Re: Best Mario Kart alternatives?   Fri 10 Jul 2015 - 20:18

I just remembered the best MK alternative, don't think it's been mentioned already:





Snowboard Kids, Goddamn that was a brilliant game. If I knew where my copy was I'd be setting my N64 back up right about now.
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PostSubject: Re: Best Mario Kart alternatives?   Sat 11 Jul 2015 - 17:02

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I just remembered the best MK alternative, don't think it's been mentioned already:





Snowboard Kids, Goddamn that was a brilliant game. If I knew where my copy was I'd be setting my N64 back up right about now.

Oh - oh - oh - Dead Lemon wins. Why can''t they bring this back?
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PostSubject: Re: Best Mario Kart alternatives?   Sun 12 Jul 2015 - 11:59

Our N64 Memory card was always dodgy, which meant we could never save Snowboard Kids properly. Which meant every time we played we played through the entire thing to unlock Ninja. So much fun.
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PostSubject: Re: Best Mario Kart alternatives?   Mon 13 Jul 2015 - 10:34

Dead Lemon wrote:
I just remembered the best MK alternative, don't think it's been mentioned already:





Snowboard Kids, Goddamn that was a brilliant game. If I knew where my copy was I'd be setting my N64 back up right about now.
Definitely this, I'd have mentioned it if I thought of it as a MK alternative, I think controlling a snowboard feels different enough.
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PostSubject: Re: Best Mario Kart alternatives?   Mon 13 Jul 2015 - 11:15

Used to love Snowboard Kids in multiplayer.

I recall really enjoying Wacky Races on the Dreamcast, particularly if you was a fan of the show:

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PostSubject: Re: Best Mario Kart alternatives?   Thu 14 Jan 2016 - 15:32

Looney Tunes Space Race, on the Dreamcast, is (was?) a blaaaast. I don't know how well it holds up today, but back in the day I had a lot of fun with it. It had a striking visual look to it, and looked like a cartoon in 3D and racing in rockets was a cool novelty.
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PostSubject: Re: Best Mario Kart alternatives?   Thu 14 Jan 2016 - 15:36

gjones wrote:
Used to love Snowboard Kids in multiplayer.

I recall really enjoying Wacky Races on the Dreamcast, particularly if you was a fan of the show:


Snowboard Kids on the N64 was the last game my step father bought me before he passed away, so it will always mean a lot to me. Loved that racer.

Also welcome back to the forum Marzy! Grin
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PostSubject: Re: Best Mario Kart alternatives?   Thu 14 Jan 2016 - 17:33

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PostSubject: Re: Best Mario Kart alternatives?   Thu 14 Jan 2016 - 17:41

Welcome to the good ship GNamer Marzy, hope you checkout all are posts and introduce yourself.
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PostSubject: Re: Best Mario Kart alternatives?   Thu 14 Jan 2016 - 18:55

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Welcome to the good ship GNamer Marzy, hope you checkout all are posts and introduce yourself.

He's a friend of mine, noticed he had an account here so I invited him back Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Best Mario Kart alternatives?   Fri 15 Jan 2016 - 9:01

Excellent work though Darren.

Sonic Transformed has to be one of the best from a current gen system?
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