Daytona USA Reviews

Gingr Hail
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Gingr Hail
TA Score for this game: 218
Posted on 27 October 11 at 03:48, Edited on 27 October 11 at 03:54
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Continuing Sega's recent trend of releasing HD ports of classic titles, the beloved arcade racer Daytona USA is now available on XBLA. Originally appearing in arcades during the 90s, Daytona was and still is one of the best racing games of all time.

Gameplay: 5/5
Considering the game is still a staple of many arcades today, Daytona's gameplay holds up very well. You choose one of three courses and race against several other cars to compete for the title of King of Speed. While it may look simple at first glance, there are several challenging techniques you may have to master first before you take the gold.

Visuals: 4/5
While Daytona is nearly 20 years old already, the graphics are very nice. They have been cleaned up a bit for the XBLA release but still retain their 90s charm. Unlike the Saturn port which was notorious for pop in, this new port suffers from only some minor issues in that regard.

Sound: 5/5
All the classic sound effects and the songs fron the quirky-yet-iconic soundtrack are still in tact. This includes the bonus samples of classic Sega themes heard only when the correct initials are entered. A newly arranged version of every song and a Karaoke Mode are also available.

Multiplayer: 3/5
Daytona features support for 8 player online matches that are nearly lag free save for a few jittery cars. However, there is no support for local splitscreen or LAN multiplayer, both of which would have been welcome additions.

Replayability: 5/5
While the game only contains 3 different tracks, these same 3 tracks have entertained arcade goers for many years. There are also mirror versions of each course that provide a bit of extra challenge. Also available are Time Trials, a Challenge Mode, and a Survival Mode, some of which include online leaderboards.

Achievement Difficultly: 1/5
The achievements in this game are very easy. They consist of completing races on certain courses, reaching a goal in a certain mode, or discovering a track's easter egg.

Final Verdict:
At only $10, Daytona is a perfect addition to the collections of fans of racers, arcade classics, and all things Sega. While a few small improvements could be made, Daytona still stands as one of the best of the best in arcade racers.


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Posted on 13 February 12 at 01:50, Edited on 13 February 12 at 11:57
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this is my first review of a game, so i'm sorry if this kinda sucks. but heres my review of Daytona USA. I always remember this game being in the arcades and it being really hard to beat. If i won, it really did feel good. the game wasn't necessarily difficult, it just required luck to win.

Gameplay: 3/5
Its pretty much the same game as in the arcade. you drive around trying to pass as many cars in the amount/laps given. the physics seem to be off, which makes the game both more and less fun at some tiems. When you hit a car on the side, the car goes flying into the air and rolls a bunch of time, but always lands back on its wheels and drives away, which i always love. however, they also cause you to slow down to the speed of snail if you hit a car from behind or if you hit the wall. or if you go into the grass. because grass slows you as much as putting the brakes on.

Visuals: 3/5
I'm kinda disappointed on this one. i know they wanted to keep the 90's arcade look, and i dont blame them. but they should have touched the game up. make sure images load correctly and dont look like optimus prime took a shit. and the game still takes a year and a half to load.

Sound 2/5
WHY. oh my god the music in this game is so bad. the sound effects seem like they were recorded a can.

Replay Value 4/5
this game depends on replay, and it does a good job at keeping things fun. no two races are ever the same. this is a really good game if you just need a break from more intense games. its just a fun quick game. i've noticed that i usually play this game if i have 10 minutes to burn or something like that. i would like to see a few more maps(there's only 3) or some other game modes or something.

Extra/Bonus Modes 2/5
I would give this a better score if there was more than just 4 extra modes. i can't remember them all, but i know that one was a time trial mode, another was an endurance race, there was something i can't remember, and then there was the best one of them all. Karaoke mode. yep, karaoke. you drive around while the lyrics to the song show up on your screen. i have no idea why someone thought this would be fun. the worst part is, THEYRE NOT IN ENGLISH. or at least i dont think they are. the song i played(?) was made up mostly of Tu's (which i dont think is a word). it was terrible.

Achievements 1/5
The achievements are far too easy in this game. in less than half an hour of gameplay, i got at least 120 gamerscore. which is a lot for a retail game, let alone an arcade one. the only achievement that i honestly think would take any bit of time would be the endurance races, which probably would be no longer than 15 minutes.

Overall- 3/5
Not a bad game, but not a really great one. if you're a big fan of the arcade game, then you'll love this version. the game play is definitely fun, but i feel like theres so much more they could have done for the game. add a few more modes or a couple new tracks. make it a little difference than the game i have to pay each time i race. for its current price (800MSP-$10), there should have been more. i would recommend the trial. if you like the trial, then get the full game. daytona usa is always fun to play if you need a break. this is a game you can play at a party and everyone will have fun.
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Posted on 10 April 12 at 20:24, Edited on 24 April 12 at 04:22
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"Gentlemen, start your engines" for Daytona USA is racing straight into your room. That's right, the game from the arcades that so many of us pumped so much money into is now on the 360. You will race along either a beginner track (a tri-oval with the final turn being a little tighter then the others), an advanced track (a track with fast-medium left and right turns) and an expert track (just plain crazy). This game will cost you 800msp and also takes up 230 MB on your xbox.

Single Player:

Arcade- Here you will race from the back of the pack to the front trying to hit checkpoints as well as finish first. You can set the difficulty of AI, Time limit and laps to an extent. Difficulty can be set all the way to very easy, same goes for time limit, but laps only has 3 choices to choose from. The three coices are Normal (Beginner: 8, Advanced: 4, Expert: 2), Grand Prix (Beginner: 20, Advanced: 10, Expert: 5) and last but not least Endurance (Beginner: 80, Advanced: 40, Expert: 20).

Challenge- There are 10 challenges for each of the 3 tracks. The challenges start off easy and progressively get more challenging. They vary anywhere from passing a certain amount of cars before the time runs out to completing a lap within the time limit and a few others i'll let you find out for yourselves.

Karaoke- Here can basically be thought of as a practice session. There is no time limit and you basically just run circuits until the song is over. You can choose to run on any of the three tracks you wish.

Time Trial- This is just like a race with the laps set at Normal but there the difference is that you get the track all to yourself. At the end of the session your fastest and overall lap times are recorded and put up on the leaderboard for your friends to see.

Survival- You will have to act fast to keep up in here. You get time extensions for overtaking other vehicles, not using brakes in a corner, and other situations as well. The game ends when the timer hits 0 or you complete the length of the Endurance settings on laps.

There aren't many people online for this game but that's not to say you can't grab your friends and race them. The online lobbies are up and running, they just aren't active which may be a good/bad thing depending on your feeling towards random people in the lobby.

The Achievements to this game are extremely easy and to get all 12 won't take more than an hour of your time.

Final Thoughts:
I got this game when it was half off and I'd suggest waiting for it to go on sale again before buying it especiall if you only get it for the easy 200 gamerscore, unless you have friends who enjoy playing it. I didn't really enjoy the game though because to me, and remember that everyone has their own driving preferences, the car seemed to be hard to handle at times and would basically drift uncontrolably on the extreme or not turn but some of that might of been my own error since I didn't race long enough to get a good feel for how to corner in the vehicle before I got all the achievements. I would recommend getting the demo at the very least and see for yourself how the game is and how you the vehicle control is for you.
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Ruggles Charlie
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Ruggles Charlie
TA Score for this game: 218
Posted on 21 July 13 at 11:43
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Daytona USA

If you have ever been to a fun fair or an arcade, then you would have almost certainly seen, if not played, this classic driving game. From its first spin around the track in 1993, Daytona USA has managed to turn even the most sedate drivers into glory hunting, speed freaks. So when it was announced by SEGA on the 12th October 2011 that Daytona USA was going to be added to the Xbox LIVE and PlayStation Network, I was thrilled.

Now, for those who may remember the SEGA Saturn version of this game, which lacked some of the graphic prowess of its arcade sibling, rest assured that this isn’t that version. Instead, this game remains faithful to the original in sight and sound. So it was with a great deal of anticipation and nostalgia that I downloaded Daytona USA from the Xbox LIVE Arcade.
The splash screen loaded and I was catapulted back to summer holidays at the seaside when my brother and I had taken our hard earned pocket money to play some of the well worn games. The memories came flooding back of sitting in the seat and gripping the steering wheel, still warm and slightly clammy from the previous drivers sweaty fingers. For those who possess a driving wheel, you can recreate that moment (minus the warm and clammy bit hopefully) and really get the full potential from the game.

You are given a choice of three tracks, short, medium or long, as well as manual or automatic transmission. There are also various settings for you to play with including the difficulty of the opponents, the length of time you have and the number of laps. Once you have set your preferences, the race begins!

The three tracks don’t just vary in length but also in setting and complexity, the short version is your typical oval track, the medium length has an open road feel to it with rocks and tunnels and the long track is a town race across bridges and city streets.
Once you are in the race, you take part in a rolling start and battle your way through the pack, you can sustain damage which affects the performance of your car. This can be fixed by taking a pit stop which will see a team of highly skilled mechanics change your tyres and replace your battered bodywork.

As this is based on the arcade version, you get all the benefits of the high frame rate as well and of course the power of the Xbox 360 which handles the graphics with ease. Talking of graphics, this is a 13 year old game of course and so you can’t compare it to a modern counterpart. The 3D visuals are good and the colours are vibrant and eye catching, but as you would expect, it is a little chunky around the edges with the tyres looking more like bolts spinning around.

There is a multi-player mode available for those who want to challenge their friends as well as time trial. Survival mode gives you 80 laps of the circuit with seconds added to your time for not using the breaks or for overtaking, both of which you need to do plenty of to stay in the race. An interesting option is the Karaoke mode which is basically you racing around the track with the words to the song being played on the screen as well. While the lyrics aren’t that complicated, I don’t think I could manage to drive and sing at the same time.
This brings me nicely to the music and commentary in the game. The music is also true to the original, with loud rock and haunting vocals the theme. There is also the sound of your team manager over the radio telling you to be careful, or asking if you are ok as you come out of a bend on your roof.

This is a challenging drive, at least to begin with. The levels of difficulty add another nuance to the cars handling and your opponents driving and so there is enough there to keep you interested at least for a while. I think the best aspect to Daytona USA however is the multiplayer mode which takes this game back to where it really excited the crowd by pitching two people against each other. Not physically side by side this time, but with all the adrenaline and the bragging rights that comes from a win, or the shame from a failure.

This classic racer has more than enough in its arsenal to keep you occupied for a while, even if it’s for a stroll down memory lane. Either way, Daytona USA is a fantastic addition to the Xbox LIVE Arcade and the PlayStation Network.
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TA Score for this game: 218
Posted on 25 August 17 at 13:51, Edited on 26 March 18 at 20:20
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Daytona USA is nothing less than a mythical arcade and Sega Saturn game coming from the 90’s. I spent a lot of time playing it as a kid, first on those very immersive arcade terminals that included pedals, steering wheels and bucket seats, and then at home on my Saturn console.

This version of the game immediately plunges you back into the atmosphere of that time thanks to its distinctive soundtrack, its specific gameplay and its 3 tracks still etched in your memory. A graphics revamping has been made to enhance textures and the whole thing makes pretty good on our HDTVs, without ever betraying the original.

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As for content, the 3 original circuits as well as the original car, available in automatic or manual transmission, are included. However, Sega had the good idea to add a few modes, in order to diversify a bit what is offered ingame. They consist in setting the fastest time for the Time Trial, scoring the most points by staying in the race as long as the timer does not expire for the Survival, driving or letting the console drive while the lyrics of a song from the soundtrack appear on the screen for Karaoke and completing 10 challenges for each circuit for the Challenge. A Rewind option as well as several levels of difficulty are also available in some modes. Finally, online leaderboards and multiplayer races are the last addition made available in this version.

That said, for those who do not want to make countless laps with no goal, the game can be finished very quickly. I unlocked all of its achievements in just a bit more than 1 hour, which is a bit short for a game sold around 10€. Of course, these achievements are not necessarily representative of all the content since, for example, finishing a single challenge out of the 30 available is enough to own the 200G that offers Daytona USA. But to me, the lifespan of a game is now appreciated in terms of the time needed to unlock its achievements, which is about 1 hour for Daytona USA. Moreover, even with the new content brought to the player, there are still only 3 circuits to drive on, although I totally agree that the Advanced and Expert tracks require a lot of time before being mastered.

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As a conclusion, this version of Daytona USA is a true back-in-time travel and makes the player full of nostalgia thanks to its mythical soundtrack and gameplay. However, it is extremely short, except for those who will dive body and soul into it until getting 100% control of their car in every situation.
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TA Score for this game: 218
Posted on 27 October 11 at 23:40, Edited on 27 October 11 at 23:42
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Quem frequentou os fliperamas nos anos 90 e não se lembra do Daytona USA bom sujeito não é. O jogo fez o maior sucesso, ainda mais quando os fliperamas tinham mais de uma máquina linkada (era possível que até 8 jogadores disputassem a mesma corrida). Daytona USA pode parecer um simples jogo de corrida quando visto pela primeira vez. Mas não se engane, suas únicas 3 pistas podem te desafiar por um bom tempo. A conversão para os consoles ficou excelente, com uma repaginada nos gráficos mas mantendo-se a mesma jogabilidade. A possibilidade de disputas online (até 8 jogadores) é muito bem-vinda. Daytona USA não chega a ser um simulador propriamente dito, mas não basta deixar o botão do acelerador apertado e sair correndo. Quando se joga no manual, é preciso saber reduzir as marchas na hora certa, muitas vezes fazendo as curvas de lado. Talvez para a nova geração o jogo possa não parecer atraente, mas para a velha guarda dos games que gosta de jogos de corrida eu diria se tratar de título obrigatório. Foram adicionados alguns modos, mas nada disso seria necessário. Daytona USA nos remete à era dourada da SEGA e vale muito a pena pagar 800 pontos para se ter um verdadeiro jogo arcade de corrida em sua casa.
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If like me you have fond memories of going to arcades and putting a lot of coins into Daytona USA then you will love this as it is the exact same gameplay that we know and love.
It looks great inspite of its age, it has the original sound track and you will lose yourself for hours with the additional mode which includes time trial, challenges (10 for each track), survival where you have to drive around one of the tracks and try to get as far as you can before the timer hits 0 and the very enjoyable karaoke mode.
Then you can test yourself online to prove you are the best and for 800 microsoft points it is one of, if not the best value arcade game around.
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