4 Wheel Thunder Reader Review
"FOUR WHEEL THUNDAAAR!" screamed my Dreamcast as this game finished loading on whichever TV we'd set it up for this time. Myself and my gaming friend at the time went through a faze during the looooong break we had one summer holiday; We got through a lot of Dreamcast games. This was one of them.
The (terrible) subtitle I chose for this game is a little misleading actually; 4 wheel thunder was never THAT great. At least, not when you prop it up against the big swingers of the time, like Gran Turismo.
But 4 wheel thunder wasn't like most racers. It wasn't TRYING to be authentic, or even make any kind of physical sense. It was about driving really fast, across vast landscapes, doing ridiculous power slides and just enjoying yourself. Funder! (kill me now)
It wasn't the best looking. And there was nothing memorable about the soundtrack. The camera work was solid and the varity of "off-road" cars was decent.
It's hard to describe the gameplay. The three games that spring to mind when playing this game, especially in 2-player or the "battle modes" (capture the flag, pass the bomb etc), are Sega Rally, Excite Truck and Mario Kart. The levels and race style are Sega Rally. It's competitive side has all (ok, some) of the excitement, and downright fury, that Mario Kart brings. And the speed and physics are like excite truck. Although toned down on the old AIRTIME.
So. A good little racer which should amuse all but the core racing fans. Don't go for this game if you have high standards or love the authentic touch.