Publisher: XICAT Interactive
Developer: Kuju Ent.
Release Date: 4/30/2003
Lotus Arcade mixes simulation;arcade and stunt modes to create one of the most complete driving experience to date. Players can opt for pure adrenaline rush or a more tactical long-haul race. Each course is set across a variety of landscapes and tracks; and will see players racing around such diverse and amazing locations as London ;Hethel (Official Lotus test track); Tokyo rainbow bridge; Minato-ku; the Tokyo Bay tunnel Arizona speedway and Jupiter Beach Raceway in Florida.
The special effects are particularly outstanding with rain storms snow fog dirt and mud all gloriously represented. Advanced real-time particule systems handle the dirt smoke and damage effects. For instance drive across grass wheelspin in gravel or handbrake turn in sand and you’ll notice your tires pick up grit but work themselves clean after racing for a time. Scrape your Lotus down the side of a tunnel at over 100 miles an hour and see scratches and dents realistically form on the bodywork. Whilst multi-pass rendering projected shadow casting and directional light make each frame-and there are 60 of them per second-a work of art.
A range of challenges awaits each player-from lapping the fastest to completing trials or missions. The challenge mode mixes gaming styles with players able to choose different characters each with a different path through the game. These modes are based on the fictional exploits of a world-famous Lotus Challenge Team which not only race in world championships across the globe but is also called upon to perform stunts for film sets or take part in a tire commercial on an oil rig. In addition players can race through rush-hour traffic and fly past speed cameras in the English countryside ensuring that Lotus Arcade lives up to its name.
A multi-player option is available for those willing to take on others. These are spread across Championships or decided on a single race. Specific modes and challenges result in hidden tracks or cars being unlocked and available for play in any other mode-so once you have finished a particular section of the game you’ll be able to replay it in a faster car trashing down lap times in single- or multi-player sessions.
All the formula One cars featured in Lotus Arcade are courtesy of classic Team Lotus representing the Formula One achievements of Team Lotus. The virtual models have been extensively tested by real Lotus test/development drivers to ensure the game is as accurate as can be. Even the world Lotus designers have become involved creating two Lotus concept vehicles for inclusion in the game.
- Features almost every Lotus model ever made past and present.
- All-new physics model gives the player total playable realism in every vehicle and an incredible impression of speed.
- The first officially licensed driving game to feature realistic vehicle damage.
- Stunning special effects from the advanced particle system.
- Fantastically detailed graphics on both vehicles and environments
- Pumping soundtrack by cutting-edge dance music artists Hybrid.
- Five immersive modes of play – Collection Championship Single Player and multiplayer as well as the exclusive Challenge mode.
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