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Wave Race 64

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Reviewed by Colin Healy Wave Race 64, one of the first N64 games, is probably the only game like it. It's blend of racing and sports game makes for an interesting combination.

Graphics 7 out of 10

Overall, the graphics are not spectacular. However, the waves look and feel so real it feels as if you're actually riding the waves. The waves go up and down seemingly randomly. The waves are a great bluish-green color. You can almost see below the water. Besides the waves, the rest of the graphics don't look that spectacular. In the first level, there is supposedly a man standing up on the beach. He looks, however, like a cardboard cutup.

Music and Sound 7 out of 10

Nothing good at all. There is practically no music during the levels. The only time there is music is between the levels. I guess this music is decent. The only sound (besides the occasional music ) there is is the sound of jetskis colliding and the grunts of people when they fall off their vehicle. Sound is one of the game's weak points.

Game Challenge 8 out of 10

This game is very hard on the reverse mode, especially in one certain track. The normal mode is very easy, and the other modes just take some getting used to. if you are used to playing Diddy Kong and Mario Kart, the control may take some time getting used to. The control is definitely looser then those other games.

Game Play-Fun 6+ out of 10

I guess the game is okay. Not that fun. When you first start playing the game you think "wow." However, after a while the game gets a little boring and repetitive. I quickly turned my interest to other games besides Wave Race.


Yes, the game does get frustrating on the reverse mode. Everything you've learned about the game is goes out the window. I got really frustrated after a while on the reverse mode. (I almost broke my controller because I slammed it on the floor in frustration.)

Replayability 6 out of 10

Like I said before, after you play this game once or twice, you quickly get turned off by it. I don't play it anymore and I got it in January of '98. This game is probably has worse replay value than any other N64 game.

Game Value 5 out of 10

One word: NOO!!!!! If you have very little money to spend don't get this game. Even though the game now costs $40.00, it still is not worth it. I don't understand why it was voted 16th best game ever in Nintendo Power's 100 issue. Trust me, don't get this game.

Overall 5 out of 10

For the most part this game is bad. This game has practically no multiplayer action. I believe every racing game should have a good multiplayer mode. Also, you only race against only four other racers. This is a big drawback.

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