Ace Driver

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Ace Driver
Genres Auto racing
Developers Namco
Publishers Namco
Platforms Arcade
Year of inception 1994

Ace Driver is a series of arcade racing games developed and published by Namco for both the arcade and various gaming systems. In each of the games, players race in their Formula One-based cars in various circuits.

Ace Driver
Ace Driver Title.png
Developer(s) Namco
Publisher(s) Namco
Platform(s) Arcade game
Release date(s) 1994
Genre(s) Racing game
Mode(s) Single-player
Arcade system Namco System 22 hardware
CPU 68020
Sound TMS32025
Display Horizontal, Raster, 640 x 480 pixels , 32768 colors
A player races down the track.

Ace Driver is a 3D racing arcade game released by Namco in 1994.

The player can choose between Automatic or Manual gear, and Beginner or Expert Class.The cars are:

  • Team Red Lightning (cars 25 and 26)
  • Scuderia Blue Castle (cars 3 and 4)
  • Yellow Cyclone Racing (cars 17 and 18)
  • Green Island Motor Sports (cars 11 and 12)

Ace Driver received the award for the Best Coin-Operated Game of the 76th Annual IAAPA Show.

Criticism[edit]

Ace Driver made extensive use of the CPU Assist technique whereby a trailing player would be given a significant speed boost to allow them to catch the leading player. However, the speed boost continued for a short while after the losing player had overtaken the leader - leading to a tactic known as boosting where a player would deliberately allow themselves to lose the lead, then during the last half of the last game lap would easily take back the lead with no hope of the opposing player catching them.

Boosting also meant that straight skill races were difficult to have as CPU assist would be continually changing the losing players speed and position.

Ace Driver:Victory Lap[edit]

Ace Driver: Victory Lap
Ace Driver- Victory Lap Title.png
Developer(s) Namco
Publisher(s) Namco
Platform(s) Arcade Game
Release date(s) 1996
Genre(s) Racing game
Mode(s) Single-player
Arcade system Namco System 22 hardware
CPU 68020, TMS32025, M37710
Sound C352
Display Horizontal, Raster, 640 x 480 pixels , 32768 colors

Ace Driver: Victory Lap is a 3D racing arcade game released by Namco in 1996, featuring more tracks and Formula One cars than the predecessor, in a modern futuristic setting.

Ace Driver 3: Final Turn[edit]

Ace Driver 3: Final Turn
Developer(s) Namco
Publisher(s) Namco
Platform(s) Arcade game
Release date(s) Spring 2008
Genre(s) Racing game
Mode(s) Single-player
Cabinet Sit down
Arcade system System N2

Ace Driver 3: Final Turn is a 3D racing arcade game released by Namco in 2008. It is an official sequel to the past two games and is a modern revival of the Ace Driver title. The game uses game mechanics borrowed from Ridge Racer 7, to ensure the cars can drift at very high speeds. The game contains a large amount of references to past Namco games, such as Taiko no Tatsujin, Tekken 6, and Ridge Racer 7.

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