Auto Modellista

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Auto Modellista
Auto Modellista Coverart.png
Developer(s) Capcom Production Studio 1
Publisher(s) Capcom
Composer(s) Tetsuya Shibata
Isao Abe
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
GameCube
Xbox
Release date(s) PlayStation 2
  • JP August 22, 2002
  • PAL December 6, 2002
  • NA March 25, 2003
  • JP September 11, 2003 (US Tuned)
GameCube
  • JP July 3, 2003 (US Tuned)
  • NA September 30, 2003
Xbox
  • JP January 20, 2004
  • NA January 21, 2004
Genre(s) Arcade style racing
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Distribution DVD-ROM

Auto Modellista (アウトモデリスタ?)[1] is a racing game developed and published by Capcom, first released on PlayStation 2, later ported to GameCube and Xbox.

Description[edit]

Auto Modellista marked itself apart from others of the same genre with cel-shaded graphics, which gave a hand-drawn and cartoon-like appearance. Despite its unique style and large amount of simulation-esque detail, there was widespread claim of poor handling dynamics, which presumably lead to the commercial failure of the game for its Japan and European releases.

In 2003, Capcom attempted to address these claims with Auto Modellista: US Tuned, containing the new content made for the later North American release plus various tweaks to gameplay. This was the version that would eventually wind up as a GameCube and Xbox game, with the latter due for release in Europe on April 2004. Regardless, the claims still persisted; many distributors predicted that sales of the game were going to be poor, and generally refused to carry it.

Also in 2003, Auto Modellista received a followup in the form of Group S Challenge for the Xbox, released specifically for the American market. Capcom has not been involved with driving games since.

Gameplay[edit]

Auto Modellista attempts to be a very technical racing game, with an immense amount of available parts and settings for the selection of cars provided to the player. Various aspects of each car can be tuned, allowing the player to tweak the performance of the car.

In the Garage mode (the main single-player mode), the player is granted the ability to select one of four tire types which affect road grip in regard to the weather conditions on the race track (for example, the "Semi-Slick Tires" provide maximum speed and grip in dry weather, but suffer in rain). Other options include brakes (which determine braking efficiency), suspension, Turbines, Mufflers, Computer (determines the car's ability to accept upgrades later in the game), the engine, "Final Gear", and Weight Reduction.

Auto Modellista's customisation options also extends to visual enhancements, allowing the player to choose from many different color combinations, hood and spoiler types, plus the ability to add badges, stickers and even create license plates. Engine swaps are also available, for example, the Subaru 360 can have EJ20T in place of its EK32. Swapped engines cannot be retuned in the game.

A large aspect of the game was its online mode, with online races supporting up to 8 players. This functionality (and many of the game modes relating to it) were removed from the original US and European releases, but was added back into the US Tuned editions of the game. The online mode of Auto Modellista has been terminated, and cannot be used in any versions of the game.

Development[edit]

Auto Modellista was a part of an initiative from Capcom's Production Studio 1 to develop three network focused games on the PlayStation 2. The other games were Monster Hunter and Resident Evil Outbreak. Capcom's plan was that at least one of the games would become a million seller. Both Monster Hunter and Resident Evil Outbreak eventually became million sellers.[2]

Reception[edit]

Review scores
Publication Score
1UP

PS2: C[3]
Xbox: D+[4]

Famitsu

PS2: 30 of 40[5]

GamePro

PS2: 3.5 of 5[6]

GameSpot

PS2: 6.9 of 10[7]
GCN: 6.2 of 10[8]
Xbox: 6.8 of 10[9]

GameSpy

PS2: 1 of 5[10]
Xbox: 2 of 5[11]

IGN

PS2: 7.0 of 10[12]
GCN: 5.5 of 10[13]
Xbox: 5.7 of 10[14]

Compilations of multiple reviews
Game Rankings

PS2: 66.8% (based on 53 reviews)[15]
GCN: 65.6% (based on 10 reviews)[16]
Xbox: 58.8% (based on 14 reviews)[17]

Metacritic

PS2: 66% (based on 20 reviews)[18]
GCN: 62% (based on 7 reviews)[19]
Xbox: 52% (based on 12 reviews)[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rough Italian for "car collector".
  2. ^ Yin-Poole, Wesley (11 March 2014). "As Monster Hunter turns 10, can Capcom finally make the west listen?". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  3. ^ 1UP Staff. "Auto Modellista (PS2) review at 1UP". 1UP.com. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  4. ^ 1UP Staff. "Auto Modellista (Xbox) review at 1UP". 1UP.com. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  5. ^ プレイステーション2 - アウトモデリスタ. Weekly Famitsu. No.915 Pt.2. Pg.93. 30 June 2006.
  6. ^ FOUREYEDDRAGON (2003-04-21). "Auto Modellista (PS2) review at GamePro". IDG Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2003-05-02. Retrieved 2002-08-26. 
  7. ^ Jeff Gerstmann (2003-04-01). "Auto Modellista (PS2) review at Gamespot". GameSpot. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  8. ^ Jeff Gerstmann (2003-12-01). "Auto Modellista (GCN) review at Gamespot". GameSpot. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  9. ^ Jeff Gerstmann (2004-01-27). "Auto Modellista (Xbox) review at Gamespot". GameSpot. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  10. ^ Adam Pavlacka (2003-04-15). "Auto Modellista (PS2) review at GameSpy". IGN. Archived from the original on 7 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  11. ^ Justin Leeper (2004-02-07). "Auto Modellista (Xbox) review at GameSpy". IGN. Retrieved 2008-08-26. [dead link]
  12. ^ Douglass Perry (2003-04-28). "Auto Modellista (PS2) review at IGN". IGN. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  13. ^ Tyrone Rodriguez (2003-10-16). "Auto Modellista (GCN) review at IGN". IGN. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  14. ^ Tyrone Rodriquez (2004-01-27). "Auto Modellista (Xbox) review at IGN". IGN. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  15. ^ "Auto Modellista (PS2) at Game Rankings". Game Rankings. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  16. ^ "Auto Modellista (GCN) at Game Rankings". Game Rankings. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  17. ^ "Auto Modellista (Xbox) at Game Rankings". Game Rankings. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  18. ^ "Auto Modellista (PS2) at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. 2003. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  19. ^ "Auto Modellista (GCN) at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. 2003. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  20. ^ "Auto Modellista (Xbox) at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. 2004. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 

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