Harley-Davidson & L.A. Riders

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Harley-Davidson & L.A. Riders
Developer(s) AM1
Publisher(s) Sega
Composer(s) Masanori Takeuchi[1]
Platform(s) Arcade
Release date(s) Arcade
Dreamcast
Genre(s) Driving game
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Cabinet Deluxe, standard
Arcade system Sega Model 3

Harley-Davidson & L.A. Riders (known as ハーレーダビッドソン&L.A.ライダーズ in Japan) is a Sega arcade game developed by AM1 and released in 1997. The game was built on the Sega Model 3 arcade hardware, and was officially the first one to use the Step 2.0 revision of the Model 3 hardware.

Harley-Davidson & L.A. Riders was sold in two cabinet variants: a deluxe version that uses a 50-inch projection monitor and motorcycle hydraulics. The other variant is a more standard sit-down cabinet with a smaller 25-inch monitor, including the same gameplay physics minus the hydraulics.[6]

Gameplay[edit]

In Harley-Davidson & L.A. Riders, the player rides one of five Harley-Davidson models. The objective is to complete a series of checkpoints around Los Angeles under a time limit. The number of stages alloted depends on the machine's settings. It can be three, four, or five stages. The player also has to collect as many hidden items (such as "tokens" that resemble the Harley-Davidson logo) as possible, in order to earn bonus points. The token points range anywhere from 1,000 to 100,000 points. The tokens which are more lucrative (that range in larger point sizes from 10,000-100,000) are located in more obscure and irrelevant areas of Los Angeles. Tokens that are worth 3,000 points are located through street corners. Others that are worth 10,000-50,000 points are located in special areas such as the golf course in Beverly Hills, where a token worth 30,000 is located. Tokens worth 100,000 are more difficult to get and are located in obscure areas. Occasionally, the player will find red-yellow-colored tokens floating around more irrelevant areas that allow you to earn 5 or 10 seconds of bonus time.[7]

Other useful controls and buttons in the game are pushing the start button, which activates a honking sound from the bike. The player can also change the perspective of the bike from three different views: a second-person view which is right behind your bike, a view that displays far behind the bike, and a first-person view which displays only the front of the bike (handlebars and speedometer). You can also select 7 different pieces of background music, five of which are associated with each playable bike. A few songs were recycled from other Sega arcade games developed by the same team such as Dynamite Baseball (a Japanese baseball game) and Sega Ski Super G, which were both released in 1996.

Motorcycles in Harley-Davidson & L.A. Riders
Name Color L.A.Rider Name Notes Default Music
FLSTF Fat Boy silver Rick The rider is a man with short blonde hair, from Wisconsin (possibly Milwaukee, where Harley-Davidson originated). Rick wears a black leather jacket over a white T-shirt and black jeans. Beyond the horizon
FL Panhead 1948 yellow Scott The rider is a cowboy wearing a western-style leather jacket with black fringes, over a light blue T-shirt. His bike is the slowest of all the L.A.Riders and cannot hope to compete with the newer bikes. Scott is from Texas. Cowboys on the freeway
FXDWG Dyna Wide Glide blue Dave The rider is an overweight motorcycle gang member from South Dakota. Dave wears a blue vest with an eagle on the back, denim jeans, and a bandana. He is featured in all of the official artwork for the game. Boss the roadmaster
XL 1200S Sportster 1200 Sport red Anne The rider is female and has long golden blonde hair. She also wears a black vest with the "Sportster" logo in red on the back and wears black jeans. She is from Florida. The Sportster has noticeably great acceleration and handling. L.A. blue sky
FXRP (Police Motorcycle) white Suzy The rider is a female policewoman with long brown hair. The FXRP is a police motorcycle in the Harley-Davidson FXR series and debuted in 1988. This motorcycle is also the fastest of the five motorcycles in-game. When pushing start using this bike, it will activate a police siren, rather than horns from the other bikes. Head for the wild world

When a game is completed, each bike and rider has different ending material.

When your time runs out in a game, each rider has different failure animations. The announcer will also say "Don't worry!" or "Try again!" depending on your progress.

Soundtrack[edit]

An official soundtrack for Harley-Davidson & L.A. Riders was released on March 18, 1998 by Marvelous Entertainment.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://vgmdb.net/album/3026.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ http://manuals.segakore.fr/en/manual_47.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ https://archive.org/details/Official_Sega_Saturn_Magazine_030.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ http://gamesdbase.com/Media/SYSTEM/Arcade//Manual/formated/Harley-Davidson_and_L.A._Riders_-_1997_-_Sega.pdf.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ http://www.futuregamez.net/news/news9901.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ http://gamesdbase.com/game/arcade/1997/harley-davidson-and-l-a-riders.aspx.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ http://db.gamefaqs.com/coinop/arcade/file/harley_davidson_and_l_a_riders_a.txt.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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