Juiced (video game)
|Distributor(s)||Sega (Japanese version)|
|Mode(s)||Single player, multiplayer, online multiplayer|
Juiced is a racing video game for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, and mobile phone. The game was delayed for release in 2004 because its original publisher, Acclaim, went bankrupt. The game was picked up by THQ, and further delayed as changes were made to it.
In early 2006, British software publisher Focus Multimedia re-released the PC version of Juiced at a new budget price as part of its "Essential" games range.
The game offers different modes including career and arcade that present the player with challenges of increasing difficulty. A player can customize the car to suit their style and unlock new ones in arcade mode. The game features nitrous, similar to that of other racing games. This can be particularly useful when the player is behind an opponent or behind time; the AI can use nitrous oxide as well.
The game system was inspired by Need for Speed: Underground (which is inspired by the Shutokō Battle series), but the racing styles are realistic, similar to PlayStation's Gran Turismo. Damage is distinctively visible in Juiced, and must be repaired before the player can tune up the car.
There are four different Racing types, that include:
Circuit: Standard racing, complete circuit within the set number of laps.
Point-to-point: Race from start to finish.
Sprint: A Drag Race (manual controller only), the player races three opponents in a three heat series race, total of points after each heat determines the winner. The race has three tries,the one with most points wins.
Showoff: Timed race. The player earns points by performing various stunt tricks such as: donut spins, bootleg turns, 360's, J-turns, drifting, boomerangs etc.
With every win and/or loss, the player gains/loses reputation with other racing crews, the rep you get from the crew leaders will you be rewarded with the following,
Attend (Requires: 100 Respect Points):- The player is given the right to watch the race on the other territory (useful to learn a few tricks,and you can also bet on other drivers).
Race (Requires: 300 Respect Points):- The player is given the right to race in the crews race (Provided that the player's car meets the requirements and/or you have the money to participate).
Pink Slip (Requires: 600 Respect Points) :- The player is given the right to race for the Pink Slip of a rival crew member's car (your car is also put on the line).
Host (Requires: 1000 Respect Points):- The player is given the right to host a race within the Crew territory (if the player has enough money to create the event).
Losing Rep points may take the privilege away.
- Gain Respect By
Performance in the race and winning (position, time gap as a leader, style).
Gambling in the race (money and Pink Slip).
The appearance of the player car (the looks and upgrades).
The player's car collection.
- Lose Respect by
Performance in the race (position, time gap, held responsible for damaging opponents cars).
Gambling (if you fail to meet your opponent's preferred bet).
The appearance of the player car (stock parts on the car).
The player's car collection.
Damaging an opponent's car in a race.
- Extra Challenges
You can do extra challenges in the game that Crew leaders have set up, to attend: call the crew leader and ask for the challenge, each leader has three challenges: Best lap, Speed, Skill, etc. However the event may require a specific car (no class rating), you must have that car in order to compete in that event. You won't lose respect points after the race, win or lose. If you can complete the race without failing, you'll earn some cash and respect points from the crew leader.
In Angel City, there are eight racing crews that all have different racing styles and respects different forms of racing. These crews include:
|Crew||Leader||Location of Angel City||Respects|
|Urban Maulerz||T.K||San Ricardo||Circuit Racing|
|AWB||Biggi Mombassa||Campbell Hills||Sprint Racing|
|Vixens||Sue Yen||Downtown||Showoff Racing|
|The Wild Cats||Maria||Angel North Central||Crew Racing|
|Omega Tau||Jack Walker||Angel West Side||Best Car|
|Public Chaos||Melody||Southside Beach||Car Collection|
|The Lordz||Poppa Zee||East Angel Island||Money Gambling|
|Legion||Carlos Carillos||Anderson||Pink Slip Gambling|
At the Start of the game, you only have enough respect to attend and race on T.K's area, who is also helping you at the beginning of the game. The AWB, Vixens, The Wild Cats and The Public Chaos will respect your circuit racing until you have the privilege to race in their area.
Unpublished Acclaim Entertainment version
Juiced was originally intended to be published by Acclaim Entertainment, and released for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC in late 2004. However, the game was caught up in Acclaim’s bankruptcy issues and never released by them. Game magazines around the world wrote reviews on nearly-finished copies of the game. It was then picked up by THQ and published in 2005.
Gameplay and features
The player can select a variety of visual and performance modifications. These customization options provide a personalized and unique car to suit the player’s needs. The gameplay includes career, sprint, race, solo, and cruise modes, as well as a new show-off mode in which tricks keep the crowd entertained.
The original version of Juiced affords 6 game modes:
- Career – this is the main point of the game – to race so you can clock the game
- Sprint – this mode is a drag racing mode with 3 rounds - the best in all of 3 rounds wins
- Race – this mode is simply to race around the track with 6 other AI-driven cars, and beat them
- Point-to-Point – this mode is the A to B race
- Cruise – this mode is where you drive around a selected track, with no time limits or lap counts
- Show-off – in this mode you drive around the track and perform tricks such as a "burnouts", 360-degree "doughnuts" and so on, to keep the crowd entertained.
Acclaim’s bankruptcy issues
During the development of Juiced, Acclaim was caught up in financial issues and eventually filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy before Juiced was set for release in late 2004. It was picked up by THQ and further delayed as Juice Games was forced to change the game.
Copies of the game and promotional items
After Acclaim went bankrupt, they held an auction. Most of the promotional posters were destroyed, but a number of them made it out and were sold along with a few other items. The promotional posters are highly coveted around the world today; a set of them was seen on Ebay America in early February 2007. Copies of the game can be pirated, but no originals are known to exist.
There has been controversy over an advertisement made to promote Juiced, depicting a horrified woman being magically stripped by two men. The ad has been called offensive, described as objectifying women, and the events depicted in the ad have been described as sexual assault.