Spirit of Speed 1937

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Spirit of Speed 1937
Spirit of Speed 1937
North American Dreamcast cover art
Developer(s) Broadsword Interactive[1]
Publisher(s) Acclaim Entertainment[1]
LJN[1]
Platform(s) Dreamcast[1]
PC
Release date(s)
  • JP April 5, 2001
  • NA July 31, 2000
  • EU June 9, 2000
[1]
Genre(s) Formula One racing[1]
Mode(s) Single-player
Multiplayer
Distribution CD-ROM

Spirit of Speed 1937 is a racing video game developed by Broadsword Interactive and published by both Acclaim Entertainment for the Dreamcast and by Microprose for PC. The game was released in North America on June 29, 2000. Spirit of Speed 1937 takes gamers back to the 1930s when motorsports were in their infancy and drivers raced for the thrill of speed, the danger, and the glamor that came with it.

Gameplay[edit]

Spirit of Speed 1937 features 15 classic vehicles, including the first twin-supercharged single-seat racer, the Alfa Romeo P3. Also featured are the twin V8 Alfa Romeo Bimotore designed by none other than Scuderia Ferrari, the Alfa Romeo 12C, the Auto Union Type C that was designed by the legendary Ferdinand Porsche, and the Auto Union Type D, a model that conformed to the Formula 1 standard of 3.0 liter supercharged or 4.5 liter non-supercharged engines.

Other cars include the Bugatti 35, Bugatti 59, Duesenberg, ERA Remus - which sported a 1500cc supercharged motor that accelerated to 60 miles per hour (97 km/h) in a little under five seconds, Mercedes Benz 125, Mercedes Benz 154, Miller, and the 24-litre Napier-Railton that hits its top speed at a terrifying 168 miles per hour (270 km/h) despite its rather hefty weight for a one-seater. Players race around nine legendary courses located in Melhalla (Libya), AVUS (Germany), Montana (U.S.A.), Roosevelt Raceway (U.S.A.), Montlhéry (France), Pau (France), Donington (England), Brooklands (England), and Monza (Italy).

Spirit of Speed 1937's modes of play are Single Race, Championship Season, and Scenario. Single Race allows players to select a car and course to race on. Championship Season is where users take part in a series of races in an attempt to win the title. Scenario is a mode that sets up a historic racing moment for the player to experience. Each mode is broken into three separate difficulties but none of them include a two-player feature. Along with the standard controller, the game also supports arcade sticks and steering wheels.

List of cars[edit]

The facts of the 15 playable cars are shown here (in alphabetic order).

Alfa Romeo P3

Top speed 140 mph (225 km/h)
Engine's displacement 3165 cc (191.1 cu in)
Engine's power 265 hp (198 kw)
Redline 5400 rpm
Weight 725 kg (1598 lbs)
Gears 4
Number 12

Alfa Romeo Bimotore

Top speed 205 mph (330 km/h)
Engines' displacement 6330 cc (386.3 cu in)*
Engines' power 540 hp (403 kw)**
Redline 5400 rpm
Weight 1030 kg (2271 lbs)
Gears 3
Number 66

NOTE: The engine's displacement and power is the combined displacement and power of 2 engines. Each engine has 3165 cc (191.1 cu in) and 270 hp (201 kw).

Alfa Romeo 12C

Top speed 150 mph (240 km/h)
Engine's displacement 4064 cc (248 cu in)
Engine's power 370 hp (276 kw)
Redline 6600 rpm
Weight 820 kg (1808 lbs)
Gears 4
Number 18

Auto Union Type C

Top speed 190 mph (305 km/h)
Engine's displacement 6000 cc (366.1 cu in)
Engine's power 520 hp (388 kw)
Redline 5000 rpm
Weight 750 kg (1653 lbs)
Gears 5
Number 1

Auto Union Type D

Top speed 170 mph (272 km/h)
Engine's displacement 3000 cc (183.1 cu in)
Engine's power 485 hp (362 kw)
Redline 7000 rpm
Weight 850 kg (1874 lbs)
Gears 5
Number 9

Bonner Special

Top speed 145 mph (232 km/h)
Engine's displacement 2384 cc (145.5 cu in)
Engine's power 200 hp (149 kw)
Redline 5800 rpm
Weight 820 kg (1808 lbs)
Gears 4
Number 10

Bugatti Type 35B

Top speed 140 mph (224 kw/h)
Engine's displacement 2300 cc (140.4 cu in)
Engine's power 120 hp (89 kw)
Redline 5100 rpm
Weight 750 kg (1653 lbs)
Gears 4
Number 7

Bugatti Type 59

Top speed 150 mph (240 km/h)
Engine's displacement 3300 cc (201.4 cu in)
Engine's power 250 hp (186 kw)
Redline 6600 rpm
Weight 750 kg (1653 lbs)
Gears 4
Number 28

Duesenberg

Top speed 150 mph (240 km/h)
Engine's displacement 4250 cc (259.4 cu in)
Engine's power 150 hp (112 kw)
Redline 5000 rpm
Weight 950 kg (2094 lbs)
Gears 4
Number 3

ERA Remus

Top speed 135 mph (215 km/h)
Engine's displacement 1500 cc (91.5 cu in)
Engine's power 166 hp (124 kw)
Redline 6500 rpm
Weight 915 kg (2017 lbs)
Gears 4
Number 22

Mercedes-Benz W125

Top speed 166 mph (265 km/h)
Engine's displacement 5660 cc (345.4 cu in)
Engine's power 646 hp (482 kw)
Redline 5800 rpm
Weight 750 kg (1653 lbs)
Gears 4
Number 16

Mercedes-Benz W154

Top speed 186 mph (297 km/h)
Engine's displacement 2962 cc (180.8 cu in)
Engine's power 483 hp (360 kw)
Redline 7800 rpm
Weight 750 kg (1653 lbs)
Gears 5
Number 15

Miller

Top speed 150 mph (240 km/h)
Engine's displacement 1478 cc (90.2 cu in)
Engine's power 230 hp (172 kw)
Redline 8000 rpm
Weight 635 kg (1400 lbs)
Gears 4
Number 2

Napier-Railton

Top speed 168 mph (270 km/h)
Engine's displacement 24000 cc (1464.6 cu in)
Engine's power 590 hp (440 kw)
Redline 2700 rpm
Weight 1000 kg (2205 lbs)
Gears 3
Number 19

Watson Flyer

Top speed 140 mph (224 km/h)
Engine's displacement 3600 cc (219.7 cu in)
Engine's power 340 hp (254 kw)
Redline 5300 rpm
Weight 770 kg (1698 lbs)
Gears 4
Number 5

List of tracks[edit]

The facts of the 9 tracks (circuits) are shown here (in alphabetic order).

AVUS

Length 11.98 miles (19.198 km)
Country Germany
Direction Anticlockwise

Brooklands

Length 2.75 miles (4.4 km)
Country England
Direction Anticlockwise

Donington

Length 3.125 miles (5 km)
Country England
Direction Clockwise

Montana (fictional)

Length 1.25 miles (2 km)
Country USA
Direction Anticlockwise

Montlhéry

Length 7.8 miles (12.48 km)
Country France
Direction Clockwise

Monza

Length 4.35 miles (6.96 km)
Country Italy
Direction Clockwise

Pau

Length 1.72 miles (2.75 km)
Country France
Direction Clockwise

Roosevelt

Length 3.97 miles (6.35 km)
Country United States
Direction Anticlockwise

Tripoli

Length 8.14 miles (13.02 km)
Country Libya (Italian Tripolitania)
Direction Clockwise

Reception[edit]

The game received overwhelmingly negative reception from critics; it received a 39.33% from GameRankings based on nine reviews.[2] IGN's Jeremy Dunham gave the game a 2.2/10 and called it "the poorest excuse for a Dreamcast game I have ever laid eyes on.", harshly criticizing nearly every aspect of the game, including the load times, course designs, control, and graphics.[3] GameSpot's Frank Provo criticized the sound effects and the visuals of the game. Giving the game a score of 1.9/10, the site named it the Worst Video Game of 2000 – the first year the award was given for console games.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Spirit of Speed 1937 for Dreamcast". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2010-08-01. 
  2. ^ "Spirit of Speed 1937 for Dreamcast". GameRankings. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  3. ^ Dunham, Jeremy (2000-07-11). "Spirit of Speed 1937 Review". IGN. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  4. ^ Provo, Frank (2000-08-15). "Spirit of Speed 1937 for Dreamcast Review for Dreamcast". GameSpot. Retrieved 2009-08-05.