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 motor sports was just getting started and drivers raced for the thrill of speed, the danger, and the glamour 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 displacement =3165 cc (191.1 cu in), Engine power =265 hp (198 kw), Redline =5400 rpm, Weight =725 kg (1598 ibs), Transmission gears =4, Racing Number =12.

Alfa Romeo Bimotore

Top speed =205 mph (330 km/h), Engine displacement =2 x 3165 cc (191.1 cu in) combined =6330 cc (386.3 cu in) (because it has 2 engines), Engine power =2 x 270 hp (201 kw) combined =540 hp (403 kw) (because it has 2 engines), Redline =5400 rpm, Weight =1030 kg (2271 ibs), Transmission gears =3, Racing Number =66.

Alfa Romeo 12C

Top speed =150 mph (240 km/h), Engine displacement =4064 cc (248 cu in), Engine power =370 hp (276 kw), Redline =6600 rpm, Weight =820 kg (1808 ibs), Transmission gears =4, Racing Number =18.

Auto Union Type C

Top speed =190 mph (305 km/h), Engine displacement =6000 cc (366.1 cu in), Engine power =520 hp (388 kw), Redline =5000 rpm, Weight =750 kg (1653 ibs), Transmission gears =5, Racing Number =1.

Auto Union Type D

Top speed =170 mph (272 km/h), Engine displacement =3000 cc (183.1 cu in), Engine power =485 hp (362 kw), Redline =7000 rpm, Weight =850 kg (1874 ibs), Transmission gears =5, Racing Number =9.

Bonner Special

Top speed =145 mph (232 km/h), Engine displacement =2384 cc (145.5 cu in), Engine power =200 hp (149 kw), Redline =5800 rpm, Weight =820 kg (1808 ibs), Transmission gears =4, Racing Number =10.

Bugatti Type 35B

Top speed =140 mph (224 km/h), Engine displacement =2300 cc (140.4 cu in) Engine power =120 hp (89 kw), Redline =5100 rpm, Weight =750 kg (1653 ibs), Transmission gears =4, Racing Number =7.

Bugatti Type 59

Top speed =150 mph (240 km/h), Engine displacement =3300 cc (201.4 cu in), Engine power =250 hp (186 kw), Redline =6600 rpm, Weight =750 kg (1653 ibs), Transmission gears =4, Racing Number =28.

Duesenberg

Top speed =150 mph (240 km/h), Engine displacement =4250 cc (259.4 cu in), Engine power =150 hp (112 kw), Redline =5000 rpm, Weight =950 kg (2094 ibs), Transmission gears =4, Racing Number =3.

ERA Remus

Top speed =135 mph (215 km/h), Engine displacement =1500 cc (91.5 cu in), Engine power =166 hp (124 kw), Redline =6500 rpm, Weight =915 kg (2017 ibs), Transmission gears =4, Racing Number =22.

Mercedes-Benz W125

Top speed =166 mph (265 km/h), Engine displacement =5660 cc (345.4 cu in), Engine power =646 hp (482 kw), Redline =5800 rpm, Weight =750 kg (1653 ibs), Transmission gears =4, Racing Number =16.

Mercedes-Benz W154

Top speed =186 mph (297 km/h), Engine displacement =2962 cc (180.8 cu in), Engine power =483 hp (360 kw), Redline =7800 rpm, Weight =750 kg (1653 ibs), Transmission gears =5, Racing Number =15.

Miller

Top speed =150 mph (240 km/h), Engine displacement =1478 cc (90.2 cu in), Engine power =230 hp (172 kw), Redline =8000 rpm, Weight =635 kg (1400 ibs), Transmission gears =4, Racing Number =2.

Napier Railton

Top speed =168 mph (270 km/h), Engine displacement =24000 cc (1464.6 cu in), Engine power =590 hp (440 kw), Redline =2700 rpm, Weight =1000 kg (2205 ibs), Transmission gears =3, Racing Number =19.

Watson Flyer

Top speed =140 mph (224 km/h), Engine displacement =3600 cc (219.7 cu in), Engine power =340 hp (254 kw), Redline =5300 rpm, Weight =770 kg (1698 ibs), Transmission gears =4, Racing Number =5.

List of tracks[edit]

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

AVUS

Type =High Speed Oval

Length =11.98 miles (19.168 km)

Country =Germany

Direction =Anti-Clockwise (Counterclockwise)

Brooklands

Type =High Speed Circuit

Length =2.75 miles (4.4 km)

Country =England (UK)

Direction =Anti-Clockwise (Counterclockwise)

Donington

Type =Road Circuit

Length =3.125 miles (5 km)

Country =England (UK)

Direction =Clockwise

Montana (fictional)

Type =High Speed Oval

Length =1.25 miles (2 km)

Country =USA

Direction =Anti-Clockwise

Montlhéry

Type =Road and High Speed Circuit

Length =7.8 miles (12.48 km)

Country =France

Direction =Clockwise

Monza

Type =Road and High Speed Circuit

Length =4.35 miles (6.96 km)

Country =Italy

Direction =Clockwise

Pau

Type =Around the Houses (Road (Street) Circuit)

Length =1.72 miles (2.75 km)

Country =France

Direction =Clockwise

Roosevelt

Type =F1 Style Racing Track

Length =3.97 miles (6.35 km)

Country =USA

Direction =Anti-Clockwise (Counterclockwise)

Tripoli

Type =High Speed Desert Road

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.