Street Racing Syndicate

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Street Racing Syndicate
PAL region PS2 cover art
Developer(s) Eutechnyx
Publisher(s) Namco
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
GameCube
Xbox
Windows
Game Boy Advance
Release date(s) GameCube[1]
  • NA August 31, 2004
  • PAL March 4, 2005
PlayStation 2[2]
  • NA August 17, 2004
  • PAL May 6, 2005
Xbox[3]
  • NA August 31, 2004
  • PAL May 6, 2005
Windows[4]
  • NA January 18, 2005
  • PAL March 24, 2005
Game Boy Advance[5]
  • NA October 4, 2005
  • PAL December 16, 2005
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player

Street Racing Syndicate, often abbreviate SRS, is a multiplatform computer and video game produced by Eutechnyx, and released by Namco on August 31, 2004 for the PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox and Windows-based personal computers. The game was also released for the Game Boy Advance on October 4, 2005.

This game features an underground import racing scene, on which the player's main objective is to gain respect and affection of various females in the city. This is featured in a way that the player must win a variety of respect challenges to attract girls and maintain a good victory streak in order to ensure that they remain with the player. Once in their car, the girls will present the next open race that the player enters. As the player continues to win races, dance videos will be unlocked for viewing.

The game has 50 licensed cars from a variety of manufactures, including models from Nissan, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Lexus, Subaru, Mazda, and Volkswagen. SRS also features a car damage model that forces the player to drive carefully, heavy damages may impact car performance and heavy repairs may drain the player of money earned from their last race.

Development[edit]

SRS initially received publishing support from the 3DO Company. While the game was still in development, 3DO declared bankruptcy and auctioned off SRS along with its other assets. Namco picked up SRS for $1.5 million, compared to the $1.3 million that Ubisoft paid for the Heroes of Might and Magic franchise.[6]

Reception[edit]

The game received mixed reviews. IGN gave SRS a 7.1 out of 10.[7] The game was said to succeed in the wrong areas, namely that all the side features of the game were excellent and some even innovative, but the actual racing portion of the game was uninteresting. It was criticized for lacking a sense of speed.

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