Vanishing Point (video game)

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Vanishing Point
Vanishing Point US Dreamcast cover art.jpg
North American Dreamcast cover art
Developer(s) Clockwork Games
Publisher(s) Acclaim Entertainment
Platform(s) PlayStation, Dreamcast
Release date(s) Dreamcast
  • NA December 21, 2000
  • EU March 9, 2001
PlayStation
  • NA February 5, 2001
  • EU March 9, 2001
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single player
Distribution CD-ROM, GD-ROM

Vanishing Point is a console based racing game released on the Dreamcast and the PlayStation. It was developed by Clockwork Games and published by Acclaim.

Gameplay[edit]

The game is provided with peculiar car physics, which can be experienced through various game modes, tracks and Cars. In the main game mode, Tournament, there is a Heat 1 (2 Stages / 2 laps), Heat 2 (3 Stages / 2 laps) and Heat 3 (3 Stages / 3 laps) championship for each main vehicle. In each race of a championship, there is a time to beat and the other vehicles in the track are just traffic to avoid. Winning championships unlocks not only the next ones (Heat 1 unlocks Heat 2 and Heat 2 unlocks Heat 3) but also game features, such as cars, game modes and racing options. Starting with Ford Explorer and Ford Mustand Cobra, the player will then conquer almost all the game content through these championships. In another game mode, Single Race, the player can unlock the 8 main tracks, in their 4 different versions (Forward, Reverse, Mirrored FWD and Mirrored REV), by simply winning a race with a random car.

Development[edit]

Vanishing Point was first announced at the European Computer Trade Show, being self-funded by Clockwork Games until Acclaim licensed the game.[1]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (DC) 80.43%[2]
(PS) 66.15%[3]
Metacritic (DC) 80/100[4]
(PS) 68/100[5]
Review scores
Publication Score
GameSpot (DS) 8.1/10[6]
(PS) 7.4/10[7]
IGN (DS) 8.6/10[8]
(PS) 4.5/10[9]

Vanishing Point received mixed to positive reviews. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the Dreamcast version 80.43% based on 22 reviews and 80/100 based on 16 reviews[2][4] and the Playstation version 66.15% based on 20 reviews and 68/100 based on 11 reviews.[3][5] IGN gave the Dreamcast version an 8.6/10,[8] while GameSpot gave it an 8.1/10.[6] They also gave the PlayStation version a 7.4/10.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mielke, James (2000-01-19). "Vanishing Point Preview - GameSpot". GameSpot. Archived from the original on 2014-10-29. Retrieved 2014-10-29. 
  2. ^ a b "Vanishing Point for Dreamcast - GameRankings". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2014-10-27. 
  3. ^ a b "Vanishing Point for PlayStation - GameRankings". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2014-10-27. 
  4. ^ a b "Vanishing Point for Dreamcast Reviews - Metacritic". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2014-10-27. 
  5. ^ a b "Vanishing Point for Playstation Reviews - Metacritic". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2014-10-27. 
  6. ^ a b Provo, Frank (2001-01-04). "Vanishing Point Review - GameSpot". GameSpot. Archived from the original on 2014-11-02. Retrieved 2014-10-11. 
  7. ^ a b Provo, Frank (2001-02-23). "Vanishing Point Review - GameSpot". GameSpot. Archived from the original on 2014-11-02. Retrieved 2014-10-11. 
  8. ^ a b IGN Staff (2000-12-20). "Vanishing Point - IGN". IGN. Archived from the original on 2014-10-16. Retrieved 2014-10-11. 
  9. ^ Perry, Doug (2001-03-05). "Vanishing Point - IGN". IGN. Archived from the original on 2014-11-02. Retrieved 2014-11-02. 

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