World Driver Championship
|World Driver Championship|
North American Nintendo 64 cover art
|Developer(s)||Boss Game Studios|
|Mode(s)||Single player, multiplayer|
World Driver Championship is an automobile racing video game. It was developed by Boss Game Studios and published for the Nintendo 64 by Midway Games. Released late in the N64's lifespan, it is notable for having high quality N64 graphics.
One of the last racing simulations to be released for Nintendo 64, this graphically intensive title used custom microcode optimization and high polygon count modelling. The development team was able to optimize the usage of the various processors within the N64 to allow a great draw distance (reducing the need for fog or pop-up), highly detailed texturing and models, Doppler effect MP3 audio, and advanced lighting and fog effects for realistic weather conditions. Increasingly prevalent toward the latter years of the N64's commercial lifetime, the game has a high resolution 640x480 mode that does not require the add-on N64 RAM Expansion Pak. Additionally, unlike many other games of its type on the platform, the game runs high resolution at a sufficiently playable pace, possibly due to the use of a reduced screen area letterbox mode that lessens the number of pixels needing to be displayed.
The soundtrack, composed of original rock and heavy metal tunes, was composed by musician Zack Ohren.
There are ten locations in the entire game, each with six tracks (marked "A", "B", and "C"), three of which are in reverse (marked "R" next to "A", "B", and "C"), except for the last track (Black Forest), which has only four, two of them being in reverse.
Here's the list:
- Les Gets (a mountain village located in Southeastern France)
- Las Vegas, USA
- New Zealand in Auckland
- Lisbon, Portugal
- Rome, Italy
- Sydney, Australia
- Zurich, Switzerland
- Kyoto, Japan
- Black Forest of Germany
Cars and Teams
|Compilations of multiple reviews|
The game received mixed reviews due to intense competition at the time. While WDC was an improvement in nearly every way compared to Boss's similar earlier effort, Top Gear Rally, it was up against the impressive new Gran Turismo series and other new racers. Complaints included a somewhat unconvincing driving physics model, non-licensed cars, and poor sound effects and music quality. The dislike for the physics model often stems from the beginning cars being difficult to drive and offering a "sloppy" feeling of control.
World Driver Championship Sweepstakes
The sweepstakes was to start on June 15th, 1999citation needed] If lucky, contestants would win T- Shirts, Midway games or the grand prize of $2,500. It is unknown who won the $2,500.and end on August 15th, 1999 .[