Juiced (video game)
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Cover art featuring Mazda RX-8
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Juiced is a racing video game by British studio Juice Games for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, and mobile phone. The game was delayed for release in 2004 because its original publisher, Acclaim, went bankrupt. Juice Games and Fund 4 Games retained ownership of the property and sold the game to THQ, who funded the project for a further six months of improvements. In early 2006, British software publisher Focus Multimedia re-released the PC version of Juiced at a new budget price as part of its "Essential" games series. The game offers different modes including career and arcade that present the player with challenges of increasing difficulty. The player can customize the car to suit their style and unlock new ones in arcade mode. The game features nitrous boosts, similar to that of other racing games. Juiced went to number one in the United Kingdom MCV sales charts and its first version sold 2.5 million units.
There are four different racing types:
- Circuit (classic race to finish line in a closed track with a certain number of laps)
- Point-to-point (classic race to the finish line in a track from point A to point B)
- Sprint (drag race, speed race in a straight line (or mostly) in which automatic transmission is disabled by the game so the player must change from gear to gear manually)
- Showoff (timed event in which the player must do stunts in order to score points; the game includes a bunch of tutorial videos for these events, offered right before entering the car selection menu for the Showoff event and also available in Main Menu > Extras)
There are not only races in which every racer is a rival, but also crew races comprising two racers from one crew (2 vs 2 vs 2, as well as 2 vs 2), as well as composed of three members of the same crew (3 vs 3). In these races, all of the racers of one same crew must cross the line before any other crew does to win the race.
In the Career mode, if the player achieves a minimum of 600 of respect (explained below) with a certain rival crew, they can participate in Pink Slip races (Sprint, Point-to-point or Circuit races in which both racers bet their cars).
The Custom Race mode features an Alone mode as well so the player can race any circuit with no racers, no time limit and no laps count.
There are eight crews in the game. If a bet is made for the first time with a certain crew, the phone contact of their leader will show up in the player's mobile phone. This is crucial in the game since the crews have a selection of three challenges only accessible through the mobile phone, which are necessary to complete the Career mode.
Each crew takes into account a certain achievement or failure from the player in order to increase or decrease their respect for them:
- Urban Maulerz (led by T.K.) considers the wins and losses of the player in Circuit and Point-to-point races. The further away from the nearest rival in the race, the more respect acquired or lost.
- A.W.B. (led by Biggi Mombassa) considers the wins and losses of the player in Sprint races. The further away from the nearest rival in the race, the more respect acquired or lost.
- Vixens (led by Sue Yen) considers the number of points achieved in Showoff events by doing stunts, from a certain score target. The more points the player gets, the more respect is acquired; if the number of points achieved doesn't reach the score target, respect will be lost.
- The Wild Cats (led by Maria) considers the wins and losses of the player in crew races.
- Omega Tau (led by Jack Walker) considers the value of the most expensive car owned by the player.
- Public Chaos (led by Melody) considers the value of the whole collection of cars owned by the player.
- The Lordz (led by Poppa Zee) considers the wins and losses of the bets made in races; the riskier the bet according to the quantity of money the player has, the more respect acquired or lost.
- Legion (led by Carlos Carillos) considers the wins and losses of Pink Slip races; the harder the rival, the more respect acquired or lost.
Also, there are four respect targets for all teams that allow the player to do the following:
- From 100 of respect, the player will be allowed to witness races that take place in the crew's territory, as well as bet for a racer in them.
- From 300 of respect, the player will be allowed to run in races that take place in the crew's territory.
- From 600 of respect, the player will be accepted in pink slip races against the leader of the crew.
- From 1000 of respect, the player will be allowed to host their own events that take place in the crew's territory.
100% game completion
If all of the eight crews have a respect score of 1500 or higher and the player achieves to complete all of their challenges, the game will be 100% complete, prototype parts will be permanently unlocked for all cars and a bonus series will be unhidden and unlocked in the Arcade mode.
Juiced was originally intended to be published by Acclaim Entertainment, and released for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC in late 2004. However, the game was caught up in Acclaim’s bankruptcy issues and never released by them. Game magazines around the world wrote reviews on nearly finished copies of the game. It was then picked up by THQ and published in 2005. During the development of Juiced, Acclaim filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy before Juiced was set for release in late 2004. It was picked up by THQ and further delayed as Juice Games was given more development time to refine the game.
Right before the bankruptcy issues by Acclaim, Lisa Mason of Game Informer gave the beta version of the game a score of 5.75 out of 10 in its October 2004 issue, stating that it "falls to the lower end of the goodness scale. [...] Depending on what I am doing, I yearn for any of the more-polished (and more playable) racing titles that it tries to emulate. Juiced's particular mix of sim and arcade racing is best summed up as a failed experiment." After the THQ acquirement and redevelopment of the game, however, Mason raised the rating to 7 out of 10 in her Second Opinion in the magazine's July 2005 issue, calling it "an exponentially better game than it was when I reviewed it many months ago. Does that mean that it's a super awesome, edge of your seat thrill ride? Not so much, but it does have its charms and is a nicely varied street racer." Matthew Kato of the same publisher agreed, giving the game a better score of 7.5 out of 10 and saying that it "certainly has the makings of an average street racer, with lots of customizables and affected street appeal."
The Times gave the game four stars out of five and stated, "The gameplay is varied enough to maintain interest, and its clutch of quirky distractions adds to the experience. After all its development setbacks, it's definitely worth a spin." The Sydney Morning Herald gave the PS2 version four-and-a-half stars out of five and said that it was "instantly approachable". However, Playboy gave the same version 70%; likewise, Detroit Free Press gave the similar version two stars out of four, criticizing the costly upgrades, but praising the musical selection that "features a nice mix of techno, rock and hip-hop." In Japan, Famitsu gave the same console version a score of one eight and three sevens for a total of 29 out of 40. James Farley regularly mentions Juiced on weekly podcast The Computer Game Show (Episodes 43, 44, 47, 52, 63, 64, 65, 66, 69, 98, 99, 101, 111 and 113, as of October 2018).
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