MRC: Multi-Racing Championship
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Multi-Racing Championship (マルチレーシングチャンピオンシップ), or simply MRC, is racing video game developed by Genki and released for the Nintendo 64 in 1997. It was published in North America and Europe by Ocean and in Japan by Imagineer. The game is compatible with the Controller Pak and the Rumble Pak.
In Championship mode, the player competes against nine computer-controlled racers. Finishing first advances the game. In Time Trial mode, players try to finish a course in as short a time as possible. Ghost car is included so the player can compete against the best time recorded. Free Run mode lets the player drive freely without other opponents or time limit. The VS Race mode lets two players compete against each other. The unlockable Match Race option pits the player against a hidden computer opponent in a night-time race. Weather effects like rain, fog and snow are included.
MRC features ten cars, which are divided into two groups: road cars and off-road vehicles. There are seven different areas for car customization: tires, brakes, suspension, steering, transmission, gear ratio, and aerodynamics. MRC includes three tracks: Sea Side, Mountain, and Downtown. The courses have multiple paths and mirror images can be unlocked.
Multi-Racing Championship received mixed reviews from critics. GameSpot praised the music and the sound effects but noted that the game has average graphics and poor controls, concluding that "MRC doesn't move fast enough to give the illusion of speed, making gameplay dull." In contrast, Matt Casamassina of IGN credited the game's tight controls and the "good but not great" graphics. He considered the customization option the best element of the game, but found the track selection to be the weakest aspect. Ultimately, the reviewer described MRC as "a perfectly average racer." Edge highlighted the realistic handling of the cars, which varies depending on the road surface material. The magazine criticized the game's short length, but admitted that the two-player mode gaves the game some longetivity.
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