Speed Devils

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Speed Busters: American Highways aka Speed Devils (Dreamcast Title)
Speed Devils.jpg
North American Dreamcast cover art
Developer(s)Ubi Soft Montreal
Publisher(s)Ubi Soft
Platform(s)Windows
Dreamcast
Mobile Phone
ReleaseWindows
Dreamcast
  • NA: October 14, 1999
  • JP: November 18, 1999
Mobile
  • NA: July 3, 2003
Genre(s)Arcade Racing
Mode(s)Single player, multiplayer

Speed Devils is a series of video games developed by Ubisoft's Montreal studio for Microsoft Windows in 1998 and Dreamcast in 1999. Both Speed Busters: American Highways (also known as just Speed Busters) and Speed Devils are racing games in which the courses feature hazards such as dinosaurs rolling boulders, and UFOs in exotic locales including Louisiana, Louisiana Tornado, New York City, New York City Winter, Mexico, Nevada, Aspen Summer, Aspen Winter, Canada (Supposedly northern Quebec), Canada Light Winter, Canada Heavy Winter, Montreal Industrial, Hollywood, and Hollywood Disaster. The console version's career mode allowed a player to rise a racer through the ranks of a fictional racing league. Colorful rivals would challenge you to accomplish certain feats during races, making accompanying bets using prize money from competition. Money earned from gambling and performance is used to buy cars, upgrade them, and maintain them. There are 4 classes in the game.Each class had 4 people. Starting in Class D, they are Jack, Ms. Penny Parker, Alfanso, and Luigi. Class C has Vanessa, Blue Bullet, James, and Tex. Class B has Billy-Sue Bayou, Cora and Antonio Martinez, and Jake. The top class, Class A, has Cory, Pat, Yu and Driver X. Then you must beat Driver X, the boss of the game. The game also supports five players on one Dreamcast console.

Speed Devils Online Racing[edit]

Speed Devils Online Racing
Developer(s)Ubi Soft Montreal
Publisher(s)Ubi Soft
Platform(s)Dreamcast
Release
  • NA: December 13, 2000
  • EU: February 2, 2001
Genre(s)Arcade Racing
Mode(s)Single player, multiplayer

Sega released Speed Devils Online Racing (also known as just Speed Devils Online), an updated version of the game in 2000 for Dreamcast that added online play.[1]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
DreamcastmobilePC
AllGame2.5/5 stars[2]N/A3.5/5 stars[3]
Edge7/10[5]N/AN/A
EGM6.83/10[6]N/AN/A
Game Informer7.25/10[8]N/AN/A
Game RevolutionC+[10]N/AB+[11]
GameFan76%[7]N/AN/A
GamePro4.5/5 stars[9]N/AN/A
GameSpot8.2/10[12]6.5/10[13]7.5/10[14]
GameSpy8.5/10[15]N/AN/A
IGN7.9/10[16]N/A7.8/10[17]
PC Gamer (US)N/AN/A85%[18]
Aggregate score
GameRankings78%[19]65%[20]79%[21]

Speed Busters: American Highways and Speed Devils received fairly positive reviews. GameRankings gave it a score of 79% for the PC version,[21] 78% for the Dreamcast version,[19] and 65% for the Mobile version.[20] Game Revolution wrote a review on the Dreamcast version, saying, "At the finish line, Speed Devils is an above average racer, but not much more." The reviewer said the game had good graphics and cool cars, but suffered from poorly made tracks that leave the player wondering how they managed to drive off a cliff without noticing the cliff in front of them. The article also criticized the games two player mode for being boring and drawn out.[10]

Speed Devils Online Racing[edit]

Speed Devils Online Racing
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic76/100[22]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Game Informer7.5/10[23]
GameSpot7/10[1]
IGN7.2/10[24]

Speed Devils Online Racing received "generally favorable reviews" according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fielder, Joe (2001-01-12). "Speed Devils Online Racing Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-11-27.
  2. ^ Sutyak, Jonathan. "Speed Devils - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on 2014-11-14. Retrieved 2014-11-27.
  3. ^ Smith, Nick. "Speed Busters: American Highways - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on 2014-11-14. Retrieved 2014-11-27.
  4. ^ Goble, Gordon (May 1999). "Vehicular Abuse (Speed Busters: American Highways Review)" (PDF). Computer Gaming World (178): 161. Retrieved 2016-12-24.
  5. ^ Edge staff (November 1999). "Speed Devils". Edge (77).
  6. ^ "Speed Devils". Electronic Gaming Monthly. 1999.
  7. ^ "REVIEW for Speed Devils". GameFan. October 21, 1999.
  8. ^ McNamara, Andy; Fitzloff, Jay; Anderson, Paul (October 1999). "Speed Devils - Dreamcast". Game Informer (78). Archived from the original on 2000-12-03. Retrieved 2014-11-28.
  9. ^ Uncle Dust (1999-10-29). "Speed Devils Review for Dreamcast on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on 2005-02-08. Retrieved 2014-11-28.
  10. ^ a b Colin (November 1999). "Speed Devils Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved 2014-11-28.
  11. ^ Johnny B. (January 1999). "Speed Busters Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved 2014-11-28.
  12. ^ Fielder, Joe (1999-09-29). "Speed Devils Review (DC)". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-11-27.
  13. ^ Brown, Damon. "Speed Devils Review (Mobile)". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-11-27.
  14. ^ Dulin, Ron (1998-12-23). "Speed Busters: American Highways Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-11-27.
  15. ^ Subskin (1999-11-02). "Speed Devils". PlanetDreamcast. Archived from the original on 2009-01-23. Retrieved 2014-11-28.
  16. ^ Gantayat, Anoop (1999-11-01). "Speed Devils (DC)". IGN. Retrieved 2014-11-28.
  17. ^ Ward, Trent C. (1999-01-06). "Speed Busters: American Highways". IGN. Retrieved 2014-11-28.
  18. ^ Williamson, Colin (March 1999). "Speed Busters". PC Gamer. Archived from the original on 2000-03-03. Retrieved 2014-11-28.
  19. ^ a b "Speed Devils for Dreamcast". GameRankings. Retrieved 2014-11-27.
  20. ^ a b "Speed Devils for Mobile". GameRankings. Retrieved 2014-11-27.
  21. ^ a b "Speed Busters: American Highways for PC". GameRankings. Retrieved 2014-11-27.
  22. ^ a b "Speed Devils Online Racing for Dreamcast Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-11-27.
  23. ^ Fitzloff, Jay (January 2001). "Speed Devils Online [Racing]". Game Informer (93): 122.
  24. ^ Justice, Brandon (2001-01-03). "Speed Devils Online [Racing]". IGN. Archived from the original on 2001-01-24. Retrieved 2014-11-28.

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