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

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 supposedly accurate car physics, which can be experienced through various game modes, tracks and cars. The majority of content is initially locked and is progressively unlocked as you play through the game. Stunt Mode is unique in that the player must complete short courses that involve a variety of jumps, barrel rolls, chicanes and collectable balloons against a time limit.

Game Modes[edit]

The game contains 5 different modes:

  • Tournament (race against rivals in increasingly difficulty Heats of multiple races; available only to standard cars)
    • Heat 1 (2 tracks, 2 laps, easy difficulty)
    • Heat 2 (3 tracks, 2 laps, medium difficulty)
    • Heat 3 (3 tracks, 3 laps, hard difficulty)
  • Single Race (race against rivals in a single race; standard, reverse or mirror tracks; available to all cars)
  • Time Trial (race against the clock; available to all cars)
  • Stunt Driver (test your driving skills against the clock; specific cars)
  • CWG Rally (race against the clock in multi-stage time trials; available to all cars)

Tracks[edit]

  • Red Rock Canyon
  • Newtown Expressway
  • Midnight Highway
  • Harbour View
  • Olympic Village
  • South Riviera
  • Alpine Pass
  • Forest Fields
  • 2 Player Track 1
  • 2 Player Track 2
  • 2 Player Track 3
  • 2 Player Track 4
  • Test Track

Vehicles[edit]

Vehicle Secret Vehicle
Alfa Romeo GTV 3.0 Alfa Romeo GTV 3.0
Aston Martin DB7 Aston Martin V8
Aston Martin V8 Audi TT Cabriolet
Audi TT Austin Mini
BMW 325i Dodge Viper RT/10
Dodge Viper GTS Ford Mustang Cobra R
Ford Explorer Ford Taurus
Ford Focus Ford Thunderbird
Ford Mustang Cobra Ford Windstar
Ford Ranger Lincoln Town Car
Jaguar XKR Lotus Elise 111S
Lotus Elise Mercury Sable Wagon
Lotus Esprit TVR Cerbera
Shelby Cobra Volkswagen Beetle
TVR Griffith Volkswagen Golf
Toyota Supra Volkswagen Microbus

Stunt Driver Mode[edit]

This mode is similar to Crazy Taxi's Mini-Games and Gran Turismo's License Tests. The Events in this mode can be fun, but they get increasingly difficult as you go on.

Event Vehicle (Dreamcast) Vehicle (Playstation)
The Long Jump Lotus Esprit TVR Cerbera
Twist & Turns 1 Audi TT BMW 325i
Single Criss Cross Ford Mustang Cobra Ford Ranger
Hump Back Relay BMW 325i Ford Mustang Cobra
Twist & Turns 2 Alfa Romeo GTV 3.0 Alfa Romeo GTV 3.0
Table Top Balloons Toyota Supra Aston Martin DB7
The Barrel Roll Ford Focus Shelby Cobra
Twist & Turns 3 Dodge Viper GTS Dodge Viper GTS
Balloon Stalom Lotus Elise 111S Ford Focus
Double Criss Cross TVR Cerbera Lotus Elise
Bumps 'n' Balloons Aston Martin V8 Aston Martin V8
Twist & Turns 4 Lotus Elise Toyota Supra
Barrel Roll Relay (Hump Back Relay 2 in Playstation version) Shelby Cobra Aston Martin DB7
The Balloon Bowl Ford Explorer Ford Thunderbird
Triple Criss Cross Shelby Cobra Shelby Cobra

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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