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  • Platform: Xbox
  • ESRB: Teen
  • Genre: Racing
  • Players: 1
  • Online: No
  • Developer: Genki
  • Publisher: Majesco
  • Suggested Retail: $49.99
  • Graphics: C+
  • Sound: C+
  • Gameplay: B
  • Replay: C-
  • Fun Factor: B+
  • Reviewer’s Wild Card: B


Straight out of a B-movie and onto your Xbox

By Troy Roberts     December 11, 2003

If you have a video game collection with a lot of older games, you realize that there wasn't really a lot to those older games. Sure, some of those old NES and SNES games may have been fun for a while, but sooner or later, the appeal just disappeared because they were too short or there was just too little there. In today's society you don't find too many games like this because complexity rules, but then newest game from Genki and Majesco, MAXIMUM CHASE, does just this. While there isn't much there, it's fun to play while it lasts.

MAXIMUM CHASE's storyline is something along the lines of a B-Movie: a LAPD detective turned traffic cop, Rick Summer, is doing his daily routines when he stumbles across Catherine Stanfield, a damsel in distress trying to avoid the mob. Being the hero that he is, Rick and Catherine embark on a series of car chases. The storyline itself plays out across live action cut-scenes, and even though the scenes themselves are horribly acted and are against a CG backdrop, it really adds to the "B-Movie" theme.

There are two different types of gameplay within MAXIMUM CHASE: driving and shooting. The type of stage alternates after every level, so one mission you'll be driving and on the next you'll be shooting. The driving stages are fairly simplistic and the mechanics are pretty easily learned; nothing like you'd find in any hardcore racing titles. Basically, your objective is to get away from whoever is tailing you. The shooting stages are pretty simple as well. You are no longer driving, but now leaning out the window taking shots at your enemies with a gun. The shooting part is fun, but it does get repetitive after a while.


A screenshot from MAXIMUM CHASE.

added feature is the replay system in MAXIMUM CHASE. After each level, you have the option of watching the replay of the mission. It's very cool because you are able to switch to between multiple angles.

Other than that, there isn't much more to MAXIMUM CHASE. You can repeat the game and play levels over again for bonus items, but there really isn't much of a reason to play it again. And that's one bad thing about MAXIMUM CHASE: the game only has 10 levels to play through and it's a 50 dollar game. Plus, the game looks dated for an Xbox game and doesn't really do much for me. The car models look okay, but the backgrounds are rather bland.

While MAXIMUM CHASE is a fairly interesting game that will take your mind off of things for a couple of hours, there really isn't much more here. If the game were a cheaper game that was retailing for $20-30, it'd be a little bit easier to recommend. If you want a simple diversion without too much thinking involved, look no further than MAXIMUM CHASE.


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