The very well known NASCAR racer Jeff Gordon now
has his own driving game. Rumor has it he is a big video game
fan himself, and he has put a lot of input into the development of
Jeff Gordon's XS Racing has a great style. The cars are
detailed to perfection, and the surroundings are solid as well. One
might be hard pressed to miss the loads of advertisement pumped
into this game all around the tracks, Pepsi and 7-11 to mention a
few. It has 3dfx support, and uses it wonderfully, a lot of people
compare these graphics to those seen in DeathKarz. Its graphics
flowed nicely and was the one thing that made this game worth its
The sound in Jeff Gordon's XS Racing was very realistic,
and was already setup and ready to go with autodetect on. The
speech was done by Jeff Gordon himself, all it contains are some
witty comments to bring out the competitor in you, and who
wouldn’t want to leave Gordon in the dust after some trash
talking? The sound effects here also were pure and added great
enjoyment to the game.
The one thing this game lacks is gameplay. There is
nothing to do but race around, lap after lap, trying to out race
other cars. Now I know what your thinking, well it is a racing
game. However it holds no challenge as there is nothing to it.
There is no driving skill to master in this one, all of the cars have
automatic, and this game just needs something else to it. Even
when cars got damaged they just morphed back. No pitstops,
weapons, or explosions. The controls on this game was a sinch,
leaving all the driving to basic turning, and dull boring laps.
This games seems as if it would have been fun to play a
friend in, however the game was suppost to include multiplayer
over the Internet or over a local area network (LAN). I myself did
not find any option to access this form of gameplay, and was quite
disappointed that they decided to leave it out. The game was just
to easy, and has been done to death already by other companies.
It is mostly just repetitive, and didn’t last long on my hard drive.
There was absolutely no replay value, it was fun for a test drive,
but I wouldnt even lease this puppy.
Jeff Gordon’s XS Racing is just another chip off the old
block. It lacked action as it just was continuous driving lap after
lap. It has some unique features, like how wings come out on the
side of the car when you are airborne, but nothing to big that sets
it outside the normal racing simulation. Looks like Mr. Gordon
should stick to what he does best. His partnership with ASC
Games turned out to be a very impressive looking game, but was
held back by its dull and repetitive gameplay.