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Old 07-18-2009, 09:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cruisn' USA

Cruisn' USA
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A review by Cam3ron36


Cruisn' the USA on the n64 is a highly under-appreciated game for the n64.

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Cruisn' USA was originally an arcade hit released in 94' it was such a great hit that when the n64 came out it was ported to it.
Arcade ports always worked in the past but people realised we were reaching a point in time where arcade games just weren't complex enough to be ported to the newer consoles.

Now this is fact & opinion.
Cruisn' USA was often times boxed in with n64 consoles in 97' through to 99', meaning people often tried this game because it came with the n64.
For it's time, in my opinion, I was one of those people, Christmas of 98' we got an n64 with this boxed in, it was amazing graphics, but really it wasn't complex for enough meaning they were still stuck on those old ways of not being able to turn around backwards, no split-ups in the roads, but for classic lovers such as I, it was awesome.

The two thing that captivated this game from the arcade was the adjustable difficulty, and the upgrades.
This meant, when you played a full circuit through the game with an un-upgraded car on difficulty one, you'd unlock a new color for the car, also meaning it was faster and just plain better
The same went for level 3 & 5 with each upgrade, you could get a total of 3 upgrades from the original on each car, meaning each car has 4 colors or skill levels.
The only issue with this is that it is extremely difficult but once you've played through it enough it's easy, I recently got the 2nd upgrade for the first time, it was difficult but believe it or not, getting the final upgrade is easier than the second one.
The difficulty is hard and turned most off but in this reviewers opinion, this games awesome.

There was two other Cruisn' games made for the arcade but they were direct ports with barely any alterations.
Making them outdated for their time.



Graphics:

The graphics are a separate story, like wave race, the graphics were simply amazing for their time, they were enough, again like wave race to draw attention to the n64
There really isn't much else to say, they are just great.

Sound:


There is a video of one of the songs above, they were good for their time but nothing too impressive. enjoyable, and it goes well with the game.

Replay value:

Like said in the above story, this port includes upgrades which will keep you playing and with 7 cars including the 3 bonus cars you get by holding left-c, up-c and down-c on the left 3 cars reveal a jeep, a bus and a police car. Leaving a total of 28 upgrades.
Awesome replay value.

Overall, Cruisn USA is really worth it for lovers of games like rad racer or the top gears, total this game I'd give a 9.3 out of 10. It is really worth checking out for classic racer lovers. Check it out.


Please Comment and enjoy.

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Old 07-19-2009, 01:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Cruisn' USA

I haven't played this game for years, unfortunately, but I have very fond memories of this game. The Redwood Forest level is probably my favorite(well, once I got the hang of it).

Great review, Cam!
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Old 07-19-2009, 03:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Cruisn' USA

thanks dude, I decided to make my reviews presentable... in a seperate way than just short and sweet sentences.
Edit: I edited my review as I got the arcade complextivity bit backwards.

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Old 07-19-2009, 01:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Cruisn' USA

"Crusin! the USA!"

Who could forget this awesome title?
They ruined the series with Crusin on the Wii...
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Old 07-19-2009, 01:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Cruisn' USA

theres a cruisn' on the wii, are you reffering to Cruisn' USA on the vc? the vc version is the best.
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Old 07-19-2009, 01:50 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Cruisn' USA

No they made a new Crusin recently, and it was aweful.
Effectively ending the series. I hate it when one bad game ends an awesome franchise.
Like Dino Crisis... (3 was aweful but 1+2 were classics)
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Old 07-19-2009, 01:52 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Cruisn' USA

okay, well, I think cruisn exotica already ended it.
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Re: Cruisn' USA

definitley hard, and gets boring pretty quickly too
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Re: Cruisn' USA

I use to love the arcade version. It was great that it gave you a free play if you got in first.
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I use to love the arcade version. It was great that it gave you a free play if you got in first.
The best part was I always got in first.
Making my brother pay to play while I played for free.
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The best part was I always got in first.
Making my brother pay to play while I played for free.
i know right, i played for free on this game for so long the dude that ran the arcade i was in made me leave.
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Re: Cruisn' USA

The N64 version was garbage, the arcade version was far superior. I mean in the N64 version the music was horrid as compared to the arcade, when you got first place there was no bikini chick...damn you censors! No Bill Clinton at the end of the game when you won in Washington! NOW THAT WAS BS!
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Who knows? All I know is it was a fun game. I still wish I had it.
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I liked the N64 version.
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Re: Cruisn' USA

I used to play USA but my favorite was Cruisin the World. I have alot of memories playing both games with my friends. I like the review though.
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Re: Cruisn' USA

thanks, it's one of my oldest... actually, I like to consider it my oldest review since my first few were short and explained nothing... Anyways, it aint as good as the ones I write now
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