Lentzquest, on Wed Jul 18, 2012 5:59 PM, said:
I know what you mean Gunstar. I hate this game more than almost any other that I've ever owned for any system. But I think the reason I dislike it so much (and strangely the reason I keep it and sometimes revisit it), is mostly because of the waste of potential. This game should have been good, but sadly ranks amongst the worst ever made.
Edit: That emulated vid makes the gameplay look much more managable. Maybe most of the problems of the game are all tied to framerate afterall.
The majority of the problems seem to be tied to the frame-rate, though while the frame rate boost on VJ makes it look like a steerable game, it looks like the controls are still difficult. It does look more like WTR's frame-rate/control scheme.
But, I had this game mastered at one time, with times that look more like the time from VJ, on the real thing. One thing I can tell you is that once you learn how to get around the tracks fast without crashing, you soon find out how terrible, boring, annoying and easily beatable the A.I. drone cars are, pitiful A.I. still make the game terrible gameplay-wise.
To fool myself into thinking I'm racing a competative race, I'll accelerate until just a few miles faster than the drone cars (about 140MPH), and hit the cruise-control button. that way I generally stay ahead of them, but if I do crash, they aren't so far behind that I can't be passed, then I full-throttle it until I take the lead, and return to cruise control at 140. While all this is happening, you find it's easier to steer the car at a mere 140MPH instead of full-throttle 200MPH.
There are some other tricks that help the frame-rate too, on a real Jag. Pick a foggy race (I think this works as good or better with night-time secret code), the shorter draw-distance due to the fog or rain effects improve the frame-rate about 1-2FPS. pick the cockpit view or the higher in the sky camera views as your car is drawn with less polygons and it improve the frame rate about 1-2FPS. Select only 2 or 3 drone cars to improve the frame rate another 1-2FPS. Just one or 2 drones for another 1-2FPS. With experience you can figure out which tracks actually have less polygons and give you another 1-3FPS on those tracks.
Edited by Gunstar, Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:40 PM.