Although the limited graphical abilities of the PlayStation hardware have forced many new games to appear dated and unimpressive when compared with the Dreamcast, PS2 and forthcoming X-Box, several titles still stand the test of time with trend-setting visual innovations and creative management on a rapidly aging system. Ducati World Racing Challenge
, however, sadly does not fall into the latter category. While there certainly have been far uglier racers out there, Ducati World
just doesn't seem to work things out for the best; blocky-looking track surroundings, lifeless model animation and absolutely ghastly sky renderings are all part of the package.
The sound and music aren't nearly as bad, though. Many of the motor noises and tire squeals could use some tweaking, but they serve the game's purpose well enough; indeed, the modern electronic soundtrack from Martin Summerville showcases as one of the game's least annoying features. Much like the Wipeout and Rollcage series games, Ducati World provides the player with an energetic accompaniment of pulsing, beat-driven tunes as the races rush on.