I'm not exactly sure where the Kart Racing genre ends and RC Racing begins. Maybe it's got something to do with having wacky characters versus wacky cars. RC Revenge Pro
is low on characters, but makes up for it with silly cars, trucks and boats. Yes, there are boats. Recent takes on RC Racing have been quite different. RC de Go
, f'rinstance, took the top-down approach and showed almost all the track at once. RC Revenge Pro
is more traditional, but gives away the RC angle by scaling everything up around the cars, making for a 'Honey I Shrunk the Car' type of action.
If the track editor that comes with this game were the only thing available, RC Revenge Pro would still be worth a rental. I found the limit on how much track you can lay down irritating and artificial - let me decide if I want to fill up a memory card! - but not so bad that Track Editor Mode isn't a complete blast. 2-Player split-screen on any single track is fun, but as in most racers, Championship Mode is where you'll find The Beef. With 6 stages (not including Track Editor) and mirrored, reverse and mirrored-reverse tracks, there's so much driving here it's silly. Championship Mode takes a scheduled course through each of the stages, but features different variations on tracks to avoid boredom. After opening up a track, Single Race Mode or Time Trial lets you go back and find all the many shortcuts, opening up even more secret options in the game.
This is a 'no-rules' game with not much concern for anything but a tight power slide and good choice of weapons, and it also has a sense of humor that makes anything possible. Cars drive through warp-gates and morph into boats; UFOs, Dump Trucks and Tanks becomes playable; tornadoes, milk puddles and scampering rats block your path; and I can't even begin to describe all the funny, weird stuff going on throughout any single level. Again, well worth a rental.