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Name Virtua Racing
System Genesis - Mega Drive
Year 1994
Developer Sega
Genre Racing

Virtua Racing is a Sega Genesis/Mega Drive racing game developed by Sega AM2 and released in 1994. It is considered to be one of the earliest console-based 3D racing games. The game was designed by Yu Suzuki and used a modified version of the Model 1 arcade board, allowing it to produce graphics far more advanced than any home console at the time.

The game offers three different modes of play: Arcade, Time Attack and Grand Prix. In Arcade mode, players race against five computer-controlled opponents on one of four tracks. The goal is to finish first in each race to move onto the next track. Players can choose from three different vehicles with varying performance characteristics. Time Attack mode allows players to compete against their own best lap time on any of the four tracks, while Grand Prix mode pits players against five computer opponents in a series of races, with points awarded for finishing position in each race.

In addition to its 3D visuals, Virtua Racing also features an innovative physics engine which simulates real-world driving conditions. This includes realistic acceleration, braking and cornering dynamics based on vehicle mass, speed and handling characteristics. The game also features a variety of obstacles including ramps, jumps and water hazards which must be avoided or negotiated if players are to achieve success on the track.

Virtua Racing was well received upon release and has since become recognized as an important milestone in the development of console racing games. Its sophisticated graphics were praised by critics while its physics engine set a new benchmark for realism in console gaming at the time. Today it stands as an important part of video game history and remains an enjoyable experience for racing fans old and new alike

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Genesis - Mega Drive Racing games