BRAVO AIR RACE
Number of players: 1 or 2 players via a split screen
PSX pilots are a select and hard-core group of gamers. If a game has the
word "fly" anywhere in an ad promoting a new release, these sim pilots will
buy it. If you have an analog joystick (or as we wanna-be pilots say, a
"flightstick"), then you're probably an armchair pilot. No doubt, when you
read the promos for Bravo Air Race, you started salivating at the thought
that you'd be engaged in some exciting aerial races. After all, Bravo Air
Race was billed as " the very first 3-D air racing game". So this game
really really really looked promising. Well........................I hate to
tell you this "Ace", but this game would have made a better racer on the
There are only 4 race courses: Mountain (Easy), South City (Normal), Canyon
(Hard) and Snow Land (Hard). None of these courses are what you would find
in actual aerial races. These courses run through tunnels, cities, and
You can race as a single player, 2 players via a split screen, or race against the clock in Time Attack. After you select the type of race, you choose the course and then your aircraft. Then you're off to the race. There are options for Tracking (Automatic or Manual) and a Course Guide (On or Off).
You have 2 viewing options: either behind the plane or in the cockpit. Along
the race course there are pick-ups such as: Speed Boost, Sudden Deceleration
and 5 extra seconds. If you hit any of the "L" or "R" buttons, your plane
executes an automatic barrel roll and you gain 2 extra seconds. This is
quite helpful in the Time Attack.
The sound is good. There's even a helpful voice during the race which soon becomes irritating. The music sounds better when you turn the volume way down.
The BIG negative is - this is your, "the digital controller that came with the Playstation", type game. Bravo Air Race does not support analog controllers. Bummer! (Game designers please make a note of this) It's inexcusable that newly released games which are, or attempt to be simulations do not include analog support.
The Bottom Line: Bravo Air Race is not much fun and does not have much
depth. PSX pilots will be looking for the ejection button so they can bail
out of this one. Players with heart conditions that cannot tolerate too much
excitement can safely play this game. Rent at your own risk.
Street Price: $49.95 Password: No Memory Card: 1 Block Supports: Nothing Graphics: 8 Sound: 8 Soundtrack: 7 Learning Curve: Easy Difficulty: Moderate Controller Options: A few Manual: Fair Replay Value: Low