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May 15, 2003 - It's about time that someone made a racer starring the Corvette. With racers focusing on Porsche, Ferrari and Lamborghini, it was only a matter of time before a company put the spotlight on the most rugged, manly car of them all. Developed by Steel Monkeys for both the PS2 and Xbox, Corvette is a racing game that chronicles the entire lineage of this fantastic series of cars.

Starting from the classic cars from the 1950s and ending with the modern versions in 2003, Corvette features over 80 types of Corvettes as well as show, race and pace cars. Corvette is a combination of traditional racetrack racing with street racing over expansive and detailed highway routes. In fact, one of the courses breaks up the famous Route 66 Interstate Highway into 8 separate courses that takes you from Chicago all the way to Santa Monica. In total there will be 30 - 40 courses that you will be able to drive on when the game is finished.

As in the Need for Speed series you'll also have to worry about police offers who will be patrolling the highway in their very own Corvettes. Yeah, that's right, the police actually drive their own Corvettes for patrolling the freeways. Strange as it may sound it at least gives them a fighting chance against your souped-up muscle car, which you will be able to upgrade as you progress through the game.

Like other licensed car games there appears to be no damage to the car itself it happens to slam into a side rail or another car. However TDK is still deciding on that feature according to how it will affect the gameplay. If it makes the experience of driving your Corvette a bummer, then don't expect to see it make it into the final version.

The graphics are fairly standard, with the car positioned fairly close to the screen. Despite what you may think this doesn't really affect your vision of what's in front of you. There is quite a lot of jagginess and shimmering in the current build of the game, but expect it to be taken care of when the game is released later this year.

Sure, you may not think of TDK as a producer of AAA quality racing games, and depending on your tastes Corvette may not change your mind on that. However fans of one of the best American-made vehicles will definitely want to check this out in the fall.

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May 12, 2003 - The most masculine, curvilinear and some would say gaudy car of the 1970s was the Corvette. It no doubt had a style and shape all its own and yet despite its rather ostentatious looks, its popularity has continued to soar throughout the generations. Now, TDK has acquired the license to create a racing game based on the flashy vehicle of the '70s, and under development with Steel Monkeys for the Xbox and PS2, we will have that game this fall.

Simple named Corvette, TDK's vision for the action-racing game gives players a wide range of cars to pilot, ranging from the 1953 model all the way to the 2003 model - and ever car in between for a total of 80 models in all. The roster includes show, race and pace models.

What's interesting here is that this is an action-racing game, thus implying the game isn't just about racing. Players strap into their driving machines and head straight for Route 66, getting the chance to drive across the huge set of obstacle-filled courses from Chicago to LA. They're also given a selection of six characters to choose from, 18 official GM colors to paint their vehicle and multiple environments to ogle over.

Steel Monkeys is working overtime to get the physics right on each of the classic and more modern Corvette types, though given the Corvette's propensity for driving fast with less than ideal handling, that should result in lost of powerslides and heated, 60-FPS races. As racers progress they'll feel real car physics at work, and to reward them for winning behavior they can upgrade their engines and suspensions with new parts.

Steel Monkeys is aiming to provide an interesting mix of arcade-style driving aloing with more realistic physics to create what will hopefully be an unusually stylistic driving experience. TDK also offers a two-player split-screen mode as well.

All in all, Corvette, though simply named, sounds like it has enough power under the hood to capture our attention. Given the breadth of vehicles to choose from and the ability to upgrade one's car, there is very little else we really want, except to simply play it. We'll have more in just a few short hours.
 

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Now instead of sittin infront of my car in a lawnchair I can sit infront of my x-box in a lawnchair.
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Well Santa, I'm giving you a heads up... you know what I want for Christmas!:D
 

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I heard from my local supplier that it already launched for PC. Those of you going that route should keep a look out. It was supposed to have been shipped middle of last week.
 

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Eddie 70 said:
I ordered mine from Best Buy. I don't think it is supposed to ship anytime soon though. I have seen it available for Game Boy though.
The graphics look a bit weak. :(
 

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The makers of the game kinda missed the boat on the 50th thing. It just seems like sometimes they are just trying to sling something together just to get it out. I was afraid the graphics were gonna bite looking at the screen shots. I just hope they get the game play to where you will want to replay.

I modded a c3 stingray in GT2 so much it made the car aweful to drive. So that lost its replay for me. I had to start again on another car.
 

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Eddie 70 said:
The makers of the game kinda missed the boat on the 50th thing. It just seems like sometimes they are just trying to sling something together just to get it out. I was afraid the graphics were gonna bite looking at the screen shots. I just hope they get the game play to where you will want to replay.

I modded a c3 stingray in GT2 so much it made the car aweful to drive. So that lost its replay for me. I had to start again on another car.
A c3 stingray in GT2? Where? I have a heavily modded GS putting out 550 hp, and a Z06 putting out 800 hp.
 
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