Wednesday 9 March 2022

Riding Hero (Neo Geo AES / MVS review)

Developer: SNK
Publisher: SNK
Released: 1990

Riding Hero is a racing game and the first SNK home console release to include versus LAN play.

+ Great sense of speed (especially when turbo is activated) and the controls are responsive.

+ RPG mode where you earn money and attempt to upgrade your bike is innovative.

- However, the above mode has too much dialogue and introduces bothersome cars that drive in the middle of the road!

- Considering you're against the clock in Grand Prix mode, it takes an age for your bike to reposition itself after a crash.

- Collision detection is awful and you'll pinball into opponents far too often while losing precious seconds.

- You always take the brunt of crashes even if it's the CPU's fault, and they often enter the screen to bash you with no warning.

- Enemy A.I. features severe rubber banding and watching the CPU speed up/down on a dime breaks any immersion.

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