Track Review – RollingThunder

Track: RollingThunder (Download)

Author: Micster (TMX)

Type: Race

Environment: Island

Length: 1 min

Mood: Sunset

Custom Content: None

RollingThunder

First Impression

Looks like a decent Island track with some interesting parts. The intro was good, as it actually showed the track (I’ve been unfortunate enough to come across quite a few tracks with horrible intros lately) – and I wasn’t disappointed with what I saw!

Track Design

A very nice design of the track. Mainly, the track consists of platforms and jumps from one platform to another (which are calculated and carried out nearly perfect all the time), and this might seem dull to some, but in fact, each section has it’s own unique touch, and you are always kept on the edge of the seat. And of course, as with most Island tracks, speed is not something that you’ll miss.

While Island tracks usually has wide open spaces and roads, it is always nice to see more narrow sections which you must take perfectly at high speeds. RollingThunder includes these sections, and it does make the track even more exciting. While I wouldn’t exactly call this track difficult, there are several quite challenging sections which are bound to make you crash at least once. After long considerations, I even decided to give the track the “challenging” tag.

Additionally, the design as a unique touch to it, which provides a very nice feeling while driving, although to get a better score, a bit more variety would be needed. Rating: 9.0

Scenery

The scenery isn’t perfect, but it’s detailed enough to keep you interested. Some sections are repeating themselves a bit, but in the long run, there’s enough to look at. Generally a very good scenery. Rating: 8.0

MediaTracker

Intro: Very good intro, which both includes nice special effects and still does it’s job very good (which is showing the actual track, in case you didn’t know).

In-game: Cam changed where needed.

Outro: Outros are supposed to show the replay of a race in a nice way. Special effects are cool and should be used, although don’t over-use anything. RollingThunder does manage to show the race in a nice fashion, but there are several annoying parts where camera angles and special effects are over-done. This is a minus, for an otherwise good outro.

Overall a good MT work, but with no special features (like a GPS, but then again, it’s not needed in this track) and too much special effects (like trails and over-done camera angles in the outro). The intro is the strength of this track’s MT work. Rating: 7.5

Originality

There aren’t any obvious original parts of this track, but the way the track is put together, with some interesting narrowed points, isn’t seen too often. A plus for originality there, but basically this is just a re-use (yet a very good one) of old ideas… Rating: 7.0

Fun Factor

When it comes to how fun the track is, RollingThunder has a lot to offer. In fact, it’s one of the most fun tracks I’ve played in a long time! The track isn’t difficult enough to make you extremely frustrated, yet it is challenging enough to provide great entertainment. You will be kept on the edge of your seat throughout the entire ride. The scenery is also good enough to keep the track from becoming boring in the long run, even though some of the platform sections can become quite dull after a while. Rating: 9.0

Summary

Challenging, yet not difficult. The design has been seen before, but this re-use of old ideas is done in a new and fashionable way, which keeps the track from being boring. The MT work is quite good, although some things are lacking. When it comes to how fun the track is, it’s one of the best tracks I’ve played in a long time, due to the challenging yet not impossibly frustrating sections.

A very good track, in other words, but with some fine-tuning needed.

Final Rating: 8.5 (very good)

***

Notes:

– Ratings range from 1 (bad) to 10 (perfect). 5 is average.

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5 Responses to Track Review – RollingThunder

  1. micster says:

    Thanks for the awesome review Jozii! 😀

    Although you must know, I’m not capable of doing Special effects as I can never see them for the strangest of reasons. :/

  2. JumperJack says:

    have you maybe turned off fx colors in profile > advanced?! 🙂

  3. Alselius says:

    same to me.
    No Jozii, that will probably help neither of us, at least it didn’t help me 😦

  4. Alselius says:

    Oh, sorry for double post, awesome review btw!

  5. […] RollingThunder, by Micster (reviewed here) […]

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