- Track: Yamato (direct download)
- Author: [ATP]Insane
- Type: Race
- Environment: Alpine
- Length: 45 sec
- Mood: Day
- Custom content: Music (Distortion Sleep – Soilwork)
Yamato sounds Japanese. I love Japanese. Too bad the author isn’t Hayao Miyazaki, then I would be happy. The track still looks good, though. Fast action and quite challenging.
The track has a very fast design. It’s an extremely speedy track for the Alpine environment, and a single scratch can ruin your entire race (but CP respawns do work, and there are alternate routs for slower drivers, so it’s really a fool proof track). There are some very challenging jumps as well, and one in particular which gets to the point where it actually annoys me. Obviously not a good thing, but perhaps I’m not that good a driver 😛
The challenging aspects of Yamato (I just love that name!) are futher increased by various off-road sections and ice parts. Also, here there’s one particular ice-point (the one near the start) which will, at least in the begining, provide some challange, as you’ll need to aim carefully.
One thing that annoyed me though: The music sucks! Even if this was my kind of music, which it isn’t, I can’t say it suits the track. It completely ruined the previously mentioned Japanese feeling, which I had such high hopes for. Too bad, really 😦
Anyway, overall a very good design, and while the feeling of the track wasn’t what I’d hoped for, the feeling of the actual driving is awesome! Well mixed and varied, and with very good transitions.
In the author comments (at TMX), it is said that the author wanted to enhance the japanese feeling with the scenery. He succeded. Why? It’s an Alpine track. Quite hard to fail then, isn’t it 😛
No, seriously, the scenery is very good, and there’s plenty to look at. It’s the perfect combination of “natural” scenery (the track it self) and scenery blocks (buildings, trees, etc.). Nothing to complain about, really. But of course, everything can be improved.
Intro: Cool intro showing the track. Fast, nice and effective camera movements.
Outro: FX Mania! Cool FX color effects, but annoying in the long run. Perhaps lightening up a bit on them would be good. On the other hand, there are some very good camera angles, and I don’t have much to complain about there. However, you should always be careful when placing the camera at a fixed position in relation to the vehicle. It might look good using your own validation round, but in reality people drive in different lines, and not everyone will follow your trails to the exact location. Thus, scenery crashes may occur.
High speed Alpine: slightly original. The mixed design: slightly original. The style and feeling: slightly original. The overall track: not really THAT original.
Some original features, quite what you can expect (and nothing more is really needed), but nothing extremely off the limits.
Fast, challenging and interesting. Fun? Absolutely! Trying to beat the author time should keep you busy for a while, so there’s plenty of motivation on that part. For those not up to that challenge, completing the track at all (with no crahses) should be enough for a challenge.
A great and fast design with some very challenging parts. This track will keep you busy for quite some time, and if you like full-speed action and tricky jumps and corners, this sure is something for you.
MT work and scenery is very good too. Not a track for the weak hearted though…
Final Rating: 9.0 (excellent)
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