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Pole Position - December 17, '00 by D@Z
Game:Pole PositionCompany:Namco
Type:RacingPlayers:3

This game brings backs so many memories to me,when I first walked in the arcades at the age of about 8 I remember seeing this game.Every time I came off it I had empty pockets and a sore bum from the seat,but well worth it.
Pole position is one of the best arcade driving games I have played.It is so addictive,I just had to go back for more to try and get to the top of the high score table.With a steering wheel and gearshift (high/low) in front of you and two pedals at your feet you are ready to burn some rubber around the 2.709 miles of the Fuji speedway.
The first lap is qualifing and there are 8 places up for grabs,you will know if you have qualified or not when you cross the finish line,you can quailify with a time of 73 seconds or better,if you carry on driving you have failed.When you do qualify you will be told what position you start the race.Starting the race its better to get to the bend first to aviod any early crashes,from then on its pedal to the metal,well until you get to the very tight left hairpin,
that caught me out the first few times I played it,it a good idea to drop down from high gear to low at this point,unless you want to hear the cool brake screeching and the car exploding as you
hit the advertizing boards,most of the other corners you can take at full speed with a bit of care to dodge the other cars.It amazes me how you can start at the front of the grid and round the next couple of bends there are cars in front of you,I think there maybe some cheating going on! Watch out for the water patches on the road,further in the race.
You have a time limit to get round each lap,as long as you have time left at the end each lap you will carry on racing but if you fail its game over.Each car you pass you get awarded 50 points and if you have any spare time left at the end of each lap you will get 200 points per second unused,at the end of each lap completed you get 45 seconds added to the time left to do the next lap.Each race is 3 or 4 laps long,depending how the arcade machine is set up.At the end of the game its time to register your name in the high score table,by turning the steering wheel to change the letters and one of the pedals to pick it.
The graphics are cool for the year and the sound is amazing,one of the best early arcade games I had the pleasure to play,really setting the standards for others to follow.It is emulated in Mame perfectly and I was so pleased to see it emulated as we will never lose it.

Handy hit: Change gear from low to high at 100mph to get maximum acceleration.
Graphics
8
9
Sound
Play Control
8
8
Challenge
Replay Value
5
9
Performance

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