Street Racing Syndicate
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Street Racing Syndicate is a multi-platform racing video game developed by Eutechnyx, and published by Namco on August 31, 2004 for the PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox and Windows-based personal computers.
Why It Rocks
- 50 licensed tuner cars from Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota and Volkswagen.
- Decent amount of customization from various real-world customization brands like VeilSide, C-West, BBS Kraftfahrzeugtechnik, RAYS Engineering, HKS, Borla, even the iconic C-West Skyline bodykit from 2 Fast 2 Furious is featured in the game.
- Challenging campaign where you get to beat several racing crews.
- Doing the Arcade races lets you get a pre-tuned Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII (CT9A), Mazda RX-7 Type R Bathurst (FD3S), Mazda RX-8 Mazdaspeed (SE3P) or Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT-Apex (AE86) as a good starter car.
- The specs are accurate, and the engines are well-modelled.
- Sanctioned events can be entered without spending any in-game cash, making them a good way to farm in-game money.
- The yellow Nissan Skyline GT-R M-Spec Nür (R34) is an iconic car in racing games with its unique red samurai vinyl and the C-West body kit, in which it is prominently featured in the game, being playable any time in Quick Race/Arcade Mode, used in the prologue race, and ownable in Career Mode after completing all defeating all CPU Crews.
- No vehicles from Honda/Acura and other brands.
- However, a screenshot from the 3DO version (before they went bankrupt and Namco picking up the game) shows that the brand was supposed to be in game, until they were cut due to licensing issues.
- Damaging your car can be somewhat punishing, as you have to spend in-game cash to repair your car. Even worse, adding a body kit increases its cost.
- Most of the 50 cars are just alternate trim levels, such as the Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34) having its base 1999 variant, its original V-Spec variant, the V-Spec II and M-Spec variants, and both of their Nür variations.
- The Game Boy Advance port is terrible.