JP: June 24, 1999 NA: September 9, 1999 EU: October 14, 1999
Genki (Japan) Crave Entertainment (NA/EU)
Tokyo Xtreme Racer 2|Tokyo Xtreme Racer 2
Shutokou Battle (首都高バトル), also known as Tokyo Xtreme Racer in North America or Tokyo Highway Challenge in Europe, is a 1999 racing game developed and published by Genki (Japan) and Crave Entertainment (North America and Europe).
Why It Rocks
Introduces the "Quest Mode", which allows you to earn money by defeating rivals, unlock new cars as well modifying your ride.
Decent graphics that are comparable to the first two Gran Turismo titles.
It tries its best to provide a "Simcade" experience taking place on the Shuto Expressway.
Nineteen cars to drive, which are based on their real-life counterparts, including unique variants driven by bosses.
141 rivals to race against, with several teams such as "Rolling Guy", "Speed Master" and "Wind Stars".
A good amount of customization such as "aero parts" depending on each car.
A good soundtrack.
The last two members of "The 4 Devils", Zero and ???/Unknown serve as a homage to Tatsuya Shima and Akio Asakura from Wangan Midnight franchise. Also, if you beat 100 rivals in "Quick Race" mode, you'll unlock the Nissan/Datsun 240Z based off from the iconic "Devil Z" (悪魔のZ Akuma No Zetto).
The handling model didn't age very well, as all cars tend to suffer from understeer even when messing around with settings or with upgrades.
The plot is a bit weak, which is excusable due to the fact that it's the first installment in the franchise.
The game only takes place in the Inner Circular Route AKA Route C1, presumably due to Dreamcast's limitations at the time.
Some cars like the Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX are exclusive to NTSC-U and PAL releases. Not to mention that certain ones like the Honda S2000 can only have its color changed and performance upgrades installed, with no visual upgrades available.