Plot: What’s it about?
Daytona USA has arrived on the Live Arcade. The iconic arcade racer even been given a new coat of paint, but can it still provide adequate thrills on the track? It turns out that Daytona USA is still a ton of fun. While this was a massive arcade smash, Daytona USA requires a little more finesse than most racing games. While not a simulation style racer either, the game does need more of a subtle control approach. You can fine tune your turns with just slight pressure, so learn that sometimes less is more and your crashes will be less frequent. The mastery of the controls is really what drives Daytona USA, as trying to shave a few seconds off your best runs can become an addiction. If you want to climb those leaderboards, get used to the controls and learn to make the most of the tracks.
In addition to the classic arcade mode, Sega has given us some additional content to explore. We all love Daytona USA’s music, so the karaoke mode is of course awesome. If driving to the beat isn’t in your wheelhouse, then give the survival mode a spin. This tasks you to manage your car’s health if you want to snag the checkered flag. You can also check out time trials and challenges, some of which will test your skills to the limit. Given that the arcade mode doesn’t offer a lot of tracks, these additions really ramp up the replay value. But the best new inclusion is on-line play, as now you can engage in up to 8 player races to prove who really has the need for speed. I had a lot of fun with this and this is probably where the bulk of players will spend the most time. Time trials are fun, but leaving other players in the dust is even better. Daytona USA has stood the test of time and thanks to these new additions, earns a high recommendation.
Video: How does it look?
While a nice update has been given to the visuals, this is still a 90s arcade game. In other words, it looks dated, but that isn’t always bad. The visuals here are iconic, so if the game lost all of that retro feel, fans would be let down. So the new shine is nice, but the original texture of Daytona USA remains intact. No one is going to be stunned by the visuals, for better or worse, but the game has held up and still looks quite cool.
Audio: How does it sound?
Now this is where Daytona USA shines. The music and voice overs bring a flood of arcade memories back, as this game’s audio was a soundtrack to most arcades. The music still sounds awesome and is as upbeat as ever, while the voice work is intact and as inspiring as ever. The audio here isn’t going to make you feel like you’re on the track per se, but it will make you feel like you’re in an arcade, which is even better.
Supplements: What are the extras?