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Cyber Speedway
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Saturn
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (20 tracks)
Peripherals supported: Arcade Racer Joystick
Genre: Racing































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,800 GS-9022
Sega Saturn
US
$69.99[1] 81205
Sega Saturn
UK
£44.99[3] MK-81205-50
Sega Saturn
FR
?F MK-81205-50
Sega Saturn
DE
DM ? MK-81205-50
Sega Saturn
ES
?Ptas MK-81205-50
Sega Saturn
BR
R$? 191636



Cyber Speedway, called Gran Chaser (グランチェイサー) in Japan, is a 1995 racing game by Nextech under contract from Sega for the Sega Saturn.

For its North American release, the soundtrack of Cyber Speedway was replaced with works by the band Bygone Dogs.

Story

War and Peace—the Cyber SpeedwayMedia:Cyberspeedway sat us manual.pdf[4]

Imagine. Sometime in the future. A universe free from wars. Civilizations developed to the extent that planets no longer need to attack and destroy each other.

Despite the intergalactic pacts and treaties that protect the universal peace, a few backward outposts continue their primitive practices.

Now two of these offenders are locked together in battle. The savage inhabitants of Kaladasia have been at war with the armed forces of another barbaric planet for so long that no one is sure why they are fighting anymore. No solution has been forthcoming.

Kaladasia's enemy: Earth. No more than a speck of mud spinning around a second-rate star in a forgotten corner of the galaxy. But, it is one of the last barriers to universal peace.

At last, there may be a solution. The leaders from uncountable planets in all the galaxies of the universe gathered to find a way to reform it's delinquent members. Cyber Speedway, they call it.

In place of the battlefield there is the cyber-race course. Instead of planes and tanks, hi-tech sleds.Armies of millions no longer need to perish. All disputes can be decided by the outcome of the race. The conflict with Kaladasia and the future of universal peace both depend on the hero that drives the winning sled. Is that hero you?

Gameplay

Modes

Story Mode: In Story Mode, you represent Earth in a series of races to determine the outcome of its conflicts with the Kaladasians and other war-mongering planets.

Free Run Mode: Free Run Mode allows you to practice on courses you encounter in the Story Mode. You can race the clock in the Time Trial, try your skill against a computer opponent in the 1P VS COM Mode, or go head-to-head against a friend in the 1P VS 2P Mode.

Sleds

There are five sleds available.

Terra: This Earth-made sled features high speed and stable steering. Its all-around performance is completed by a robust body.

Kaladasia: Produced by Earth's archenemy in the current war—this sled has the highest speed of all models available. While this gives it the edge on the straightaways, cornering is tricky.

Alcmaeon: The Alcmaeons, bound in military alliance to Earth, display their ingenuity in this sled, which is notable for it's stable cornering.

Drum: The Drums produced this sled using parts imported from their allies, the Kaladasians. It boasts high acceleration and deceleration response but lacks flat-out speed.

Cerebun: Cerebun is a neutral party in the current disputes. This sled represents the culmination of Cerebun technological expertise, with solid overall performance, notably stable cornering and powerful acceleration.

Courses

The Cyber Speedway arena spans six planets. On all except Armasatelles, there is a Standard and Advanced-level course.

Terra: The home ground for humans. This course was built as a research facility on Earth.

Glacies: A world of ice and darkness. Sled control on this course is hindered by the frozen road surface. Look out for pillars of ice.

Vastitas: Vertical land displacements call for tricky driving to counter the leaps and drops in the rock and sand. Beware of poor visibility.

Nubes: An airbound course featuring high-speed driving through clouds of thick gasses. Keep an eye out for the sharp corners and undulations in the course surface.

Evoflammas: A newly built course on which it is very difficult to make up a lead once lost. The erratic lava flow ensures that the action never cools down.

Armasatelles: This course was constructed on an artificial satellite. It is full of sharp bends and long straights. No standard level is available for this course.

Production credits

US version

Source: In-game credits
  • Visual Concept Designers: Syd Mead, Nick Pausback
  • Programmers: Hiroaki Sano, Toshio Toyota, Satoshi Ohtake, Yukihiko Tani, Hiroshi Fukuda
  • Planning & Production: Hiroaki Sano, Tetsuya Maeda
  • Assistant Producers: Seiichi Sekine, Yoshitaka Maki
  • Object Modeling & Texture Mapping: Yoshihisa Shimizu, Kazushige Nagai
  • Course Modeling & Texture Mapping: Yoshihisa Shimizu, Masahiro Sato, Munemoto Matsushima
  • Assistant Design & Texture Mapping: Kazuhiro Nagata
  • CG Movie Works: Hitoshi Masuda, Hideyuki Kikuchi
  • Special Thanks: Yayoi Onda, Toshio Yamamoto, Eiichi Kitano, Yuji Tamaya, Ryousuke Tei
  • Music Composer: Kouji Hayama
  • Character Design: Yasuhiro Suzuki
  • Executive Producer: Katsuji Aoyama
  • Computer Design By: Nextech
Supervision — SEGA Side Staff

(c) SEGA 1995 All rights reserved

Source: Manual creditsMedia:Cyberspeedway sat us manual.pdf[5]
SEGA of America
  • Producer: Dante Anderson
  • Product Manager: Sarah Mason Richmond
  • Lead Tester: Steve Bourdet
  • Assistant Leads: David Paniagua, Todd Slepian
  • Testers: Lorne Ascuncion, Tracy Johnson, Aron Drayer, Nick Katakis, Tim Turner, Stan Weaver, Mark Dawson, Sako Bezdjian, Matt Prescott, Neil Musser
  • Away Team: Dante Anderson, Steve Apour, Eric Rawlins, Max Taylor, Steve Payne
  • CD Technical: Jef Feltman, Larry Loth
  • Manual: Neil Blacknell
  • Special Thanks: James Spahn, Steve Payne, Eric Rawlins, Spencer Nilsen, Dave Albert, Mark Miller, Adam Sevillia, Joyce Takakura, John Couch, J. Tony Smith, Max Taylor, Tim Dunley, Mike Williams, Sarah Wittmer, Sega Consumer Service, Dave Grohl
'Music Credits

Going Blind, "Dayglo Blues," "Tabitha," "Call Me Crazy," "Da Jam" and "Why" composed and performed by bygone dogs. "I Will Not Take It" composed by Alvarez, Alan and Aknin.
Produced by Spencer Nilsen and bygone dogs.
Recorded by Dave Young for Sega Music Group.
bygone dogs are Joel Alvares, guitar and vocals; Time Alan, bass; and Brad Kaiser, drums.

Japanese version

Source: In-game credits
  • Visual Concept Design: Syd Mead, Nick Pausback
  • Program: Hiroaki Sano, Toshio Toyota, Satoshi Ohtake, Yuihiko Tani, Hiroshi Fukuda
  • Planning & Produce: Hiroaki Sano, Tetsuya Maeda
  • Assist Produce: Seiichi Sekine, Yoshitaka Maki
  • Object Modeling & Texture Mapping: Yoshihisa Shimizu, Kazushige Nagai
  • Course Modeling & Texture Mapping: Yoshihisa Shimizu, Masahiro Sato, Munemoto Matsushima
  • Assist Design & Texture Mapping: Kazuhiro Nagata
  • CG Movie Works: Hitoshi Masuda, Hideyuki Kikuchi
  • Special Thanks: Yayoi Onda, Toshio Yamamoto, Eiichi Kitano, Yuji Tamaya, Ryousuke Tei
  • Music Compose: Kouji Hayama
  • Character Design: Yasuhiro Suzuki
  • Clay Shaw: Mitsuaki Madono
  • Nard Morgan: Yousuke Naka
  • Dobbs: Rokuroh Naya
  • Executive Produce: Katsuji Aoyama
  • Computer Designed By: Nextech
Supervise Sega Side Staff

Track list


1. [data track] ({{{time}}})


2. KNIGHT GEAR (02:29)
Composed by: Kouji Hayama


3. ICE WALL (02:11)
Composed by: Kouji Hayama


4. SAND WILDS (02:04)
Composed by: Kouji Hayama


5. CLOUD GATE (02:34)
Composed by: Kouji Hayama


6. Volcano Heat (02:58)
Composed by: Kouji Hayama


7. Burning Heat (02:53)
Composed by: Kouji Hayama


8. Starting Grid B (00:08)
JP: スターティンググリッド・B
Composed by: Kouji Hayama


9. Gratest Driver (00:19)
Composed by: Kouji Hayama


10. You Lose (00:18)
Composed by: Kouji Hayama


11. Cyber Thread (00:28)
JP: サイバースレッド
Composed by: Kouji Hayama


12. Starting Grid A (00:07)
JP: スターティンググリッド・A
Composed by: Kouji Hayama


13. Guitarist (01:08)
Composed by: Kouji Hayama


14. Mecha Iziri ha Ore ni Makasero (02:51)
JP: メカいじりは俺に任せろ
EN: Leave the Mecha Meddling To Me!
Composed by: Kouji Hayama


15. Gimu o Seotta Otoko Tati (02:06)
JP: 義務を背負った男たち
EN: Men Burdened With Responsibility
Composed by: Kouji Hayama


16. BLACK MARKET (02:16)
Composed by: Kouji Hayama


17. Battle was Over (00:27)
Composed by: Kouji Hayama


18. Doppusu Syutugen (02:34)
JP: ドップス出現
EN: Doppusu Appears
Composed by: Kouji Hayama


19. JAZZY Station (02:12)
Composed by: Kouji Hayama


20. Communication (01:03)
JP: コミュニケーション
Composed by: Kouji Hayama


21. HAPPY END (01:43)
Composed by: Kouji Hayama
Running time: 32:49

Magazine articles

Main article: Cyber Speedway/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
52 №9, p126-129[6]
91 №45, p144/145
89 №49, p173[7]
71 №165, p46-47[8]
40 №23, p74[9]
60 №21, p79
55 №337, p32
66 №14, p60/61
74 №44, p30/31 (international)
92 №48, p44[10]
40 №2, p147[11]
59 №34, p76/77[12]
53 №39, p91[3]
79 №59, p150[13]
92 №70, p52/53
72 №48, p60/61
68 №2, p86/87[14]
47 №1995-06, p112[15]
66 №, p13Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[16]
62 №9, p72/73/74/75
64 №5, p62/63[17]
Sega Saturn
66
Based on
21 reviews

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