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Scud Race
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Model 3 Step 1.5
Genre: Racing































Number of players: 1-4
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade
JP
1996 ¥?  ?
Arcade
US
199x $?  ?
Arcade
EU
1997 £?  ?
Arcade
AU
199x $?  ?



Scud Race, known as Sega Super GT in North America, is a racing game developed by Sega AM2 for Sega Model 3 Step 1.5 hardware in late 1996. Its working title was simply Supercar, though European flyers suggest that at one point the Scud Race name wasn't deemed final either. "Scud" stands for "Sport Car Ultimate Drive".

Scud Race is a spiritual sequel to Daytona USA with very similar controls, HUD and visual style, exchanging NASCAR-style stock cars for GT supercars. The core engine powering the game does not differ significantly from Daytona USA due to supposed time restraints - major improvements would not be seen in that area until Daytona USA 2: Battle on the Edge. The game was released to demonstrate the capabilities of the Model 3 hardware, containing many bright, colourful and detailed stages rendered at fast speeds while retaining a 60FPS refresh rate.

Gameplay

Scud Race follows the same basic gameplay rules as Daytona USA, as both games share the same game engine. It it is a racing game in which the player competes against several dozen computer controlled cars in an attempt to finish first. As an "arcade style" racer, much of the "realism" is taken out of the equation in order to provide the user with a fast paced, entertaining experience - cars do not handle like they would in reality, but rather how users would want these cars to handle.

Like Daytona USA, Scud Race is based on a real life racing event - the BPR Global GT Series, being sponsored by the BPR Organization. It also features four real-life cars - the Porsche 911 GT2, the Ferrari F40 GTE, the Dodge Viper GTS-R and the McLaren F1 GTR, all of whom could be spotted in the 1995 season. Renault Alpine GTA/A610s are also featured, but are driven by the computer and cannot be selected by the player.

One of the only major changes of Scud Race is the drifting system, as players can now accelerate while drifting.

Cars

ScudRace Porsche Icon.png Porsche 911 GT2, "Easy Driving"
Top speed: 337km/h (AT), 344km/h (MT)

The Porsche 911 GT2 (based on the Porsche 993 and considered to have been a lower class vhicle in the BPR) is the easy option in Scud Race, being the simplest and safest car of the four to drive. It is, however, the slowest, and so is mainly aimed at beginners.

ScudRace Ferrari Icon.png Ferrari F40 GTE, "Normal Driving"
Top speed: 349km/h (AT), 359 km/h (MT)

The Ferrari F40, a relatively successful car in the BPR, is a little quicker and therefore a little harder to control in Scud Race, but is generally the more balanced option.

As Sega AM2's head Yu Suzuki was a fan of Ferraris, the Ferrari F40 has appeared in multiple Sega games, usually related to the OutRun series (though in its non-GT red colour scheme). It was seen in Turbo OutRun, Battle OutRun, OutRun Europa and OutRun 2.

ScudRace Dodge Icon.png Dodge Viper GTS-R, "High Torque"
Top speed: 338km/h (AT), 349km/h (MT)

Though a bit slower than the F40, the Dodge Viper GTS-R is an easier car to control and very good with corners.

ScudRace McLaren Icon.png McLaren F1 GTR, "High Speed"
Top speed: 355km/h (AT), 369km/h (MT)

At the time, the McLaren F1 GTR was the fastest road car available to the general public and the winner of the BPR, so it makes sense that it is also the fasest in Scud Race. However, the speed comes at a cost - the car is much more difficult to control than the others.

Tracks

According to promotional material, every track in Scud Race is located in the fictional world of "Versus City", potentially named after one of Sega's multi-purpose arcade cabinets available at the time.

ScudRace BeginnerDay.png Beginner (Day)/Dolphin Tunnel
Fast-paced race through the international marine exposition at Versus City.

Beginner (Day), also known as Dolphin Tunnel, is the easiest of the four tracks in Scud Race, and the most iconic. It is a simple track which takes place across a modern city. Much of this track actually takes place underwater - there is a pair of tunnels with glass frames (collectively known as "Dolphin Tunnel") which travel beneath a river.

There is also a tower preceding a bridge with a rotating Sega Saturn logo, as well as a poster showing Sonic the Hedgehog and Miles "Tails" Prower driving what seems to be a Ferrari F40.

ScudRace BeginnerNight.png Beginner (Night)/Twilight Airport
Night driving through the Versus City raceway at speeds of 330km/hour!

Beginner (Night), also known as Twilight Airport, is also an easy track. This one takes place around an airport. The two beginner stages have rolling starts, similar to Daytona USA.

ScudRace Medium.png Medum/Mystic Ruins
Fiery race through ancient ruins located in the mountains of Versus City.

Medium, also known as Mystery Ruins, is a more challenging track which requires more use of the drift mechanic. It is set in an Aztec ruin-esque mountainous region with several foggy segments. There are only 30 racers on this track by default and there are only three laps.

ScudRace Expert.png Expert/Classic Castle
The traditional race held in the hills of Versus City, where player drivers through detailed castle scenes and in a colliseum.

Expert, also known as Classic Castle, is the hardest track in the game and has a European setting, complete with French and Spanish imagery. The majority of the track's turns and locations are named after signs of the zodiac.

Only 20 racers are on this track at any given time, with three laps given to try and overtake them all.

History

Sequels and re-releases

Scud Race was due to be ported to the Sega Saturn, though the vast differences in hardware capabilities meant development moved over to the Sega Dreamcast (similar to Virtua Fighter 3). The Dreamcast, however, elements of Scud Race were only used to woo developers, and was also seen on invite after the Sega New Challenge Conference. A full conversion was ruled out very early on, as Sega wanted to avoid a reputation of only offering arcade ports to Dreamcast customers[1]. Some Dreamcast development kits have sections of Scud Race built in for example purposes.

Unlike Daytona USA, the BPR Global GT Series no longer exists as a sport (and in fact, was discontiuned in 1997 - a year after Scud Race's release), and so may explain why Scud Race was never brought to home consoles. GT racing games (such as Sega GT and its sequels) would stil lbe released by the company in the years that follow, but none follow the "arcade style" gameplay seen here.

Despite seeing no console release of its own, the four tracks in Scud Race appear in the Xbox port of OutRun 2, complete with original music. An updated version of the game, Scud Race Plus and an official soundtrack would be released in Japan.

Production credits

Magazine articles

Main article: Scud Race/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Artwork

Photo gallery

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
88 №52, p52
Arcade
88
Based on
1 review

Model 3, US (deluxe)
Model 3, US (twin)
ScudRace Model3 Manual Twin.pdf
Manual
Model 3, JP (deluxe)
Model 3, JP (twin)
Model 3, AU (deluxe)
Model 3, AU (twin)
Model 3, UK (deluxe)
Model 3, UK (twin)
ScudRace Model3 Manual Twin.pdf
Manual

External links

References

  1. File:Edge UK 054.pdf, page 12
  2. http://www.ysnet-inc.jp/#portfolio