Cyber Speedway

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Cyber Speedway
System(s): Sega Saturn
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (20 tracks)
Peripherals supported: Arcade Racer Joystick
Genre: Driving[1], Racing[2]

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,8005,800 GS-9022
Sega Rating: All Ages
Sega Saturn
US
$69.9969.99[4] 81205
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Sega Saturn
EU
MK-81205-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Saturn
DE
MK-81205-50
USK: 6
Sega Saturn
PT
Sega Saturn
UK
£44.9944.99[6] MK-81205-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Saturn
PL
Sega Saturn
AU
OFLC: G
Sega Saturn
BR
191636
Tectoy: Todas as Idades

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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 Speedway

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?

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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.

Versions

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Cyber Speedway Cyber Speedway
English (US) Cyber Speedway Cyber Speedway
Japanese グランチェイサー Gran Chaser

Production credits

US version

Supervision — SEGA Side Staff
(C)Sega 1995 All rights reserved
Source:
In-game credits
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.
Source:
Manual credits[7]

Japanese version

  • Visual Concept Design: Syd Mead, Nick Pausback
  • Program: Hiroaki Sano, Toshio Toyota, Satoshi Ohtake, Yukihiko 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
Source:
In-game credits

Magazine articles

Main article: Cyber Speedway/Magazine articles.

Artwork

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
CD Consoles (FR)
52
[8]
Consoles + (FR)
91
[9]
Consoles + (FR)
89
[10]
Computer & Video Games (UK) NTSC-J
71
[11]
Edge (UK)
40
[12]
Electronic Entertainment (US) NTSC-J
50
[13]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
55
[14]
Game Players (US) NTSC-U
82
[4]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
75
[15]
Gamers (DE)
47
[16]
Games World: The Magazine (UK)
66
[17]
Hobby Consolas (ES) PAL
84
[18]
Joypad (FR) NTSC-J
74
[19]
Joypad (FR)
92
[20]
MAN!AC (DE) PAL
64
[21]
Maximum (UK)
25
[22]
Mega Force (FR) NTSC-J
80
[23]
Mega Force (FR) PAL
75
[24]
Mega Fun (DE) NTSC-J
67
[25]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) NTSC-J
59
[26]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
53
[6]
Player One (FR)
79
[27]
Saturn+ (UK) PAL
86
[28]
Sega Power (UK) NTSC-J
92
[29]
Sega Pro (UK) NTSC-J
72
[30]
Sega Saturn Magazine (UK) PAL
68
[5]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
47
[31]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
66
[32]
Total Saturn (UK) PAL
57
[33]
Ultimate Future Games (UK)
62
[34]
Última Generación (ES)
64
[35]
Video Games (DE) NTSC-J
51
[36]
VideoGames (US) NTSC-U
40
[37]
Sega Saturn
66
Based on
33 reviews

Cyber Speedway

Saturn, JP
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Cover
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Spinecard
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Disc
Saturn, US
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Cover
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Disc
Cyberspeedway sat us manual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, EU
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Cover
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Disc
Saturn, FR (Blister pack)
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Cover
Saturn, PT

Saturn, AU
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Cover
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Disc
Saturn, BR
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Cover
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Disc

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
410,732,112 CD-ROM (EU) MK-81205-50 V1.000
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
393,157,968 1995-04-23 CD-ROM (JP) GS-9022 V1.000
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
464,487,072 CD-ROM (US) 81205 V1.004
Sega Saturn
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1995-06-26 CD-R Page

Track list

1. Data track
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)
Japan 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)
Japan サイバースレッド
Composed by: Kouji Hayama
12. Starting Grid A (00:07)
Japan 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)
Japan 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)
Japan 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)
Japan 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)
Japan 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

External links

  • Sega of Japan catalogue page (Japanese): Saturn

References

  1. File:GranChaser Saturn JP Box Back.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/segasaturn/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-03-04 08:13)
  3. https://groups.google.com/g/rec.games.video.sega/c/NSR8cww3zSQ/m/GSgTD_bniDcJ
  4. 4.0 4.1 Game Players, "Vol. 8 No. 11 November 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 54
  5. 5.0 5.1 Sega Saturn Magazine, "December 1995" (UK; 1995-11-24), page 86
  6. 6.0 6.1 Mean Machines Sega, "January 1996" (UK; 1995-11-xx), page 92
  7. File:Cyberspeedway sat us manual.pdf, page 18
  8. CD Consoles, "Juillet/Août 1995" (FR; 1995-xx-xx), page 126
  9. Consoles +, "Juillet/Août 1995" (FR; 1995-0x-xx), page 144
  10. Consoles +, "Décembre 1995" (FR; 1995-1x-xx), page 173
  11. Computer & Video Games, "August 1995" (UK; 1995-07-12), page 46
  12. Edge, "August 1995" (UK; 1995-06-29), page 74
  13. Electronic Entertainment, "September 1995" (US; 1995-0x-xx), page 81
  14. Famitsu, "1995-06-02" (JP; 1995-05-19), page 1
  15. GamePro, "October 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 54
  16. Gamers, "November 1995" (DE; 1995-10-11), page 51
  17. Games World: The Magazine, "August 1995" (UK; 1995-xx-xx), page 60
  18. Hobby Consolas, "Noviembre 1995" (ES; 1995-xx-xx), page 106
  19. Joypad, "Juillet/Août 1995 (Joypad International supplement)" (FR; 1995-xx-xx), page 30
  20. Joypad, "Décembre 1995" (FR; 1995-1x-xx), page 44
  21. MAN!AC, "10/95" (DE; 1995-09-13), page 65
  22. Maximum, "November 1995" (UK; 1995-11-xx), page 147
  23. Mega Force, "Ete 1995" (FR; 1995-0x-xx), page 94
  24. Mega Force, "Décembre 1995" (FR; 1995-1x-xx), page 88
  25. Mega Fun, "09/95" (DE; 1995-08-23), page 90
  26. Mean Machines Sega, "August 1995" (UK; 1995-06-26), page 76
  27. Player One, "Décembre 1995" (FR; 1995-1x-xx), page 150
  28. Saturn+, "Christmas 1995" (UK; 1995-12-14), page 62
  29. Sega Power, "September 1995" (UK; 1995-07-20), page 52
  30. Sega Pro, "August 1995" (UK; 1995-07-13), page 60
  31. Sega Saturn Magazine, "June 1995" (JP; 1995-05-08), page 114
  32. Sega Saturn Magazine, "Readers rating final data" (JP; 2000-03), page 15
  33. Total Saturn, "Volume One Issue Four" (UK; 1996-12-29), page 18
  34. Ultimate Future Games, "August 1995" (UK; 1995-07-01), page 72
  35. Última Generación, "Julio/Agosto 1995" (ES; 1995-xx-xx), page 62
  36. Video Games, "8/95" (DE; 1995-07-26), page 63
  37. VideoGames, "November 1995" (US; 1995-10-24), page 86


Cyber Speedway

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Music: Gran Chaser (1995)

Prereleases: Prototype 1995-06-26