Hard Drivin'

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Hard Drivin'
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Tengen
Developer:
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Publisher(s) of original games: Atari Games
Developer(s) of original games: Atari Games
Sound driver: Tengen/Lisa Ching
Genre: Racing[1]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥5,900 (6,077)5,900e[2] T-48013
Sega Mega Drive
US
$54.9554.95[3] 301017-0150
Sega Mega Drive
EU
301017-0170
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.9934.99[5][4] 301017-0170
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
BR

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Hard Drivin' (ハードドライビン) is a 1988 arcade driving game developed by Atari Games and later ported to numerous consoles and computers including the Sega Mega Drive. The name of the game makes reference to its unfair difficult due of the bad controls.

Gameplay

As an arcade game, Hard Drivin' emphasized the use of three-dimensional polygon graphics and (relatively) realistic physics largely unseen in video games at the time, as opposed to longevity. There is only one course which is divided into two tracks; a "race" track which emphasizes speed and a "stunt" track which has the player negotiate jumps and loops. The race is timed, with players having to reach checkpoints to keep play going, and the game ends when the counter reaches zero.

The player can crash into objects and opponent cars, which in turn leads to a loss of time. Likewise if the player strays off road for too long, this is registered as a crash. Crashes are followed by third-person replay, again novel for the time. Completing the stunt track within a certain time allows the user to race against an opponent car, the "Phantom Photon".

The Mega Drive version adds nothing to the experience, instead aiming to be a direct port of the arcade version. While reasonably accurate, fewer polygons are used in-game and the frame rate is much lower (albeit not as low as seen in some other ports of the game). The draw distance is also shorter, and the move to the Mega Drive's D-Pad sees a loss of the analogue steering seen in the arcade version.

History

Legacy

One of Hard Drivin''s sequels, Race Drivin' also made it to the Sega Mega Drive in 1992. Race Drivin' includes all the content seen in Hard Drivin', but adds extra courses and vehicles.

Hard Drivin' stands as the first Mega Drive game to feature a full 3D world built with polygons.

Magazine articles

Main article: Hard Drivin'/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Hard Drivin'/Promotional material.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
78
[6]
Console XS (UK) PAL
86
[7]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
52
[8]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
35
[9]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
75
[10]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
84
[3]
The Games Machine (IT)
90
[11]
Génération 4 (FR)
88
[12]
Game Zone (UK) PAL
60
[4]
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
70
[13]
Joystick (FR)
72
[14]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
32
[15]
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
71
[16]
Mega (UK)
50
[17]
Mega Force (FR) PAL
50
[18]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
50
[19]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
65
[20]
Mean Machines (UK) NTSC-J
51
[21]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
51
[22]
Player One (FR)
69
[23]
Power Play (DE)
61
[24]
Raze (UK) NTSC
86
[25]
Sega Power (UK) NTSC
25
[26]
Sega Pro (UK)
79
[27]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
81
[28]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
86
[29]
Sega Force (UK) PAL
81
[30]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
73
[31]
Video Games (DE)
57
[32]
Sega Mega Drive
66
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Mega Drive, JP
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Mega Drive, AU

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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 3225baaf
MD5 2c1cd69c1c3ff24d5f4cb617fc0d5309
SHA-1 e15a3e704900b9736bc274bcb49d4421f4a3605b
256kB 1990-08 Cartridge (US/EU/JP)

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software_l.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-02 23:21)
  2. Beep! MegaDrive, "July 1992" (JP; 1992-06-08), page 20
  3. 3.0 3.1 GamePro, "January 1991" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 105
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Game Zone, "December 1991" (UK; 1991-11-22), page 37
  5. Mean Machines, "January 1991" (UK; 1991-01-03), page 60
  6. Beep! MegaDrive, "January 1991" (JP; 1990-12-08), page 36
  7. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 130
  8. Computer & Video Games, "February 1991" (UK; 1991-01-16), page 81
  9. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 57
  10. Famitsu, "" (JP; 199x-xx-xx), page 1
  11. The Games Machine, "Febbraio 1991" (IT; 1991-xx-xx), page 34
  12. Génération 4, "Février 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 90
  13. Hippon Super, "January 1991" (JP; 1990-12-04), page 43
  14. Joystick, "Février 1991" (FR; 1991-0x-xx), page 126
  15. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 92
  16. Mega Drive Fan, "March 1991" (JP; 1991-02-08), page 99
  17. Mega, "June 1994" (UK; 1994-05-19), page 65
  18. Mega Force, "Janvier 1992" (FR; 1992-01-15), page 94
  19. MegaTech, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-20), page 38
  20. Micromanía (segunda época), "Diciembre 1992" (ES; 1992-1x-xx), page 43
  21. Mean Machines, "January 1991" (UK; 1991-01-03), page 58
  22. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 139
  23. Player One, "Mars 1992" (FR; 1992-03-10), page 68
  24. Power Play, "4/91" (DE; 1991-03-15), page 136
  25. Raze, "March 1991" (UK; 1991-01-31), page 78
  26. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 53
  27. Sega Pro, "Christmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-12), page 47
  28. Sega Pro, "Christmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-12), page 54
  29. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 66
  30. Sega Force, "January 1992" (UK; 1991-12-12), page 72
  31. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 86
  32. Video Games, "1/91" (DE; 1991-03-27), page 88