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Metropolis Street Racer
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Dreamcast
Peripherals supported: Jump Pack, Dreamcast Modem, Race Controller, Visual Memory Unit, Dreamcast VGA Box
Genre: Racing































Number of players: 1-8
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Dreamcast
US
$44.99[1] 51012
Sega Dreamcast
UK
£39.99[2] MK-51022-50
Sega Dreamcast
FR
?F MK-51022-50
Sega Dreamcast
DE
DM 99,-[3] MK-51022-50
Sega Dreamcast
ES
?Ptas MK-51022-50
Sega Dreamcast
PT
?PTE$ STJS22399
Sega Dreamcast
AU
$89.95[4] ?




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Metropolis Street Racer, known as Metropolis during development and frequently listed simply as MSR, is a racing game developed by Bizarre Creations for the Sega Dreamcast. Highly praised at the time of release, MSR was often considered to be the Dreamcast's answer to the PlayStation's Gran Turismo racing series, as it has over 250 circuits (set in real-world locations) and numerous officially licensed cars.

History

Development

MSR's origins date back to 1997 when Sega's Kats Sato was tasked with finding out who had developed the PlayStation games Formula 1 and Formula 1 Championship Edition for Sony Computer Entertainment. Reportedly Sato purposely pulled the power cable at a display at ECTS 1997 to see the game's intoductory credits, and, upon discovering the team was Bizarre Creations, a meeting was arranged with Kazutoshi Miyake in an attempt to get the team to produce games for Sega instead.

While an initial plea to create Sega Saturn titles was rebuffed, Bizarre Creation's head, Martyn Chudley kept in contact, and his team began working on MSR while the console was still being developed[5].

Metropolis Street Racer had an extremely rocky development cycle, being announced well in advance of the Dreamcast's Western launch and repeatedly missing deadlines over the course of a year. It was reportedly the first Dreamcast project to be started in the United Kingdom[6].

While initially aimed at the Dreamcast European launch date (1999-09-27 as it was then)[5], the game did not materialise fully until November 2000, at a time when Dreamcast sales were on the decline. Development on a Japanese release was started but never completed.

Thirty hours of real-life footage from the streets of London, Tokyo and San Francisco were captured in order to create accurate representations of the host cities[5], as well as 32,000[5]-35,000 photographs[7]. Richard Jacques who had at this point composed many soundtracks for Sega, provided the audio for the game.

Associate producer Jose Aller borrowed Kats Sato's Fiat without his knowledge to obtain engine sounds for the game, taking it up to 140mph on a test circuit[8].

Release

Metropolis Street Racer originally launched in PAL regions with a number of bugs, so much so that the game was recalled and Sega felt the need to issue replacement discs (the later North American version is the bug-fixed version, although not all the bugs were actually fixed). A replay option, included in review copies of the game, was scrapped at the last minute due to time restraints.

Despite initially high expectations, MSR sold 101,757 units in the U.S. through January 2003 according to NPD Group. In the UK 13,297 were sold in the week ending November 4th, 2000 according to Chart-Track. In Germany it debuted at number one in Media Control's November 2000 Dreamcast chart. Martyn Chudley described releasing the game exclusively on the Dreamcast at this time was like "The Beatles exclusively selling The White Album on Mars". £1 million of Bizarre Creations' own money went into the project, and although the team was happy to port the game to the PlayStation 2, management at Sega declined the offer.

Bizarre Creations would use what they learned through Metropolis Street Racer to create their line of Project Gotham Racing games for the Xbox/Xbox 360 which are seen as a spiritual successors.

Production credits

Bizarre Creations Ltd.
Management
  • Managing Director: Martyn Chudley
  • Business Director: Sarah Dixon
  • Technical Director: Walter Lynsdale
Programming
  • Design, Structure and Frontend: Martyn Chudley
  • Technical Coding: Roger Perkins
  • Engine and Dynamics Coding: Walter Lynsdale
  • Tools and Effects Coding: Phil Snape
  • AI Coding: Dave Al-Daini
  • Sound Coding: Jonathan Amor
Artwork
  • 3D modelling and Textures (Tokyo): Jon Dugdale, Paul Spencer
  • 3D modelling and Textures (San Francisco): Matt Sharatt, Glen Griffiths
  • 3D modelling and Textures (Tokyo): Julie McGurren, Derek Chapman
  • Car Modelling: Steve Heaney
  • Car and City Textures: Lee Carter
  • Frontend Artwork and City Textures: Gren Atherton
Production
  • Senior Producer: Brian Woodhouse
  • Associate Producer: Peter Wallace
  • Production Support: Glynn Williams
  • Bizarre PR: Sarah Dixon
  • Office Management: Michelle Langton
Quality Assurance
  • QA Manager: Ged Talbot
  • QA: Kevin Reilly
Sega Europe, Ltd.
Product Department
Marketing Support
Sega Of America Product Development
  • Localization Producer: Howard Gipson
  • Supervising Producer: Jason Kuo
  • Lead Tester: Benji Galvez
  • Assistant Lead Testers: Shawn Dobbins, Robert Reich
  • Localization Manager: Osamu Shibamiya
  • Testers: Gabrielle Brown, Jason Jensen, Steven Jee, Devin Tomcik, Jason Mercer, Todd Slepian, Rafael Meza, John Saito, Eric Ling, Joseph Amper, Derek Wong, Aaron Poser, Walter Kim, Daniel Airey, Shaheed Khan, JR Villatuya, Raymond Kwan, David Taleg, Chester Lee, Michael Jones, Joseph Mora
Marketing
Source: US manualMedia:Metropolis Street Racer DC US Manual.pdf[9]


Magazine articles

Main article: Metropolis Street Racer/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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FR print advert

ODCM US 10.pdfODCM US 10.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Official Dreamcast Magazine (US)No results # ()
also published in:

ODM UK 12.pdfODM UK 12.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Official Dreamcast Magazine (UK) #12: "October 2000" (2000-xx-xx)

MAN!AC DE 2000-12.pdf

PDF
Print advert in MAN!AC (DE) #2000-12: "12/2000" (2000-11-02)

Artwork

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
94 №107, p88-90[11]
100 №229, p82-83[2]
90 №91, p98/99[12]
86
92 №88, p44-45[4]
86
82
80 №1, p46[13]
Sega Dreamcast
89
Based on
8 reviews

Dreamcast, US
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Cover
Metropolis Street Racer DC US Manual.pdf
Manual
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Inlay
Dreamcast, EU
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Cover
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Disc
Dreamcast, EU (White Label)

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Disc

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