Time Warner Interactive's VR Virtua Racing

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Time Warner Interactive's VR Virtua Racing
System(s): Sega Saturn
Publisher: Time Warner Interactive
Developer:
Licensor: Sega
Original system(s): Sega Model 1
Publisher(s) of original games: Sega
Developer(s) of original games: Sega
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (40 tracks)
Peripherals supported: Arcade Racer, Saturn Backup Memory
Genre: Racing[1][2]

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,800 (5,974)5,800e[3] T-4803G
Sega Rating: All Ages
Sega Saturn
US
$49.9549.95[4] T-4801H
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Sega Saturn
EU
T-4801H-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Saturn
DE
T-4801H-50
USK: 0
Sega Saturn
UK
£44.9944.99[6][7] T-4801H-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Saturn
PL
179zł179
Sega Saturn
AU
OFLC: G

Time Warner Interactive's VR Virtua Racing is a port of Virtua Racing, released in 1995 for the Sega Saturn. The port was produced by Time Warner Interactive rather than Sega. The VR is considered part of the game's name, as evidenced in the in-game copyright screen. In Japan, the port is called Virtua Racing Sega Saturn (バーチャレーシング セガサターン).

The game is an enhanced port of the original game, expanding the number of tracks and vehicle types and introducing a Grand Prix mode. It does not contain any of the additional content from the Sega 32X game, Virtua Racing Deluxe (although both contain prototype cars).

Gameplay

The game is a racing game that plays similarly to the arcade original. The car steers with Left and Right. It accelerates with C and brakes with B. If the player chooses the manual transmission option, L downshifts and R upshifts.

The Arcade mode has the player race five laps against fifteen computer-controlled opponents. Each track is broken into multiple timed segments, and the player is given more time for passing a checkpoint marker. The player is retired from the race if time runs out. Only the F-1 car and the three tracks from the original arcade game (Big Forest, Bay Bridge, and Acropolis) are available to play.

The Practice mode lets the player can race on any of the tracks with or without opponents. The player can pick any car and any team colors. In this mode, there is no time limit. The player can choose to race 4, 5, or 10 laps or can choose "Free Run," where the race lasts until the player decides to stop. This is the only mode that can be played with a second player in split-screen.

The Grand Prix mode puts the player through a season tour consisting of all ten tracks and all five vehicles. The player starts with the Go Kart and graduates to the next vehicle after earning enough points. Points are awarded depending on the player's placement at the end of each race:

Placement Points awarded
1st 10
2nd 6
3rd 4
4th 3
5th 2
6th 1
7th or worse 0
Car class Points required
Go Kart 0
Coupe 20
F-160 30
Proto 40
F-1 50

The game supports the Arcade Racer.

Cars

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F-1
A Formula One-style race car, the same car available in the arcade original and all other versions of the game.

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Go Kart
A small, low-powered go-kart.

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Coupe
A fastback sports car, resembling a Porsche 911.

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F-160
A tube-shaped race car resembling those used in early Grand Prix motor racing.

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Proto
A sports prototype race car, similar to those used in 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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F-200
A higher-powered version of the F-1 car with a 14-cylinder engine. This car is hidden and unlocked by placing first in the Grand Prix mode with every vehicle or by inputting a cheat code.

Views

The player can switch between four different perspectives at any point during the race.

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Cockpit View (X)

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Follow View (Y)

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Float View (Z)

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Fly View (A)

Tracks

The game includes the three original arcade tracks along with seven additional tracks not available in any other version of the game. The tracks are arranged in order of increasing difficulty.

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Amazon Falls

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Surfers Speedway Oval

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Big Forest
From the arcade game.

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Alpine

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Bay Bridge
From the arcade game.

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Surfers Speedway Road

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Diablo Canyon

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Acropolis
From the arcade game.

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Metropolis

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Pacific Coast

Versions

While graphically closer to the arcade version than the Sega Mega Drive version of Virtua Racing and Virtua Racing Deluxe, the game continues to run with a lower screen resolution and with simplified level and vehicle geometry.

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Time Warner Interactive's VR Virtua Racing Time Warner Interactive's VR Virtua Racing
English (US) Time Warner Interactive's VR Virtua Racing Time Warner Interactive's VR Virtua Racing
Japanese バーチャレーシング セガサターン Virtua Racing Sega Saturn

Production credits

  • Programming: Michael Alexander, Tim Crossman, Charles Tolman
  • Graphics Lead: Manuel Laguatan
  • Graphics: Jose Erazo, Ace Miles, Lindsay Dawson
  • Audio: Doug Brandon (Sweet Willy), M. Stevens, Earl Vickers
  • Tools: Chris Ebert
  • Tuning: Robert Boone
  • Test Manager: Curtis Soldano
  • Testing: Robert Boone, John Arvay, Brian Corey
  • Manual: Bill Hindorff, Curtis Clarkson
  • Producer: Bill Hindorff
Source:
US manual[8]


Magazine articles

Main article: Time Warner Interactive's VR Virtua Racing/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Time Warner Interactive's VR Virtua Racing/Promotional material.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Consoles + (FR)
65
[9]
Electronic Entertainment (US) NTSC-U
63
[10]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
70
[11]
Fun Generation (DE)
60
[12]
GameFan (US) NTSC-U
85
[13]
Game Players (US) NTSC-U
80
[14]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
83
[15]
GamePro (UK)
91
[7]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
59
[16]
MAN!AC (DE) PAL
61
[17]
Maximum (UK)
25
[18]
Mega Force (FR) NTSC-J
14
[19]
Mega Fun (DE) NTSC-U
57
[20]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
86
[6]
Player One (FR)
40
[21]
Saturn+ (UK) PAL
85
[22]
Sega Magazin (DE)
49
[23]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
91
[5]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
80
[24]
Sega Saturn Magazine (UK) PAL
77
[25]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
60
[26]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
64
[27]
Ultimate Future Games (UK) PAL
42
[28]
Sega Saturn
65
Based on
23 reviews

Time Warner Interactive's VR Virtua Racing

Saturn, JP
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Saturn, US
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Disc
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Manual
Saturn, EU
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Cover
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Disc
Saturn, DE
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Cover
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Saturn, AU

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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Saturn
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
310,661,568 CD-ROM (EU) T-4801H-50 V1.000
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
310,659,216 1995-09-13 CD-ROM (JP) T-4803G V1.000
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
310,659,216 CD-ROM (US) T-4801H V1.000
Sega Saturn
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1995-10-30 Page

References

  1. File:VirtuaRacing Saturn JP Box Back.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/fb/segahard/ss/soft_licensee1.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-03-20 23:04)
  3. Sega Saturn Magazine, "December 1995" (JP; 1995-11-08), page 195
  4. 4.0 4.1 Press release: 1995-11-06: TIME WARNER INTERACTIVE'S(TM) 'V.R. VIRTUA RACING(TM)' NOW AVAILABLE ON THE SEGA SATURN(TM)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Sega Power, "December 1995" (UK; 1995-10-19), page 38
  6. 6.0 6.1 Mean Machines Sega, "January 1996" (UK; 1995-11-xx), page 83
  7. 7.0 7.1 GamePro, "November 1995" (UK; 1995-09-xx), page 43
  8. File:Virtuaracing sat us manual.pdf, page 21
  9. Consoles +, "Janvier 1996" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 122
  10. Electronic Entertainment, "December 1995" (US; 1995-1x-xx), page 174
  11. Famitsu, "1995-12-29" (JP; 1995-12-15), page 37
  12. Fun Generation, "01/96" (DE; 1995-12-20), page 62
  13. GameFan, "Volume 3, Issue 9: September 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 15
  14. Game Players, "Vol. 8 No. 12 December 1995" (US; 1995-1x-xx), page 67
  15. GamePro, "October 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 52
  16. Hobby Consolas, "Febrero 1996" (ES; 1996-xx-xx), page 107
  17. MAN!AC, "02/96" (DE; 1996-01-10), page 84
  18. Maximum, "January 1996" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 145
  19. Mega Force, "Janvier 1996" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 79
  20. Mega Fun, "01/96" (DE; 1995-12-20), page 70
  21. Player One, "Janvier 1996" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 117
  22. Saturn+, "Christmas 1995" (UK; 1995-12-14), page 29
  23. Sega Magazin, "Februar 1996" (DE; 1996-01-10), page 76
  24. Sega Pro, "February 1996" (UK; 1995-12-28), page 56
  25. Sega Saturn Magazine, "January 1996" (UK; 1995-12-15), page 88
  26. Sega Saturn Magazine, "1995-14 (1995-12-22)" (JP; 1995-12-08), page 204
  27. Sega Saturn Magazine, "Readers rating final data" (JP; 2000-03), page 15
  28. Ultimate Future Games, "February 1996" (UK; 1996-01-03), page 81


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Prereleases:
Sega Saturn
Prototypes: 1995-10-30
Virtua Racing series of games
Arcade
Virtua Racing (1992) | Virtua Formula (1993)
Sega Mega Drive
Virtua Racing (1994)
Sega 32X
Virtua Racing Deluxe (1994)
Sega Saturn
Time Warner Interactive's VR Virtua Racing (1995)
Sony PlayStation 2
Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 8: Virtua Racing FlatOut (2004)
Nintendo Switch
Sega Ages Virtua Racing (2019)
Virtua Racing related media
Music
Virtua Racing & OutRunners (1993) | Yu Suzuki Produce G-LOC/R360/Virtua Racing (1998)
Book
Virtua Racing: Official Racing Guide (1994) | Virtua Racing Hisshou Kouryaku-hou (199x)