Tokyo Xtreme Racer: Drift

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Tokyo Xtreme Racer: Drift
Tokyo Xtreme Racer - Drift Coverart.png
North American PlayStation 2 cover art
Developer(s) Genki
Publisher(s)
Director(s) Nobukazu Itabashi
Series Kaido Battle
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
Release
  • JP: February 27, 2003
  • NA: April 18, 2006
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Tokyo Xtreme Racer: Drift (known as Kaidō Battle: Nikko, Haruna, Rokko, Hakone in Japan) is the third racing game published by Crave Entertainment for the PlayStation 2. It is the fourth main installment in Shutokō Battle series. The game allows racing at both day and night. Daytime offers the opportunity to enter competitions and gain money, while night time is where the player can race against rivals to gain respect.

Contents

Sammy Corporation was originally going to publish the US version of the game as Drift Racer: Kaido Battle, but it was delayed until Crave Entertainment released it in 2006.

Gameplay

Story

The player controls Hiroki Koukami, a Wanderer driver. He is able to defeat every rival and challenges every leader, called a "Slasher", from Hakone, Haruna, Nikko, Omote Rokko and Irohazaka. After he beats "Speed King", Iroha's Uphill's Slasher, he challenges Hamagaki, aka Kaido President, who drives a yellow Pantera GTS (a black Acura NSX-R in the US Version) and holds the title of "Drift King". After Koukami defeats him, he takes his title, becoming the new Drift King, while Hamagaki loses it and is demoted to Trickster.

The game is set between Zero and 3, according to the Japanese series timeline.

Cars

The game, like any in the series, includes Japanese and imported foreign cars. The foreign cars included are Alfa Romeo, Mini, Lotus, DeTomaso, and Volkswagen, depending on the version. Honda was licensed in this game but was not available in Tokyo Xtreme Racer 3 due to licensing issues. Ford, Lotus, and DeTomaso were removed in the 2006 US release, and Alfa Romeo and Audi from Kaido Battle 2: Chain Reaction were added in, even though Kaido Battle 2 never had a North American release.

Mountain courses

The five mountain courses featured in this game are:

Reception

The game was met with mixed reception upon release. Its GameRankings score was 62%, [1] while its Metacritic score is 59 out of 100. [2]

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