SCAR - Xbox

Also known as: Squadra Corse Alfa Romeo

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SCAR (Xbox)
Also for: PC, PS2
Viewed: 3D First-person / Third-person Genre:
Simulation: Car Racing
Media: DVD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Milestone Soft. Co.: Milestone
Publishers: Black Bean (IT/GB)
Released: May 2005 (IT)
17 Jun 2005 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 3+


Developers Milestone, of Superbike and Screamer fame, are very proud of their latest offering, calling it the first true ‘CarPG’, a label that has been attached to many games of late. In Squadra Corse Alfa Romeo, your development as a driver is the central component of the game. That, and a healthy obsession with the makers of sporty Italian cars, Alfa Romeo.

SCAR is a racing simulation that combines the convincing physics demanded by today’s racing game fans with colourful graphics and elements that you’d normally expect to find in a sword and sorcery RPG. Instead of modifying your car, you select skills that will help your driver most in a given racing scenario. Once you’ve chosen your favourite Alfa, instead of worrying about the already sorted suspension, engine tuning and tyres, you’ll have to worry about how well your driver is equipped for the course, with skills varying from hand-eye co-ordination to reflexes and stress management skills. So instead of increasing your car’s acceleration with a supercharger, you can work on a quick gear change to give you that edge. Develop your handling skills and your car will effectively have more grip without the need for flashy tyres. There’s also the unique ‘Tiger effect’ with which you can turn back time and correct mistakes you’d rather forget ever happened.

A vast array of different courses are included to test your driver’s skills. As well as race courses, you can take to the streets and speed through exotic Italian locales, from Milan and Florence to Naples and Tuscany. To add to the already rather Italian feel, there’s a soundtrack adapted from the music of film score legend Ennio Morricone. Not only have Milestone delivered a game devoted solely to the many wonderful cars Alfa Romeo have produced over the years (don’t worry, many vehicles in the game pre-date the shameful front wheel drive only policy that has detracted from their appeal in recent years) in SCAR they have also delivered something which offers a different angle to the mod-obsessed titles that have saturated the market recently.

News & Editorial

Black Bean Unveil SCAR Press Release

07 Mar 2005