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By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Fast-paced futuristic racer is an homage to classic game.

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While this is a rather blatant rip-off of another racing game series, it's so spot-on that it ends up being as fun as the games that inspired it. In Pacer, you pilot a jet-powered hovercraft around twisty tracks that would make a rollercoaster designer jealous. You also, as you go, pick-up ammo for weapons you use to damage or destroy the competition, as well as speed boosts that could mean the difference between finishing first and, well, not. In other words, this is basically a replica of the futuristic and combative racing game series WipEout.

But what this lacks in originality, it more than makes up for in depth. Not only are there fourteen tracks and eight distinctive vehicles, there are eleven different kinds of weapons, and all can be modified. You also get to have two at a time, though you still need to pick up ammo off the track as you're speeding around those tight corners. All of which puts this on par with the better WipEout games. Which isn't to say it's perfect; nothing is. For starters, it only has two viewpoints, and neither are the always important cockpit view. Some racing fans might also lament that using airbrakes to take turns isn't a skill you need to master, but it's more of a suggestion. But since that other racing franchise isn't not coming back anytime soon, Pacer is a very fun substitute.

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