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Retro Gaming 00’s- Street Racing Syndicate: (2004)

The 00’s decade was arguably peak period of popularity as it relates to the racing genre of gaming. There were a variety of memorable racing games that came from the 00’s including Need For Speed: Most Wanted, Need For Speed Underground 2, Forza Motorsport 2 & 3, Gran Turismo 3 & 4 along with many more. One if the few games within the racing genre that does not get mentioned in the same light is Street Racing Syndicate from 2004. For those who do not know Street Racing Syndicate was developed by Eutechnyx and published by Namco in every country except Europe. Street Racing Syndicate was released for various game consoles including GameCube, Xbox, PS2, Microsoft Windows and even Game Boy Advance. Some of the positives regarding Street Racing Syndicate included the visuals along with players having access to a variety of cars within the game. Street Racing Syndicate provides players with 50 licensed cars to choose from manufacturers by the likes of Nissan, Lexus, Subaru, Volkswagen, Toyota, Mazda and Mitsubishi. The visuals for Street Racing Syndicate was also very impressive for its time and looked somewhat similar to that of Need For Speed Underground 2.

In fact, Street Syndicate Racing was supposed to compete with the likes of Need For Speed Underground 2 which also came out in 2004. But as many people know the Need For Speed series was far more popular especially NFS: Underground 2; which was seen as one of the best racing games of ’04 alongside Gran Turismo 4 by various gaming entities. While games such as Need For Speed: Underground 2 and NFS: Most Wanted from ’04-’06 actually had story modes Street Syndicate Racing was simply about winning races and attracting women. Street Syndicate Racing had the potential to be a much better game than it was if there was a storyline that connected the concept of racing with women. While players are expected to win various challenges to earn and keep women by their side they can also unlock dance videos as they progressed throughout the game. While Street Racing Syndicate received mixed reviews following its initial release it still a shame that we never got to see a direct sequel for it. An added story mode along with revamped gameplay and graphics in addition to a wider selection a cars would have been made people want to purchase a potential Street Racing Syndicate 2.

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