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Speed Kings

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Initial release date  23 May 2003
Genre  Racing video game
Publisher  Acclaim Entertainment
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Platforms  PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube
Developers  Climax Group, Syrox Development
Modes  Single-player video game, Multiplayer video game
Similar  Acclaim Entertainment games, Racing video games

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Speed Kings is a motorcycle racing game published by Acclaim for the GameCube, Xbox, and PlayStation 2. The game was developed by the team at Climax London and was released for all platforms in 2003.


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Speed Kings is a motorcycle racing game which focuses on an arcade style of gameplay. There are three single-player modes in Speed Kings and five multiplayer options. There are 22 bikes featured in the game based on real-world bike models. The gear and game equipment is authentic as well and is sponsored by Shoei and Alpinestars. Additionally, it includes hidden features based on rewards that can be unlocked during gameplay.

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The game features racing through traffic-filled streets with multiple tricks, stunts, combat, and dangerous speeds. The street environments also feature moving traffic and destructible objects and the game supports a full deformation system, which illustrates real-time damage to the bike.

Supported functions

Functions that are supported by the game:

  • Players: 1-2
  • Rumble Pak
  • DualShock
  • Memory Card
  • Local - VS # of Players
  • Features

    The game has multiple features, including:

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  • 22 bikes based on production and custom real-world models
  • Three single-player modes and 5 multiplayer options
  • Arcade-style handling and control
  • Realistic crash sequences
  • Stunts, including "power down" slides beneath semis and death-defying jumps
  • Interactive street environments
  • Deformation system that illustrates real-time bike damage
  • Selection of riders, each with unique riding styles and taunts
  • Unlockable content, including new bikes, tracks and a Grand Prix mode
  • Boost reward for performing tricks
  • Authentic in-game motorcycle gear
  • Reception and reviews

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    Speed Kings was met with mixed reception. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 65% and 60 out of 100 for the Xbox version; 64% and 61 out of 100 for the GameCube version; and 62% and 61 out of 100 for the PlayStation 2 version.

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    GameSpot described the game as "a fairly traditional arcade motorcycle racing game with some unconventional gameplay elements." They also stated that the visual effects of the game "looks good" and the audio "has a decent array of sound effects and music." IGN said, "We wouldn't exactly crown Acclaim's motorcycle racer as videogame royalty." Eurogamer complained that the textures were "bland and blurry" and the scenery leaves no "lasting impression". But the bikes and riders are "suitably detailed" and "the crashes look sufficiently bone-shattering." Eurogamer said it "isn't a terrible game - it's just that it's so easily ignored."

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