Daytona Championship USA impressions and gameplay

Last year I went out to the Dave & Busters in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, which at the time was one of few locations anywhere in the US that had Daytona Championship USA. The racing bug has been in my blood since I was a kid and Daytona USA is a series I absolutely adore. So here are some of my first impressions of the game (yes I still remember).

The game features six tracks, all of which are either copies or variations of tracks from previous games. What I mean by variation, is that all of the three original tracks are mirrored with a different setting, such as the normal track having a sunset theme instead of during the day. While it does feel like a cheap way to not include any new tracks, the graphics compensate for this. Colors are vibrant, the in-between realistic style receives an upgrade, and even the marks on the track are a wonderful attention to detail.

The game also can feature your face while driving in the in-game positions, so you can see other racer’s expressions. Sadly, it did not work on the cabinet I was playing on, which was a bummer. Honestly, there isn’t much to say about it afterwards. It just is an updated Daytona USA and there is nothing wrong with that at all. If you find this gem, definitely hit your brakes and take a few laps in the wonderful Sunshine State simulator.

The tracks played on was the Classic Three-Seven Speedway and the new Lakeside Castle (mirror of Dinosaur Canyon), And yes, I drove one-handed because I was holding my phone with the other. Sorry for the shakiness and enjoy!


3 responses to “Daytona Championship USA impressions and gameplay

  1. Bertodecosta says:

    Nicee.. Hope this game made way to my country soon.

  2. Setnaro X says:

    This Dave and Buster’s is only 20 minutes away from where I live, so I should go there one day and just enjoy this new arcade game along with all the other ones available.

  3. shadow1w2 says:

    It runs on some rather inexpensive hardware, my fingers are still crossed in hopes of a PC port which shouldn’t be too hard for them considering most gaming PCs have twice the hardware now.

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