Well, I had to think about this one overnight. I was torn between two options, but in the end I chose this one. Ladies and gentlemen, it's time for:
Yep. On Fridays, I'm going to talk about some of the arcade games that I played in the past that are worth mentioning. This week, I'm going to talk about one of my favorite driving games, Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune.
When I first came across this game, I was currently playing the third edition of the Initial D arcade game, which was starting to become annoying because of the penalizing system for hitting walls. Then I tried out the second edition of Wangan. Let me tell you, it's not like any of those common racing games out there. Like Initial D, this game saves your information on a little card, so you can pick up where you left off.
But unlike Initial D, this game does not penalize harshly for tapping a wall or two. The music is very upbeat in both the second and third editions, and I have purchased both soundtracks. Besides story mode, there is also a mode where you go through each of the different courses and work your way up 10 tiers to the top, and you can earn custom titles for perfecting all the tiers.
One of the best modes in the third version though is the Ghost Battle mode. In this mode, your racing pattern is recorded, and the top times are saved as a "ghost" so that you can race against them as if you were racing against an actual person. There are different ghosts for each of the courses, and you can also earn a rare title for being on the top of all of the courses at once.
Overall, this game is by far the most fun racing game I've ever played in the arcade. Only a few people could beat me when it came to versus, and I have humbled quite a few people who thought they were something special. I highly recommend you try to find this game in an arcade near you, because you will have a lot of fun!