Video Game: Battle Gear
Side by Side is the franchise for a popular 1990s touge racing game series whose name changed to Battle Gear in the 2000s. It was developed by Taito and was first released on arcade cabinets before being ported to the PlayStation home consoles. Battle Gear 2 is known as Tokyo Road Race in Europe.
This work provides examples of:
- Creator Provincialism: All the cars up to the third game were strictly Japanese. The fourth game broke this with foreign cars.
- Design It Yourself Equipment: In 3, the cars can have visual customization, but in 4, the customization extends to performance modifications. Though this is restricted to members only.
- Diegetic Interface: Hell, even the interiors are somewhat detailed, if not today's standards. But in early days of racing games, it was outstanding.
- Gratuitous English: The Battle Gear 2 theme. BATERU GIIIIIIIAAAAAAAAH~
- Nintendo Hard: Obviously Drift Modes in the fourth game.
- Also, the more-complex Professional cabinets of the same game.
- Takumi Mode in 3 Tuned is also this. (see Video Game Cruelty Punishment)
- Well, the series was meant to emulate the real-life driving physics, so it can be hard for many gamers.
- Product Placement: Lots.
- The Rival who has Recycled In Space: Gran Turismo and Tokyo Xtreme Racer series FOR THE ARCADES!
- Zig-Zagged again. There are a few console ports of them.
- Shout-Out: You can select quite a few Initial D cars with all their appropriate colors.
- Updated Re-release: Tuned versions of 3 and 4.
- Video Game Cruelty Punishment: The Takumi Mode in the 3 Tuned forces you to stay off the walls. Even so much as touching it nets you a TIME PENALTY.