"And now, VWBT is proud to present the show that squashes reality like a bug. That's right, you better be ready to: MegaRace!"
— The Announcer
A Racing Game / Vehicular Combat series created by Cryo Interactive in 1993.Taking place in The Future, MegaRace is a series created by Virtual World Broadcast Televisionnote or VWBT for short. Designed to inject a little excitement into the monotony of everyday life, MegaRace lets whoever is interested participate in high-speed races against vicious criminal gangs that the rule the roads of the future. The catch is that the races are entirely virtual, so no harm befalls anyone.The host of MegaRace is the eccentricLance Boyle, who initially encourages the contestants, but won't hesitate to insult them if they fail.There are three games in the series, allthree are available on Good Old Games.
Tropes throughout the series:
Acme Products: Numerous companies throughout the first two games.
Ambiguous Robots: It's implied in the first game that Lance Boyle may not be real, but it's never followed through on. Though his behavior does become more erratic with each game.
Game-Breaking Bug: Finishing a race with your weapons disabled causes them to be disabled by default in the next race, and not all tracks have symbols that can restore your weapons.
While not game-breaking, there's a bug that replaces some of the level introduction videos with earlier ones if you've reloaded at all. The only way to see them all is to play through in one sitting, without dying.
Mercy Mode: The Can, aka The Last-Chance Speedway, an extra speedway that's unlocked after you've successfully finished several races, and then lose a few.
New Game+: Completing the game on the "Novice" difficulty will automatically start the game over on the "Hardened" difficulty, with all the cars unlocked. You can start with the "Hardened" difficulty right away, but the cars won't be unlocked yet.
Loading a game that's been beaten on "Hardened" lets you select any of the tracks, including the two bonus speedways.
Power-Up: Played straight and inverted. The tracks are covered in symbols, which can either help younote Improved weapons, extra points, etc. or hurt younote Weakened/Disabled weapons, Interface Screw, etc..
Shark Tunnel: The Aquatube, present in all of the Maeva speedways.
Lance Boyle: "You're fired." *beat* "Just kidding, folks. You'll be seeing Charlene, or somebody surprisingly similar, throughout the show. Believe me, you won't tell the difference. I won't, and I should know."