Keep­ing an eye on the coin-op gaming scene

Codemasters’ se­ries usu­ally in­volves dent­ing cars, but it’s the screen that’s been bent out of shape for its ar­cade de­but. The fo­cal point of eye­catch­ing cab­i­net is a 100-inch curved Hy­brid Laser LED Pro­jec­tion dis­play, an al­ter­na­tive to the in-vogue dome screen. The dis­play is com­ple­mented by 5.1 sur­round sound, a force-feed­back wheel and seat, and a fully mod­elled stain­less-steel dash­board with work­ing di­als, an en­gine start but­ton and a tun­able ra­dio.

The game of­fers four game­play modes from the con­sole re­lease: stan­dard rac­ing in the form of Race Off; Knock Out, in which you must stay on a plat­form while knock­ing oth­ers from it; Ram­page, here re­named De­mo­li­tion, which takes place in an open arena; and the T-bon­ing night­mare of 8-Ball, which be­comes Cross­roads. There’s also a large se­lec­tion of cars, 20 in to­tal, taken from an ar­ray of classes that in­cludes mus­cle, pickup, sa­loon and ‘old-timer’.

Each seat is fit­ted with a player face cam­era, the gurn­ing ex­pres­sions from which are dis­played on Show­down TV – two HD dis­plays that sit above the four­player setup. also uses Sega’s Sega Scores on­line por­tal for brag­ging rights. The sys­tem dis­plays a QR code on the screen at the end of a ses­sion, al­low­ing you to scan it with your smart­phone. Fol­low­ing the link will al­low you to track your rat­ing for spe­cific lo­ca­tions, re­gions and even cab­i­nets, plus your po­si­tion on the global leader­board.

Game Show­down Man­u­fac­turer Sega

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