STAFF REVIEW of Circus Maximus: Chariot Wars (Xbox)

Wednesday, November 5, 2003.
by Yellowlab

Circus Maximus: Chariot Wars Box art I bought this one because it was under $10 on ebay. The money would have been better spent by hiring a hobo to stick a sharp stick in my eye. At least it would be less painful than playing Circus Maximus which suffers from numerous flaws. Mainly I found it to be incredibly boring. The game utilizes "computer assistance" so you can never move too far ahead of the pack, and no matter how badly you screw up the others seem to park and wait for you to catch up. Every race seems to come down to the last 10 seconds of the race, so why even race the first 3 minutes? Also, you just mindlessly hit the slash button to try to hit the others while you race. It's awkward, unfun, and boring. But, I won't give it a 1 out of 5. I will give it an extra half a point for trying a unique idea (getting a stick in my eye rates a 2 out of 5).

It sounds like a great idea. Let's race chariots and slash at the other opponents. Ok, it does sound stupid, and succeeds at being idiotic and boring. As I mentioned above the computer assistance ruins any chance of this being even a viable racer for the 'box. With so many great racers out there, avoid this one even if it's free.

The graphics are not terrible, but are pretty basic. The tracks have some diversity and the game moves fast without dropping the frame rate.

Very average sounds. No custom soundtrack is a big negative. I would enjoyed racing a chariot to some modern music.

For CM2, change the chariots to cars and call it Project Gotham 2.

Overall: 3.0 / 10
Gameplay: 2.0 / 10
Visuals: 7.0 / 10
Sound: 5.0 / 10


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