Thanks for sharing your story, Simon! It’s so cool to hear these fond memories. This game seems to hold a very special place in people’s hearts, which is great.
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Well, GTA uses zooming quite extensively and was released only a year after Death Rally, so I think something could have been done. But after playing for a while, you start to learn the tracks and then it becomes a lot easier too 🙂
There are definitely multiple valid strategies, so the game is surprisingly deep! I’ve so far tried to upgrade my cars as much as possible, instead of buying new ones. I also think you don’t actually need the fastest car to win a race. There’s a lot to gain from having good handling, so you don’t have to slow down in corners and stuff. So going for the tires first is definitely a good idea, I think!
The strategy I’m using now is to not waste too much money on mines and stuff, but rather upgrade your car itself, so you can start competing at the higher levels.
I mostly try to stay away from the initial chaos and indeed lag behind a bit, so I don’t get as much damage. Once everyone’s out of bullets, I just try to race as hard & clean as possible to get ahead. That seems to work quite well so far.
I’m not sure if the AI is indeed responding to your current position, but that could well be the case!