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It seems to originate from Sega China and the article states another developer may be involved. The cabinet also has the "Sega Amusements" sign which indicates a European project; personally I doubt Sega Japan were involved at all. Mind you Sega Japan have produced a rash of uninspiring coin-ops racers themselves (R-Tuned, Sega Race TV, Hummer Extreme) in an answer to Raw Thrill's Fast & Furious cabinets.
Easy enough for a 5 year old to play, but over the top in looks and sound where anything with a gun is the main attraction type of thing. Like a roller coaster, designed to do one thing however this is a mickey mouse ride and goes no faster than 20mph. If you have done Superman or the Pepsi Max coasters then your going to get nothing from this one. ;-)
Raw Thrills (http://www.rawthrills.com) are basically 'Midway Reborn'. Basically if you played a Midway game, you'll know what to expect. Their Fast & Furious coin-op did very well in the West.....so well in fact, it seems to have changed the way Sega do racers. So games like Initial D 6 AA will stay in the orient while we get arcade versions of GRID & Sonic Allstars, or very basic racers like K.O Drive.
Only played one Raw Thrills game and it was H20verdrive. I had fun and thought it was well done. If it ever recieves a home port, I'd buy it.
Raw Thrills hasn't released a ton of stuff. If Sega isn't releasing much considered worthwhile, I really doubt Raw Thrills is the reason why. Probably just signs of the continued death of the few remains of the arcade industry if Sega isn't lining up with things like Outrun 2 every year.
I vividly remember this season of Gamesmaster growing up and often found it hilarious (rather cheeky for a 6PM timeslot). Used to be great for exclusive news in the infancy of the Internet. Also gave me my first look at SCUD Race in this particular episode:
I played Fast & Furious a couple of times. It's terrible. The music, cars, and tracks just aren't memorable like Cruis'n USA/World was (yes, those games are bad too but not terrible). I also see it in every arcade I've visited in the last few years (like all 20 of them, I'm dead f'n serious). Raw Thrills isn't releasing a whole lot cause it's just rehashes of the same stuff from 5-10 years ago. However, it's still making a ton of money and is definitely changing the way Sega rethinks its arcade releases. I cannot contest for H2Overdrive's quality since I've seen it but never really played it.
Pains me to say this, but if the people want Raw Thrills games, then that's what we get. OutRun 2 may be better but the people just don't want that, it seems. So it sucks for us. Sega's not likely to release another titular arcade racer like this any time soon. We got Sega Race TV but it was mediocre. That's the best Yu Suzuki/AM2 has left?
Pray for some straight-to-home-console games. I've given up on arcade releases.
BTW, you've seen Raw Thrills' Buck Hunter World logo? Ripped part of it right out of the Cruis'n World logo, like a punch to the face: