Kinetica for Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2)
An original title from Sony Computer Entertainment, Kinetica is a high-speed futuristic racer akin to the likes of XG3 Extreme G Racing. In stark contrast to more conventional forms of racing, the racers in Kinetica wear futuristic suits with wheels attached to their hands and feet. As a result, the racers themselves become the vehicles. Far from a mere cosmetic choice, these suits play an integral part of the gameplay. Free from the hulking vehicles found in similar games, these racers can move their limbs independently, and as such, can perform a host of tricks and stunts. Players are required to execute these stunts by performing a combination of directional movements while holding the R1 button down. Correctly executing tricks fills a boost meter, which, once completed, provides the character with a limited speed boost.
The racers themselves come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and include both male and female competitors. During a race, competitors are randomly awarded power-ups, with a range of uses. Tracks are scattered across a handful of environments, dropping racers into inhospitable alien worlds, caverns, and the requisite futuristic cities. Shortcuts, jumps, and tight turns prevail throughout the tracks, requiring players to master a variety of handling techniques.
Practice and Single races grant players access to a track of their choosing; from those that have been unlocked. A two-player mode exists for the more competitive amongst us, and allows options such as the number of races, as well as the number of CPU opponents that will take part in the event, to be altered. The Season mode is divided into three different seasonal sections. The first season consists of four races. Achieving acceptable rankings in this group of races will unlock the second season. Doing so again in the second season will grant access to the third and final season.