Tokyo Xtreme Racer: Drift
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Tokyo Xtreme Racer: Drift (known as Kaidō Battle: Nikko, Haruna, Rokko, Hakone in Japan) is the third racing game published by Crave Entertainment for the PlayStation 2. It is the fourth main installment in Shutokō Battle series. The game allows racing at both day and night. Daytime offers the opportunity to enter competitions and gain money, while night time is where the player can race against rivals to gain respect.
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North American PlayStation 2 cover art
The player controls Hiroki Koukami, a wanderer driver. He is able to defeat every rival and challenges every Slashers from Hakone, Haruna, Nikko, Omote Rokko and Irohazaka. After he beats Speed King, Iroha's Uphill's Slasher, he challenges Hamagaki, aka Kaido President, who drives a yellow Pantera GTS (black Acura NSX-R in US Version) and holds the title of "Emotional King". As he defeats him, he takes his title, become the new Emotional King, while Hamagaki lost it and becomes a merely Trickster.
The game was set between Zero and 3, according to the Japanese series timeline. For unknown reasons, Sammy Corporation was originally going to publish the US version of the game as "Drift Racer: Kaido Battle", but was delayed until Crave Entertainment released it in 2006.
The game, like any in the series, included the Japanese and imported foreign cars. The foreign cars included Alfa Romeo, Mini, Lotus, DeTomaso, and Volkswagen, depending on versions. Honda was licensed in this game but not available in its sequel, due to the licensing issues. Ford, Lotus and DeTomaso were removed in the 2006 US release, and Alfa Romeo and Audi from Kaido Battle 2: Chain Reaction were added in, even though Kaido Battle 2 never had a North American release.
The five mountain courses were featured in this game:
- Iroha B (Nikko)
- Front Rokko/Omote Rokko
- Iroha A (Irohazaka)
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