Initial D: Mountain Vengeance (頭文字D MOUNTAIN VENGEANCE Inisharu Dī Mountain Vengeance) is a racing game by ValuSoft, based on the anime/manga series of the same name (particularly the Tokyopop dub of the anime), released in 2003 for Microsoft Windows. It is one of the few Initial D games to be released in North America, but not in Japan.
It is widely considered to be the WORST INITIAL D GAME OF THEM ALL and even one of the WORST RACING GAMES OF ALL TIME!
Why it Sucks
- Does nothing to explain the storyline of either the anime or the manga, potentially leaving newcomers confused.
- Outdated graphics, comparable to PlayStation games such as Ridge Racer, Gran Turismo, and Initial D’s own pre-Arcade Stage licensed game.
- An overly-repetitive soundtrack that at first seemed like it only has ONE song (Initialize), and has absolutely none of the J-Pop/Eurobeat songs that made the anime so memorable. However, checking the game’s files reveals that there are 11 music (in this case .OGG) files, complete with a customizable playlist configuration file... that isn’t randomized. You can unlock the ability to change the music, but the songs are the horrible songs from the Tokyopop dub.
- Non-existent sound-effects that get drown out by the aforementioned repetitive soundtrack.
- Emotionless and uncharismatic voice acting.
- Terribly short draw distance.
- Poor AI that provides no real challenge because it drives very slowly.
- The game has only 4 tracks, and ALL OF THEM ARE THE SAME.
- Slippery controls and poor physics which make it hard to handle your car. You can, and you will grind into walls way too many times.
- Broken drifting. Whenever you do it your car goes out of control... and you can still get ahead of the CPU player.