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dedewhale
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« on: October 12, 2004, 12:00:08 PM »

Has anyone fired up the newest Gallop racer and can post some impressions?

I hated the last version but really enjoyed to versions ago...is this a step in the right or wrong direction?
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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2004, 01:56:11 PM »

Ha - I liked the last version but never played any before it. I got really hooked into losing race after race. Might pick this one up at some point too.
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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2004, 04:58:02 PM »

Have it and like it alot.

Here's some impressions:

At the start, you'll notice there's no tutorial, unlike last year's version. If you've never played any previous Gallop racer, you might be lost.

You start out as a jockey with no horses and 1 trainer that you pick in the setup screen(doesn't matter which one, because all of them will make appearances later on as you continue to succeed). That trainer will give you "requests" to ride horses for them, the catch is that they come with goals attached(win, place, top-3, over odds, just to name a few). Meet those goals on a somewhat consistent basis and you begin to have a better relationship with the trainer(s), which then opens up reqeusts to ride much better horses for them.  If you've met the goals set on any trainer's horse in 3 races, then you become the main rider for that said horse. Once that happens, you control where and when that horse runs. This is the main way to build up your own fleet of racers, along with the 2-yr old auction(1st week-July), gift horses from other jockeys and trainers, and eventually you can start breeding them, from your retired crop, later on.

The racing itself is harder this year, but more fun IMO. The starts matter very much for a front runner, but you won't be punished greatly for blowing a start with a rear runner this year.  The main thing added this year is a slot machine indicator that spins at various points in the race. Ride a horse perfectly, and you'll be rewarded with 777's in the stretch run, and then it's good luck catching you.

Some tips:
1- Don't take all the requsts given, as some horses are really bad and it will cost you. Look at how he/she stacks up to the competition.
2- Don't run a mid or rear-runner on the rails this year, it's almost certain death. It won't open up like the Red Sea like last year's version, I learned the hard way.
3- Take a mid pack or rear runner outside of everyone at about the four-furlong marker and give a couple of taps to bring him/her up closer to the front before the stretch run. The game doesn't penalize you for taking them 10 to 15-wide and you'll win many a race using this strategy.

There's alot more, but too much to add here. I can try to answer any questions, and help out wherever I can.

Fun Game, especially for any horse-racing fan.
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« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2004, 06:09:28 PM »

it sounds good, but is it the same really japaneesy feel to the game. Is there N american tracks where the actually run counter clock wise?
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« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2004, 06:16:05 PM »

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it sounds good, but is it the same really japaneesy feel to the game. Is there N american tracks where the actually run counter clock wise?


Yes there are NA tracks and races, including the Triple-Crown series and Breeders Cup Day.
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« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2004, 06:52:17 PM »

hmmm, maybe I will have to put down horse racing fantasy for a spell and pick this up, thanks
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« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2004, 07:05:44 PM »

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hmmm, maybe I will have to put down horse racing fantasy for a spell and pick this up, thanks


Just remember, many of those tracks and races need to be 'opened up'. If I remember correctly winning the Golden Derby(12F in June) opens up many 'special' races. Then, you need to win some of the 'special races' to open up the GWS races(Sprint, Turf, and Dirt).

I can try to list some races you need to win, if need be.
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« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2004, 07:26:16 PM »

well I went and bought it today....will give it a try this weekend...can't play with the Astros in the playoffs.

I have a feeling I will have some questions as to what is what.
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