Harley-Davidson: Wheels of Freedom

Harley-Davidson: Wheels of Freedom
Harley-Davidson Wheels of Freedom cover.jpg
Developer(s) Canopy Games, G2M Games
Publisher(s) Infogrames, Inc.
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release Microsoft Windows

  • NA: 2000
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Harley-Davidson: Wheels of Freedom is a racing game developed by Canopy Games and G2M Games, and published by Infogrames in 2000.[1]

Gameplay

Screenshot showing a “checkpoint rally” race taking place.

Building upon the earlier Race Across America, Harley-Davidson: Wheels of Freedom lets players take part in various motorcycle rally events across the United States. Events new to the game are checkpoint-based rally stages, similar to Motocross Madness and Midnight Club, along with poker run events.[2] As with earlier Harley-Davidson games, Wheels of Freedom employs a number of motorcycles from the company—models such as the Harley-Davidson Fat Boy return, along with the addition of the Softail Deuce, Dyna Wide Glide and Night Train. In contrast to the linear, point-to-point stages in Race Across America, Wheels of Freedom is open-ended in nature, allowing for players to explore the game’s race courses in an open world environment[3] and choose events at their own leisure.[4]

Other improvements include the addition of the Havok physics engine, new character animations and integration of GameSpy‘s matchmaking service.

Reception

The game was released to mixed reviews. Stephen Poole of GameSpot said, “If you’re looking for high-performance motorcycle racing on the PC, you’ll tap this one out in very short order.”. They awarded the game a score of 5.3 (mediocre).[2] In a similarly mixed review, Vincent Lopez of IGN noted the graphical improvements over the previous game, its open-ended structure and the inclusion of GameSpy Arcade, but criticized its erratic AI and easy diffuculty, saying “If, perhaps, you enjoy spending your money on things of value, such as say… well, any other game on the market, than you should probably take the twenty bucks and get yourself Superbike 2001, or at least something a little more valuable.”[4]

A more positive review came from Shawn Snider of GamingExcellence, who deemed it “a very large step up from its predecessor”, yet noted the game’s easy difficulty and poor vehicle handling.[3]

References

  1. ^“Harley-Davidson: Wheels of Freedom for Windows (2000)”. MobyGames. Retrieved 2017-08-10.
  2. ^ abPoole, Stephen (15 December 2000). “Harley Davidson: Wheels of Freedom Review”. GameSpot. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  3. ^ abSnider, Shawn (10 February 2001). “Harley Davidson: Wheels of Freedom Review”. GamingExcellence. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  4. ^ abLopez, Vincent (10 January 2001). “Harley-Davidson: Wheels of Freedom – IGN”. IGN. Retrieved 10 August 2017.

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