On the Dreamcast, Bizarre Creations released one of the greatest driving games to grace gaming- Metropolis Street Racer- in that it was the beginning of Project Gotham Racing, and an inspiration with its use of the ‘Kudos’ system, which gave you bonus points based on stylish driving. However, the game featured a fantastic soundtrack, which we will dive into below.
Metropolis Street Racer was set in three different cities across the globe. San Francisco, London and Tokyo. Depending on the time of day that you played the game, this would affect the time within the game using a simple timezone/clock system. However, the music in these locales reflected the environment, even if you could customise the soundtrack to your own interests, but the songs were all originally created, and to this day, I still listen to them on iTunes.
Metropolis Street Racer was the first racer to have radio stations and DJs talking between music tracks. The soundtrack was composed by Richard Jacques, whose work includes Daytona Championship Circuit Edition, Jet Set Radio Future, The Citadel theme from Mass Effect, and more. Some songs in the radio stations are sung by TJ Davis, who also sung songs from the Sega Saturn game, Sonic R.
While original songs, some are clearly identifiable to songs of the times. One in particular sounds awfully similar to a Will Smith song, called ‘Let’s Get It On Tonight’ which you can hear below.
My favourite song from the soundtrack would have to be ‘Don’t Wait’, which is a power pop ballad, but ever so catchy. I just love it, even if some may cringe listening to it. I don’t care, it’s great!
In the San Francisco soundtrack, there is also a bit of country music as well as hard hitting rock. You can find them all below, but here’s one of the more humourous country songs.
Heading over to London, you can hear the sounds of a wannabe Oasis band, with a song called ‘Live Your Life’. Oasis were massive during the early noughties when Metropolis Street Racer released, and I’m surprised there wasn’t any kind of breach in copyright with this track, being ever so close to the inspiration.
Tokyo featured some real club music for its time, leaving out rock entirely, and one particular track that’s always been popular in my collection was ‘Club Paris’ which is still a favourite to this day.
Aside from these individual tracks, you can find the full soundtrack below, and I hope you appreciate it as much as I did. If you played the game back on the Dreamcast, you may have fond memories of some of these tunes. If you ever find an opportunity to try out MSR, give it a go. It may seem dated now, but it was an inspiration to many.