Driven with attitude and maybe 6 of 7 aspirin at the ready lol. It is indeed a very challenging track - one whereby you have to take the time and learn the little nuances of the terrain in order to run decent laps, let alone fast ones. I put this track in one of our Fast Lane
gigs shortly after it was released and everyone hated it lol. But the fact is if you're not a highly skilled racer to begin with, chances are you won't like it. Even if you are, this track takes a little time to figure out, and even when you do it's still challenging, and some drivers, regardless of how "fast" they are, just don't mesh too well with tracks of this sort (wimps lol).
My first "Third Day" experience was back in May of '02 when I ran a rally he put out named "The Long Jump
", which I loved. Like "Extreme" it's a grueling run, demanding high levels of focus and concentration at nearly every turn. As Mal said, don't expect to see highly polished work, but man 'o man does this guy have an imagination. It'd be kinda interestring to get a psychological work-up done on Third Day. Then again, it's probably best I don't have access to info like that lol. Seriously, we've conversed a few times via e-mail way back when, as well as briefly in the forum here, and he's a heck of nice guy. I'd love to see him drop in one day to say hi...and if he came bearing a track or three, even better.
Objectively speaking about the only thing I would've suggested he change was the weight on his road barriers; they're just too heavy in my opinion, significantly robbing the trucks of momemtum, thus preventing you from successfully making the jumps. At least that's true of the first lap provided everyone doesn't try to bypass the barriers by taking extreme (no pun intended lol) right or left passages. Then again, for all we know maybe that's how he intended it. One thing's for sure, the crashes that result from going thru those barriers the first time are...well, impressive to say the least - trucks flying everywhere lol.
I'm not sure why I didn't do a full review on this track. If I had to hazard a guess it was probably because Mal or Phin had me doing one of several menial tasks around here lol. However, if I had reviewed it, I'd say the Copey Rating on this baby would definitely be in the 8.5
range easlily. Good stuff, TD - sure hope you drop by some time, bud.
PS - Great job on the track screenshot's Mal/Phin - looking good!