Juiced

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Genre: Racing
Publisher: THQ
Developer: Juice Games

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'Juiced' - Demo Available NOW

by Judy on July 13, 2004 @ 5:32 p.m. PDT

Juiced will fully immerse players in the lifestyle and culture of the street scene. Drivers will start with the dream of building a crew of 'driving gods' and work towards domination of the established street-racing scene of Angel City. Showing off racing skills in show-off mode will help players gain 'respect' from rival crew chiefs, allowing them to attend other crew's events and eventually bet against them for cash as well as challenge drivers 'for pinks.' As a racer's notoriety grows, new drivers will ask to join the team, opening up never-before-seen 'crew races' where the players ability to manage a crew of drivers is key to beating rival crews. Juiced will feature more than 50 real cars with more than 100 real mods for a total of 7.5 trillion car customization possibilities. The game will also offer a full on-line feature set complete with six player races and world leader boards.

Get the Juiced demo off Worthplaying (133mb)

This demo is features pre-release code and does not constitute the final quality or compatibility of the final product.

Thank you for taking the time to play the Juiced demo.

Requirements.

Minimum specification:

  • 933Mhz CPU
  • Directx 9.0b
  • 3D accelerated DirectX9b compatible video card
  • NVIDIA GeForce3 or better (excluding Geforce4MX)
  • ATI 8500 32 MB or better
  • Matrox Perhellia
  • 128 Megabytes of RAM
  • 2.5 GB free hard drive space
  • (additional space required for Windows swap-file and
  • DirectX 9.0b installation)
  • 8x CD-ROM drive
  • Directx 9.0b Compatible Sound Card
  • MS compatible mouse
  • Keyboard

Recommended:

  • 1.7 Ghz CPU
  • Directx 9.0b
  • 3D accelerated GeForceFX 64 MB / ATI Radion 9700 or equivalent DirectX9 compatible video card
  • 256 Megabytes of RAM
  • 2.5 GB free hard drive space
  • (additional space required for Windows swap-file and
  • DirectX 9.0b installation)
  • 16x CD-ROM drive
  • Directx 9.0b Compatible Sound Card
  • MS compatible mouse
  • Keyboard
  • Not Supported:
  • Windows 95, Windows NT
  • Directx9.0a and previous versions.

Controls

Assign controls using control from the options selection

Default keyboard controls.

ESC - Pause

V - Change view

Right shift - Nitro

+ - Gear up

- - Gear down

Left - Steer left

Right - Steer right

END - Reverse

Enter - Select

B - Handbrake

SPACE - Rear view

Up - Throttle

Down - Brake

Improving Game play Performance

If you are experiencing low performance you should...

  • Make sure your system has enough resources free, shut down all other applications.
  • Make sure you have the latest video card drivers for your graphics card.
  • Run JuicedConfig and reduce the video mode to a less demanding setting e.g. 640*480*16.
  • Use the graphics options in game to reduce track detail to minimum.
  • Use the shaders tab in JuicedConfig to limit the more sohpisticated shaders, setting to shader 1.0 will boost overall performance on some graphics cards.
  • Turn off effect options such as motion blur and depth of field.
  • Using the "Juiced software audio" shortcut can improve performance on some audio cards.

Installing DirectX

The latest version of DirectX can be downloaded from:

www.microsoft.comdirectx

Juiced requires DirectX9b. Previous versions of DirectX are not supported.

Troubleshooting / Known issues

Video:

  • Check system specification and close down all background applications.
  • It is highly recommended to go to your video card manufacturer's website and download updated drivers for your card.
  • Flickering on some objects due to Z-fighting may be apparent on cards when 16 bit modes are selected.

Sound:

  • It is highly recommended to go to your sound card manufacturer's website and download updated drivers for your card.
  • Using the "Juiced Software audio" shortcut from your start menu can improve framerate on some cards.
  • If you experience issues with choppy music try the "Juiced No In Game Music" shortcut

Input:

Some systems have been seen to experience problems selecting the controller options, if your system fails to show a DirectInput controller configuration box when you select this option please run the "dInputFix.bat" found in your installation directory.

General:

If you encounter virtual memory errors while loading Juiced you will need to clear some more free space on your hard drive.

It is strongly recommended that you close all applications before installing and running Juiced. You can use your task manager to close down unwanted applications.

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