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Remake: LEGO Racers 2

Who would like a LEGO Racers 2 remake?  

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  1. 1. Who would like a LEGO Racers 2 remake?



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bradleybrand

Throughout my childhood and teens, I have always been a big fan of LEGOs. I have came across many different LEGO games during that time, some better than others. One of my most favourite LEGO games of all time is LEGO Racers 2. But with the game being released in 2001, the game has aged since then. The game did not allow 1920x1080 resolution support, but was achievable through some tweaks which I could never get to work. The game had many strengths and many weaknesses which let the game down. One strength was the ability to race a friend with a split screen, with controller support, with the weakness being that there was no LAN racing feature so that players could play on their own machine. Another weakness was during "multiplayer", all the other computer NPC opponents were removed.

 

I have a vision. Just imagine a multiplayer version of LEGO Racers 2. A rebuilt Sandy Bay, copied exactly. Remodeled and re-textured assets. Players having the ability to choose a character, choose a car and race their friends. Players having the ability to manually choose how many NPC opponents they want in their games. Future updates could implement other worlds, such as Mars, into the game at a later date. Maybe even a free mode could be implemented for the player to freely drive around the worlds and later on maybe the single player features could be implemented, such as the "Golden Bricks", but this is all extra work.

 

I have this vision but I hold zero knowledge or experience when it comes to creating a game, all I know is it takes time. I am looking for a team to try and help my dream become a reality. I need to find people with the same passion as me to create something amazing. What would motivate and encourage people to take on such a ambitious project?

 

I would suggest starting off small:

- One world island (Sandy Bay)

- One feature: Multiplayer via LAN

- Pre-built cars to choose from

- Pre-build characters to choose from

- Enter a player name

- To start off with, no computer NPC opponents until foundations met

- Simple tracks around a newly built Sandy Bay world map

- Linking to LR2 sounds??

 

What I expect would be needed:

- Map designer

- Coders

- 3D modellers

- Texture designer

- Anyone with desired skills

 

Extras

- Better LEGO scenery (trees, flowers, bushes, etc)

- Better water

- More LEGO assets (houses, fisherman area, docks, etc)

- If "SinglePlayer", make the LEGO inhabitants seem more "human" by having active tasks. Not standing in one spot, but walking around, doing things.

- Maybe expand the town? Or create another settlement for the island?

- Maybe new racing opponents with new homes for them. Sticking to the year 2001 era.

 

I believe if a remade Sandy Bay was constructed - looking ever so good - it would encourage people to the project. So if someone can rebuild the Sandy Bay map for a start, that would be fantastic. Maybe making the terrain, the rocks, the water, the sky, look even better.

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Agent2583

If we did have a Lego Racers 2 Remake, what would you change? 

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bradleybrand
1 hour ago, Agent2583 said:

If we did have a Lego Racers 2 Remake, what would you change? 

I'm no expert but maybe make the NPC AI (the computer opponents) more challenging. Well saying that... the game got easy if you did all the bonus games on adventure and purchased all the engine upgrades. You could make your car ever so fast.

 

Another thing I mentioned about changing was in multiplayer games, allowing computer player opponents also. Where you play multiplayer split screen, it is only you vs. your friend. No computer NPC opponents what so ever. Which sucks. I would give the player the option to choose how many they would like to race.

 

ALSO: If anyone has any links to things to massively improve the base game, please post them. Always looking forward to improving the graphics, gameplay, etc. 😀

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bradleybrand

I get disappointed sometimes. The people required with the desirable skills are either live too busy lives, busy with other projects, lack interest or cannot be bothered. The LEGO Racers 2 game was just a fantastic game. (Key words in bold)

 

Five worlds - Sandy Bay, Dino Island, MarsArctic and finally Xalax. It was such a fun game and I highly recommend new players to try it out, or old players to give it another go. All those worlds have different race tracks - the tracks move around on the world for different routes. Just imagine racing your friends in these different tracks multiplayer! Maybe designing your own LEGO cars in the old, classic, retro 2001 era style!

 

A remake does not have to even have a single player, or that could come at a later date. All this really adds is the single player experience, hunting for the "Golden Bricks". This maybe a blast down memory lane for a lot of LEGO fans.

 

So... there is five wonderful worlds which would need to be recreated - Sandy Bay, Dino Island, Mars, Arctic and Xalax. Better water, lava and weather could be implemented in such worlds, while maintaining the cartoon like, LEGO style and feel. Even though the worlds were not made out of LEGOs, I feel with all the LEGO assets everything fitting in well with the LEGO creations. We would need a Multiplayer feature (ability to choose a name, choose/create a character, choose/create a car) which I would recommend as LAN (Local Area Network), unless people have other options. The worlds would need the same layouts for the race tracks of the former game - the ability for the tracks to change on the same worlds (moving around the lights, cones, barriers, checkpoints).

 

Such a project would be grand. One could not charge for any kind of project, but maybe even some donations to the team to try and motivate them to continue and put in more time, would be fantastic in my opinion. The years and years pass by and I just want this dream to come true. I want to race my brother, with different LEGO NPC character opponents, on race tracks of the different LEGO worlds, in a remastered LEGO Racers 2 - looking beautiful and fantastic.

 

If I had the desired skills, I would start the project myself. Release some stuff. Maybe encourage others to join.

 

I will also add that from a video I saw on YouTube, a LEGO Racers 3 was being developed and some other LEGO racing kind of games. I believe the company behind LEGO Racers 3 had a bad team and deadlines were not met and many problems with projects. That company went bust, I think it was bought with it's assets. If you search on YouTube you may find more details.

 

YouTube: The Secret History of LEGO Racers 3: 

 

Also check out this stunning, beautiful video of Sandy Bay 😃

YouTube: LEGO Racers 2 is Paradise City

 

 

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baraklava

I've been toying with the idea of re-creating Lego Racers (1 and 2) in Unreal Engine since I started working with it, I honestly think it'd go pretty quickly as landscapes, models and car mechanics all should be easily recreated with UE's engine. The only thing I haven't figured out completely is how building cars would work in a non-customized engine (it has to basically convert the pieces into a static mesh?). Car AI is also a bit finicky, but I've seen some tutorials of it. 

 

I would have to finish the Rock Raiders remake first though, one thing at a time lol so maybe next year

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bradleybrand
4 hours ago, baraklava said:

I've been toying with the idea of re-creating Lego Racers (1 and 2) in Unreal Engine since I started working with it, I honestly think it'd go pretty quickly as landscapes, models and car mechanics all should be easily recreated with UE's engine. The only thing I haven't figured out completely is how building cars would work in a non-customized engine (it has to basically convert the pieces into a static mesh?). Car AI is also a bit finicky, but I've seen some tutorials of it. 

 

I would have to finish the Rock Raiders remake first though, one thing at a time lol so maybe next year

That's understandable. I think I have seen some of your LEGO Racers work and you're doing a fantastic job. Once a stable version of that is released, I will be trying out that. I also look forward to some day a LEGO Racers 2 remake (either just Multiplayer or Single Player and Multiplayer). You'll learn a lot from the LEGO Racers remake which will help you if you ever undertake a LEGO Racers 2. Please go ahead with LEGO Racers 2 in the end though. Even if you have to link the game's sound files to the former LEGO Racers 2 game.

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baraklava
51 minutes ago, bradleybrand said:

That's understandable. I think I have seen some of your LEGO Racers work and you're doing a fantastic job. Once a stable version of that is released, I will be trying out that. I also look forward to some day a LEGO Racers 2 remake (either just Multiplayer or Single Player and Multiplayer). You'll learn a lot from the LEGO Racers remake which will help you if you ever undertake a LEGO Racers 2. Please go ahead with LEGO Racers 2 in the end though. Even if you have to link the game's sound files to the former LEGO Racers 2 game.

I think you misunderstood me, I haven't started re-creating LEGO Racers, but I started on Rock Raiders. However the engine I've using, Unreal Engine, is so easy to use that I think recreating Lego Racers in it, either 1 or 2, would be incredibly easy. I think it might be nicer to make a completely new game though, akin to Project Island, and make LR 1 and 2 "available" in that game instead.

 

As for multiplayer, that's definitely natively supported, but I haven't explored it in UE yet

 

Do you have any programming/other relevant experience?

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Mysteli
12 hours ago, baraklava said:

I think it might be nicer to make a completely new game though, akin to Project Island, and make LR 1 and 2 "available" in that game instead.

I fully support an original game over a remake, while having the options of remaking the classics within it a possibility for those willing to go there. It opens up the door to a lot more creativity this way which is much funner than making an updated clone.

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bradleybrand
13 hours ago, baraklava said:

I think you misunderstood me, I haven't started re-creating LEGO Racers, but I started on Rock Raiders. However the engine I've using, Unreal Engine, is so easy to use that I think recreating Lego Racers in it, either 1 or 2, would be incredibly easy. I think it might be nicer to make a completely new game though, akin to Project Island, and make LR 1 and 2 "available" in that game instead.

 

As for multiplayer, that's definitely natively supported, but I haven't explored it in UE yet

 

Do you have any programming/other relevant experience?

Oh I see sorry, another user had made some LEGO racing game I think called Ogel Land - but not entirely sure about the name. A LEGO Rock Raiders remake - fantastic! The old game has aged so much and obviously operating systems like Windows XP are needed for the best compatibility.

 

What I would suggest is this. The LEGO Racers 1 and the LEGO Racers 2 are entirely different games. Have LEGO Racers 2 as the base game, but have a menu option to play LEGO Racers, with it's tracks and cars. Or maybe the graphics and game play will be the same on both, to the point where LEGO Racers and LEGO Racers 2 cars and characters can race each other, who knows. In LEGO Racers 2 you can break up and damage your car - you may get hit by a rocket causing some of your bricks to fall off, or you may crash into something.

 

Please complete a LEGO Rock Raiders and think about starting a LEGO Racers game some day. I can guarantee you have huge amount of support - active forum users, non-active forum users, even people who are not signed up to Rock Raiders United!

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