The raw, high-stakes world of illegal street racing comes to life in Street Racing Syndicate. Trick out over 40 authentic licensed cars with parts from over 15 real-world manufacturers, then turn your customized ride loose on the streets of 3 cities across the USA.
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Release Date: Jan 8, 2005
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"Kouen and Lasharus get stuck in the slightly over-blatant Street Racing Syndicate, racing their way through an inner city and causing all sorts of chaos"
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The raw, high-stakes world of illegal street racing comes to life in Street Racing Syndicate. Trick out over 40 authentic licensed cars with parts from over 15 real-world manufacturers, then turn your customized ride loose on the streets of 3 cities across the USA. Lay it all on the line - your wallet, your woman, your pride and your wheels. With masses of perfectly tuned, nitrous-stoked horses under the hood, the only thing between you and victory is the distance from the pedal to the floor.

Features:

  • Street Racing Syndicate is one of the most realistic street racers ever to grace PC. Modify over 40 authentic licensed cars - including the signature Nissan Skyline - with aftermarket parts from over 15 licensed manufacturers. Cherry your ride with a variety of real-world decals and graphic upgrades.
  • Burn the competition to win cash, street cred or better yet, your opponent’s wheels. Earn the affections of 18 real-life models from the world of import racing
  • Blow a turn or bump a fellow racer and incur damage in real time. Pay for repairs with your hard earned cash.
  • Mix it up across Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Miami in both closed-circuit and perilous open-city races. Know your side streets and prepare to shake the cops at any moment.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7/8
    • Processor: 1 GHz Processor
    • Graphics: 32 MB DirectX 9.0b compatible video card
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54 of 72 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 4, 2014
NOStalgia.
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
As the highlight of the bundle I got this in, this old racer still packs a lot of punch. Fun races, using a combination of keyboard and mouse-driven steering, and fairly good graphics to go along with it. Pretty girls to ogle, too.

And don't be afraid to get a little mischievous and go the wrong way and/or take a detour and explore the other areas of the maps. It's a LOT of fun, as well.

Only downside is that there aren't many maps, but I'll overlook that.

Check it out...
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
**Please keep in mind that this Review is simply a matter of opinion, based upon certain facts of the game [age/PC requirements/etc.]**

SRS, Where to begin on this?.. First and Foremost, If you're looking for a game thats entirely seamless and has top of the line graphics on the vehicles, You may as well stop this review, and head to another page, as this game is nearly 10 years old now (Came out late 2005).

With that aside, SRS has many features that even most current games do not give you the luxury of changing anymore.

The Pros:
1) Get to Customize your car [i.e. weight reduction (for carbon fiber peices), A Body kit (sadly, only 1 for each car i have tried that is... beside the stock body), Underglow (to which you can change between about 8 different colors), Body+Rim paint, etc.]
2) You get to choose which parts can go onto the car, they have about a 18 parts from real life authenticated part manufacturer's that you can use to upgrade your car with, turning that 343HP Nissan GT-R, Into a 918HP AWD Road Beast ;)...
3) The game is fairly realistic in its driving (except the fact you can obviously keep driving after hitting someone going 120... but hey, its a video game), But on that note. You dont want to go around and wall grind around corners like alot of people do in NFS. It makes for a very costly repair bill after your races.
4) ^ In note with that, It honestly makes you a consious driver, As you NEED to avoid obsticicles if you want to start earning money toward that awesome car you're waiting for, Giving it that realistic feel. (Repair bills are a B!@#$.)
5) What it adds over the other games, Is the fact you can free roam everywhere without limitations toward the map. (But the map in its own is fairly small and rugged)
6) Races are gauged by a 'Respect' system, You earn respect by running races quickly and cleanly, And throwing in a bit of spice to mix the pot.
7) [and probably the best/most reason everyone whose played the game prior for] The girls. Yes, As you race, you get the chance to earn yourself a Girlfriend, (18 in total, all unique, their own descriptions and they even went as far as to add comments as to what they like) Each girl has 3 Videos of them dancing as you race with them tagging along with you. (Except for one, which i heard is bugged with only 1 video, unsure as to which one so far)

The Cons:
1) The graphics are pretty out-dated (but hey... its 2014, and this is a 2005 game, still not the worst..[could always go back to GTA2?.. bahaha])
2) The maps are small.
3) There is no real story to the game.
4) To those of you whom play RPG games, This Racer has a 'Grinding' feel to it. As you end up repeating alot of races in order to get the car/upgrades that you desire.
5) The modifications are pretty limited, (both tuning wise and cosmeticly)
6) A (decent, but) Small quantity of vehicles to choose from. [If you are into muscle/luxury cars, and dont like racing with anything else, dont bother with this game, as it deals with mainly tuner styled cars (save for the Lexus IS300)]
7) The game goes by fairly quickly, I've got just under 9 hours on record currently, and i already have the 2nd most expensive car, and beaten nearly every race perfectly.
8) Is meant as a keyboard game, Not fully integrated for PS3/xbox360 controller use.

All in all, I would definately recommend this game for those of you who are nostalgic with old racing games (weather it be this one specifically or racing in general) But would definately just add it to your wishlist untill it comes on sale, unless you're die-hard for those videos ;) haha.

**As a side note, For anyone who plays/buys the game, keep in mind that upgrading and buying high-end modifications for your vehicle wont always make it the fastest, weather the fact its a bug in the game [which would not suprise me] Or just the way the designed it.

As an example. I've got the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII ('04 model) [which is unlocked before the '02 Evo VII]. Did a few minor modiciations to it, bringing it from the 200HP or so it started at, up to 814HP. It will go 0-60 in 2.5 seconds, But the top speed maxes out at a measly 160mph (claims 162, but i couldnt pull it off, even downhill).
While on the other hand, I have a Mazda RX-7, which has about 740HP, but maxes out at a stunning 190mph.

If you have any questions, Please drop me a comment, and i'll do my best to help out.
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
I remember this game used to be good when I first played it on PlayStation 2 at my friend's house. But maybe that is because I was not so picky with video games in 2004.

But now that I play this game with more attention, I wonder if all these flaws were present on console.

  1. The maximum resolution is 1400x1050 which is unfortunate. The game is old, I know.

  2. The cutscenes seems to be blurry, like if I was watching a poor gif picture with sounds.

  3. The audio is bugged. The sound engine of my car randomly become quiet many times around the 4th gear like if I was driving an electric car...

  4. The car handling is terrible, I do not feel the physics or anything like that. Surely Need For Speed Underground had much better physic than this game, I can not remember...

  5. When I drive at 130 MPH, I feel like going at 40 MPH. I do not feel the speed at all... But I am using a semi-upgraded beginning vehicle so maybe I need something better. But anyway, 130 MPH should still be pretty fast in other video games.

  6. It seems that this game have a bad contrast. You can never really see a black color in this game, more like gray. I do not really feel like re-calibrating my color settings just for this game.

  7. The playlist seems extremely short. I think I have heard the song "Microphone check" at least 10 - 20 times during my 1 hour gaming session.

  8. The default controls for the gamepad like the Xbox 360 controller for example is awful, but at least you can re-bind the controls.

Other than that, I think the game is still good. I am just disappointed, I was not expecting that.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
Put in short, this is a LESSER version game of Need For Speed, most probably NFS:Underground.

Starts with some cash, purchase your 1st car, won races and get money, upgrade your car etc. It's a little bit repetitive gameplay like Gran Turismo. The physics is real enough for me, with REAL DAMAGE on car and you'll need your hard earned money to fix it. But what i like the most about this game it's OPEN WORLD! When i said Open World, it means real open world, with the cop squad chasing you if you speeding right in front of them etc.

During the game, there is "Respect Points" which is gained by performing great skill(s) like drift and "two wheelers" both during free roaming in the city and race. Collects enough points you will unlock new challenges, and get new hot chicks too! lol

Graphics is great but don't expect a high end graphics from a game from 2005!

Overall, it's not a 100% solid game but it sure worth the money and time. And i got this during the sale! hehe.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
Hey guys,
First of all the keywords there are "Nostalgia" and "Old but gold"

Pros:
+U can rice the sh#t out of the cars with fancy vinyls with Japanese girl characters or flames
+You can choose from 3 gear-boxes: Auto; Semi-Auto; Manual
+Grapichs with max resolution and max settings can`t burn your eyes out like on lowest(It`s really a challange)
No but really they aren`t that bad!
+You can OWN GIRLS beating the lap records of ex boyfriends
+Your bodykit actually affects specs of cars
+You can damage your cars and you`ll need to pay for that

Cons:
-/+The engine sound randomly disapears while racing so it feels like driving Tesla in some moments

Suggestion:
Buy RWD ride
Cornering with FWD is such a struggle!

Opinion:
I Can`t understand why people compare this with nfsu, yea of course both are racing games and in both you can upgrade your car!
But in SRS you can: Damage cars; OWN GIRLS; PLACE BETS; STREETRACE FOR MONEY 1x1 with "big boys" standing in streets
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
Old But Gold
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 12, 2014
Funny racing game. You can customize your cars like you want. Ideal for older PC because low system requirements. On Windows 8 64bit is buggy Anti-Aliasing (screen is blinking)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
If you are into Arcade racing games specifically import tuners then look no further. This game will scratch that itch. PLus the added element of girlfriends is pretty neat as well. Great game and well worth 10 bucks.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
This game is like NFS Underground
Online MP dont work
LAN work fine
7/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
It's a fun little street racing game with eye candy (as best as 2004 can offer) and a decent selection of cars. Easy to control but navigating car customization is annoying and sometimes your engine noise can cut off.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
Good game. Reminds me of the Illegal street ricing games of yore, mostly because it IS one of those games. Be warned though, the PC port is jankey, and you will need to do wierd stuff to get widescreen to work.

Also the in game music is HORRIBLE. HORRIBLE. "Ok, so it's not exactly Halo/GTA IV/NMRIH/Hotline Miami/Sonic levels of quality, so what?". Well, if you like 10 C-list gangsta rap songs from 13 years ago, then by all means leave your speakers on and enjoy the music. I ran for the music volume in the menu as fast as a I could. Just consider this a "bring your own music" game. I recomend Kavinsky, Boards of Canada, Mitch Murder, Aphex Twin, Lazerhawk, Carpenter Brut, M-O-O-N, Perturbator... umm, you get the idea. New Retro Wave Hipster music. NOT THE IN GAME MUSIC.

Anyway, what the heck are you doing in this game anyway? Rather simple, You start out in typical fashion winning a bunch of money in a random race in somone elses car, then you have $30,000 to spend on a car. Bet your money and win more stuff. Win and repeat or lose and die. The end. And earn worthless rep.

Oh, and the police in this game are derps. GOTTA GO FAAAAAAST
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ymqb047ZZmw
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
Really great game. Really entertaining when you get into it. It gets really hard at the end.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Might just be better than NFSU2, can't really believe that!
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130 of 152 people (86%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 24, 2014
Loved this game on the ps2 was the 1 of the best at the time and now I can play it again on pc :D. Fully works on windows 7 64bit
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64 of 68 people (94%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 25, 2014
its kinda like... babys first street racer.

its so incredibly average, nothing is done particularly well, but nothing is really bad either. i'd reccomend for anyone who just likes casual racing every now and then but isnt too serious about it, or just has a lower-end PC that cant handle the more modern racers. if you're not either of those, you probably have a better racing game in your collection already. this one is worth picking up on sale, at the very least.
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86 of 101 people (85%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 24, 2014
Great fun racing game. Brings back PS2 memories. Great customization and car selection. But here's a warning, it's kinda cheesy.
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59 of 71 people (83%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 24, 2014
This game is one of the greatest games I have ever had the privilage of playing because it was not super modern. It was fun to play did not take alot of time, and offered all the customization of a modern game in this NAMCO classic. I grew up on NAMCO when they were in the arcades so when it came to this game it reminded me of playing Tokyo Xtreme Racer which was also another awesome, but simple title. The Graphics were not the best, but still this was just classic. Also any racing game with a Nissan Skyline are worth playing. This is a great game too bad games are not like this anymore now its learning a whole system of mumbo jumbo this game you race, you win, you snag the import tuner models(well I have not gotten to that part dont know if its still in the game or not), and you have many customization options that are not even present in most racing games i.e (grid 2) so yeah i love this game its just too bad their is not multiplayer and its funny how the game goes into sleep mode when you click the sign in button lol.
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83 of 110 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 1, 2014
The only reason i bought this game is to watch those hot chicks dance and i can take a screenshot of them.
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 28, 2014
Well, this was a surprise. Out of nowhere this 2004 multiplatform street racer dropped on Steam in the middle of the week, causing me to throw my hands in the air and wave 'em around (almost like I didn't care) much like one of the short-shorts and high heels wearing fly girlies in this game who mob your car and celebrate your racing wins for some reason. Here's hoping they keep coming, I love these blasts from the both distant and recent past that have been appearing en masse on Steam lately.

That said, this game is okay in 2014. Not great, not bad, but unlike many other genres, sports and racing games tend to suffer a little more with age. The game looks fine considering its age and target platforms, and it runs easily at 60fps on modern equipment, but there's just not the greatest sense of speed present. That can be mitigated by switching to the hood camera, but really, that's never been one of my favorite views for driving games.

There's a deep career mode with a bare boned open-world element, a quick race mode, and seemingly endless menus of vehicle upgrades and customizations one could partake in. There's also plenty of "2 Fast, 2 Furious" type cheesiness if you want some laughs, and lots of weirdly sloped polygonal butts and boobs to ogle if that's your bag. Lots of fun to be had here for people with the proper mindset.
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