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Jolt Review: G1 Jockey 4 2008

Jolt.co writes: "If you're in any doubt about the fact that real horse jockeys have skill, spend some time with G1 Jockey 4 and see if you don't change your mind. Japanese publisher Koei's horseracing simulation is as specialist and focused a title you can get, but within the limited confines of the game's horse tracks you'll find mind boggling attention to detail and, if you can master it, a surprising degree of excitement.

Drive timing, whipping techniques, leading legs and favoured positioning are all factors to be taken into account when jockeying a horse, as is a particular horse's motivation, stamina, spirit, obedience and potential to be pushed. All of these things and more are crucial factors in determining the outcome of a race, which hinges as much on strategy as on skill and timing.

G1 Jockey 4 2008 has decent variety in the horses and riders, as you'd expect, but it isn't much to look at, though again that's hardly surprising from a game that's not so much leaping to next-gen as cantering. That doesn't really matter when you're playing it, though, because you'll spend too much of your time looking at gauges, dials and meters on the interface to actually notice."

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