Choo-choo! FFRacer Is A Train-Racing Moviegame

By Jim Rossignol on May 4th, 2012 at 12:30 pm.

You always did want to be a train driver.
So here’s a hybrid oddity: FFRacer, a game made from documentary footage of the train ride between Bergen and Oslo. The game plays the footage back at a speed depending on how you control the train, and the effect is quite dramatic. But it is just “go forward”? Apparently not: “The game includes 17 tracks that correspond to the 17 train stops between Bergen and Oslo. The player must complete each track before the time runs out by avoiding crashes and going at full speed. There is no maximum speed — the train accelerates as long as the player makes turns correctly.” There’s a 3-track demo on the site.

Video below.

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  1. roryok says:

    is this a train driver recruitment effort?

    • Kajo says:

      No, it’s a satire about modern day shooters

      • rokmek says:

        This game has potential to sell well in the market, adding a couple of terrorists popping out from time to time on the screen, some guns to fire at them and a story like “your mission is to protect the high-tech weapon transported by the train from those terrorists”.

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    yhancik says:

    The graphics have been clearly dumbed-down for consoles, how is my bendezium-coated triple-SLIed ultra-cored GPU supposed to deal with such insulting shaders?

  3. mageta says:

    what? O.o

  4. Squire says:

    This to me is on the same level of pointlessness as computer game fan-films.

    Especially the ones where people pretend they are playing COD:MW, in their own clothes with airsoft pistols with the orange caps on them, in an alley at the back of their house and it wouldn’t be complete without a roto-scoped instanteous respawning effect. I just wish people would leave games and film separate.

    In all seriousness, how good/shit do you guys/gurls think the Uncharted film will be? I reckon it will watch like National Treasure with a pinch of Indy Jones’ slapstick. By this I mean its pointless. The actors won’t sound or look like any of the game characters so where is the connection to the game since action scenes and things blowing up are pretty common in films already.

    p.s. – Man I am angry this morn/afternoon, I just want some sativex…

    • Sheng-ji says:

      If you didn’t enjoy Super Mario Brothers the movie, you are dead inside.

      • godgoo says:

        Bob Hoskins. That is all.

        • RakeShark says:

          Didn’t you used to be Eddie Valiant, thought you changed your name to Jack Daniels.

      • Squire says:

        I don’t think films made in Hollywood, that cost $40m count as fan-films. I may be wrong though, maybe Dennis Hopper was addicted to sugar AND Super Mario Bros.

    • rustybroomhandle says:

      Here http://youtube.com/watch?v=Pc8M1svxtpQ I made a pointless video game fan film. :)

      • brulleks says:

        Awwww. Nice work.

        I would have downloaded the demo for this game for the pure bizarro-factor had the d/l speed not been crippled at 160 kb/s. (The train driver game, not the cat-pounce-em-up).

  5. lijenstina says:

    The engine sound is great. Sounds like a 1300 cm3 4 cylinder at 3500 rpm.

    Is this the Desert Bus of the 21. century ?

  6. Spacewalk says:

    “Video below.”

    And in the game.

  7. gschmidl says:

    Oh boy, if only they could make one for Brighton’s Volk’s Electric Railway. The terrifying speed at which that thing moves is truly something else.

  8. Zeewolf says:

    Heh, I expect the sequel will be about driving a boat. For a very long time.

  9. Freud says:

    So how will the ‘crashes” look?

  10. Turbobutts says:

    I’m sure this is a railly great way to train your reflexes.

    • Vjaas says:

      Hope there’s a way to keep track of you best times.
      Also wondering on what other platforms it will be arriving.
      Maybe on the Play-station?

  11. Darth_Pingu says:

    An actual 1D game…

  12. Nemon says:

    Now I’m just waiting for the sequel, “Hurtigruten – minute by minute”. Which also starts out in the most beautiful of cities…

  13. Inverselaw says:

    I am so excited by this I dont know how to conduct myself.

    • Darth_Pingu says:

      Please try to stay on track.

      • Belua says:

        Yeah, we don’t want to end up derailing this thread.

        • fish99 says:

          I’ve been looking for a good train game for ages, this might be just the ticket.

          • brulleks says:

            I’m not convinced that the PC is the original platform for it though. It’s probably a shoddy port(er).

  14. faelnor says:

    So like megarace but with less game, then.

    • Joshua Northey says:

      Megarace! Haha I remember I got that for free bundled with something else in 1994 or something. Boy was it uninspiring.

  15. fish99 says:

    I prefer sandbox games. This is clearly on rails.

  16. trjp says:

    The idea of using video in this way isn’t new – the Japanese have had arcade and PC games doing this with local railways/subways for years now.

    They feed on the sheer precision of controlling speed/time, obeying limits and all that jazz (which is all most train driiving sims are – at the end of the day).

    All train games are also 1D really – you can only follow the tracks, after all.

  17. Kefren says:

    Great! I’d love one for the Cambrian Coast (Wales).

  18. TheBigBookOfTerror says:

    There should be an on rails shooter that combines a train sim (worrying about slowing down for sharp bends etc) with er… shooting. A steam punk western type setting maybe.

  19. tehfish says:

    If anyone fancies the original footage at realtime speeds with added electronic music, here you go :)

  20. djbriandamage says:

    Choochoos and psytrance! What a sweet little game!

  21. Skyfall says:

    Can someone please confirm that they have played FFRacer and that it is a real game?

    I tried downloading the demo, and when the download was complete my web browser told me that it suspected the file I had just downloaded was Malware.

  22. Walter Heisenberg says:

    Watch out Sonic CD the Sega CD has a new “Killer App”

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    yandexx says:

    How about this instead: