Only having played the arcade version of Daytona USA a handful of times I think the Saturn version is worth playing. It may not be arcade perfect (I can't tell ) but its still pretty good! And unless prices have changed a ton it can be had for a decent price.
Tbh though every racing game on the Saturn is insanely improved once you get the racing wheel (at least imo). While many are still really good with the regular pad or 3d controller once you get that racing wheel its a whole different ballgame.
There are many other ways you can play Sega Rally that are technically much better ports or emulations than the Saturn version too. That doesn't mean the Saturn versions aren't worth checking out, but depends on your priorities I suppose.
Sega Rally is a dirt-common game for the Saturn. It can be purchased for very little money. Heck, I remember when there was no point in listing it on eBay because you couldn't give it away. My advice would be to snap up a copy.
Daytona USA was the first title I bought for my PAL Saturn and I can remember being disappointed with the poor graphics and the horrible draw-in of the scenery. They addressed that somewhat with the release of Daytona CCE later on, but the new devs managed to fuck with the car handling a bit and made it feel very much not like the Daytona we knew from the arcades. I actually prefer the new version's handling nowadays, but it took a bit of getting used to.
Plus the dreadful music of the CCE version was simply awful, but that's purely subjective.
No matter how much you think the world revolves around you, you'll always be just a character in someone else's story.
I'm also a fan of Dreamcast Daytona. The only game worth getting a wheel for.
Get Sega Rally for Saturn. A stupendously great game with a great port. It will be cheap. It works brilliantly with a standard pad and the PAL port is superb - just as good as the NTSC version. I have both versions and can vouch for it.
I downloaded the PS3 version of Daytona the minute I heard of it and it's an amazing game, however being an old school gamer, I was disappointed that I couldn't change the controller config to play with the buttons instead of the shoulder triggers to accelerate and brake, but that's a small criticism of an incredible game.
Btw, Sega Rally on the Saturn gets played regularly in my games room. But, even after 20 years, I'm still not nearly as good as I'd like to be. I still never tire of trying to shave time off my best laps, though.
Gotta agree with everyone re: acquiring Sega Rally. A really great game. Took me some time to get used to it but once you do its amazing.
Many other racing games on the Saturn are also pretty good but some require an acquired taste. I like Sega Touring Car alot even though the handling is beyond weird. Also will have to admit one of my most played Saturn titles is F1 Challenge, though many people other than me seem to find this game beyond mediocre. For none car racing games Manx TT and Hang on GP 96 are also solid, if not a little short.
Oh, the hours I've wasted in F1 Challenge since the 90s.....
Such a great game, but looks a bit rough round the edges today (I refuse to use the hacky 'it hasn't aged well' line as it looks now exactly like it did back then). Hockenheim is still my favorite track after the full-length Sega track in the game.
But, Sega Rally? I still use the handling in this game as a benchmark for any other arcade-based rally title I buy. V-Rally 4 on the Switch, using the Retrobit wireless pad is the closest I've come to replicating the SR feeling.
I'm kind of jealous of anyone getting to play Sega Rally for the first time.
On topic, though - Buy Daytona CE, then CCE, then the original, would be my advice.
Ok thanks a lot for the replies. I could play the PS3 Version of Daytona USA and I really like the game. I will also follow the advice and get Sega Really for my Saturn Collection and for play. But although I know the Arcade version of Daytona by now I am still interested in purchasing a Saturn Version as well for playing and for collecting.
edit: Just as Rossi recommended already. Thanks for that.
captainkael Thanks for recommending other racing games as well.
davyk Yeah Manx TT really Looks like neat racing game with bikes. There is another bike game on the Saturn as well that Looks quite interesting but I have forgotten the name.
Good to know about the 3d Controller btw. I do not have one yet but i am planning to get one as well. It is not that I am not happy with the Standard Saturn pad. On the contrary I really like it but the 3d Controller has an very intriguing design (it Looks like the prototype of the Dreamcast Controller) and it also seems that some games can be better played with the 3d Controller. so the 3d Controller is a neat Addition to my Saturn set up for sure.
3D Controller definitely helps with some of the racing games. Not as good as the wheel, but pretty darn good.
The other bike game is likely Hang on GP 96. Also a pretty rad game imo.
rossi46 F1 Challenge does look a bit rough eh? I like the overall look, but most of my friends are like how do you play this?? Also, still can never believe how much better the game runs when you turn off the rear view mirror
I still love F1 Challenge, even after all these years. Even after all the PS1 Ridge Racers became a distant memory (even RR4, which still looks ace, especially though emulation). I still play F1 Challenge often and can somehow ignore the less-than-stellar visuals. Simply because the cars handle so well, or at the very least, in a way that I find agreeable. Also, the rear view mirror thing is spot on, always make sure you turn it off!
Manx TT, I bought full price on release and though it played well with the 3D pad, I always found it somewhat lacking. The game seemed to be designed in such a way that you could be well ahead of the pack, but as soon as you clip a barrier or mess-up a corner, the whole chasing pack flew past you immediately.
As for Hang On GP, well make sure you play it before Manx TT if you're going to check it out, because it stinks, by comparison. Again, just a personal opinion.
The regular Daytona USA is too painful to play now, CCE is much better. For me it was a strange situation, I had Daytona USA at some point in the past, but ended up not having it later. And then when I rebought it, it was the original and it just didn't seem right. Better graphics in CCE meant I originally had that version and not the original.