Following in the wake of other retro racing games, comes Curve Digital, Sumo Digital Ltd, and Lucky Mountain Games “Hotshot Racing”. Which is a cross between some of Sega’s old racing games, “Outrun” and “Pole Position”.
Anyways, I think you get the idea. So as I was saying, this game features numerous modes (Gran Prix, single race with variants, time trials, an online mode), but is it enough to put it ahead of the competition?
To start with it, it appears that your presence in the racing line-up isn’t exactly desired…You see, all of your competitors with try and ram into you whenever they get a chance to do so (something of which tend to get very annoying after a while), as doing so sends your car into an almost out-of-control state.
I mean, sure, while that is something that should be very much expected in game modes such as “Cops and Robbers” and “Keep Moving modes“. It is certainly unnecessary everywhere else. Drifting is another problematic area – at least for a while. Because unlike most racing games, drifting is easy to control simply because there is no need to control it – as it’s just a matter of straightening out when need be.
However, “Hotshot Racing” is different, as you do need to maintain control all the way through a bend, otherwise, you’ll end up in one of the side objects (or hit by an opponent).
So once you get used to the fact that fine control over drifting is needed, it quickly becomes second nature. Well, at least until you come across a curve quicker than you expected…Even so though, the car control is good in general. So there isn’t a problem there, and the impression of speed is good.
Other than that, when starting a game, you can choose from a fairly good selection of drivers, a limited number of cars, difficulty, and automatic or manual transmission. Furthermore, your chosen vehicle has a boost system that is built up over time (usually by drafting other cars, and can only be used if at least one block is filled).
And right now I bet that quite a few are thinking these exact thoughts: “Yeah, yeah! So, what about the game’s racing track then?”. Well…The tracks are certainly colorful, although it does make it hard to see the track sometimes.
Occasionally, there are also things going on in the background, although you’ll be zipping along too quickly to take much in. The tracks themselves are looped and whilst have a few hills, troughs and sharp bends, aren’t particularly exciting – it’s all really bland.
As for sound and music. Well…The sound effects are fine, although the snippets from your driver get old very fast, and aside from the title tune…And pretty much all in-game music is quite forgettable. Graphically, the vehicles and background objects are very nice, with nice sharp edges. Unfortunately, the racing driver designs are hideous…
And sadly enough, the negative aspects of the game don’t end there. Please allow me to explain why that’s the case. Yes, there is indeed an online play mode to be found in “Hotshot Racing”. However, the server lobby is all empty most of the time…
In other words, the online aspect of “Hotshot Racing” is just as dead as Amy Schumer’s stand-up carer. So, I’m just going to wrap this review of mine up with the following words:
“Hotshot Racing” is an okay racing arcade game, but there is nothing particularly nor special about it for the most part, and the game isn’t exactly cheap either considering what you get in return for your money.
+ Very nice car graphics and the scenery is pretty good as well.
+ Car control is responsive.
+ Different camera views are available.
+ Different gameplay modes are available.
– The character graphics are pretty darn hideous.
– The in-game music is forgettable.
– There is nothing particularly outstanding with the track layout.
– Colour scheme can make working out what is the track, problematic.
– You continually end-up being rammed by your opponents throughout the whole game.
Sound and music: 3/5
Replay value: 3/5
“Hotshot Racing” is a competent racing game, with responsive controls and nice graphics (mostly). However, the game is let down by boring tracks and opponents that love trying to ram your vehicle instead of going around you…Furthermore, the game’s online multiplayer mode is dead in the water too…
I also find the price tag to be rather expensive as well considering what you get for your money…So you might want to wait until you could pick-up “Hotshot Racing” at a cheaper price range than it’s the current asking price.
Title: Hotshot Racing
Developer: Sumo Digital Ltd, Lucky Mountain
Resolution: Highest possible on PC
Release date: 2020-10-10
Difficulty: Progressively tricky
Spent time: + 2 hours
Average grade internationally: 71% Metacritic.com
PEGI age rating: 7+
Price: 17.49 Euros (via Steam)
Robin Ek – Editor
The Gaming Ground
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