Da-amn, my eyyyeeeeessss.
Fuck, this is fast.
I haven’t even gone over 1,000 kmh so far, my best so far was 896kmh. The audio-visual aspect of this is superb and god only knows how it looks on the Pro. There’s also a whole lot of depth to the game which is deceptive.
The best way I can put it is old school racing, new school looks and it is, in every sense, heir to the likes of Wipeout and F-Zero but with far more emphasis on speed.
The display is quite, quite artful - the health and energy bar are displayed either side of your ship towards the centre of the screen, this focuses your eyes on both the meters, your craft and the track and nothing else, because you need that exact focus.
I did 5 events and had to stop or my eyes would have melted. To my surprise I got a 1st on the Last Man Standing event, which was certainly unexpected given how smart the AI is. Yet, as far as I can tell, the AI doesn’t rubber-band, so you can win, fair ‘n’ square, by being damn fast. There’s a huge amount of subtlety to the control scheme and I haven’t even used the boost yet, nor worked out how to do so. Given how fast it is, do I want to? Errr… Never mind the idea of tilting up/down to further boost speed.
The events I did were varied too: To a degree it’s your standard events, but with a twist thrown in here and there. From what I can tell you get XP and money on every event you do, as you go up levels, more stuff unlocks - so, while it has some quite brutal AI, you always get something out of an event and the game isn’t interested in locking away its content in a punitive sense. I get the sense that play it for long enough and regardless of how good you might be, you unlock it all.
You want an AAA game from an indie publisher? Something that looks incredible but is from a small company who have no interest in the usual moves of season pass, DLC and microtransactions? Buy this. We haven’t had a game like this in years and may not do so ever again, so support it.
It’s also a wonderful example of a quick pick up and play title, while offering lots to explore for those who want to go deeper.