Hotshot Racing Review (Xbox One)

  • Genre: Racing
  • Developer|Publisher: Sumo Digital, Lucky Mountain Games | Curve Digital
  • Age Rating: PEGI 3 | ESRB E
  • Price: UK £15.99 | US $19.99
  • Release Date: 10th September 2020

We recieved a review code from lucky mountain games, sumo digital and from publisher relations of curve digital. We reviewed Hotshot racing on the Xbox One, providing a full comprehensive review.

Hotshot Racing is certainly a racer that brings so many memories from other hit racing games and ideas from other titles. For me personally, I got a lot of Outrun, Burnout 1 & 2 vibes via its boost mechanic which will be covered later in the review, and the music is so catchy as well!

Gameplay

It’s a solid racing game which will appeal to a lot of gamers. With its simplicity controls, drifting or snake other racers to fill your boost gauge. You will soon be pulling a Vin Diesel face when you go zooming past your fellow competitors. Other than boosting, hotshot isn’t a bad racer at all. As much as it isn’t offering that much new to the table to what we already have experienced, it’s certainly good to the formula. I’m sure a lot of gamers will get Outrun vibes and maybe a few such as myself with the likes of Burnout 1 & 2 more predominantly from this game.

You can select characters which will offer different cars. The more races you finish and earn money. You can customize the look of your chosen car, avatar items and more. The depth of customization is pretty good, offering plenty of choice too.

Hotshot follows the early Mario Kart formula. 16 tracks overall with 4 cups available. You can choose from normal, hard and expert. Playing on hard or expect is certainly a challenge. Managing your boost and when to use it is crucial, yet throughout each difficulty. The AI catch up is quite significantly obvious too.

The game also supports 4 player splitscreen and upto 8 players online. It requires at least 4 players to begin a match and the AI will fill the vacant slots.

Graphics, sound and performance

The developers have gone for a comic/cel shading graphics. I really dig the visuals, it’s unique and make its different from other racing games. I think if they chose to go down a different route, I’m sure it would probably fall into the generic racer bin, and get picked up at a later date. The visuals hotshot has is refreshing, not proving to be powerhouse in that department either, it’s being itself.

As far as themes go along. You will be humming to the various sound scores this game has to offer. I don’t think I have stopped humming, it’s that good!

Haven’t encountered any performance issues yet via singleplayer. I did encounter some freezing and loss of connection a few times when trying to connect to matches or when in a race itself. Overall the game seems very stable, so no complatins from me.

Conclusion

I would say the game is pretty fun to play. £15.99 worth it? Yes and no. As much as I have painted the picture quite well for Hotshot Racing, which I do stand by it. I think the game will become rather repetitive quite quickly. Customization alone isn’t going to give the game longevity, as there is only so much you can do with it. Hopefully the game will be supported with more tracks and added features to give more spice to the already good gameplay it does have on offer.

Verdict

Hotshot Racing is a good game. With its crisp visuals, tone catching music and robust gameplay. You will have fun, yet it does have its banana peel moments.

7/10

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