Verfasst: 22. Juni
I fired the game up and was met with an advertisement saying it recommends I play it with an Intel HD GPU so you can already guess just how excited I was to sink my teeth in to this.
As far as the game goes, it's a very beautiful arcade racer (as opposed to simulation. Whether this is good or bad depends on your personal tastes). The models, the lighting, the sound effects are all on point and they start you off with a half decent vehicle and have you work your way up in to much nicer stuff. There's a fairly basic yet still interesting story that makes you feel like you yourself are working your way up the ranks rather than simply "YOU BEAT LEVEL ONE. NOW BEAT LEVEL TWO."
Another thing I should mention is the game has a "replay" function mid race. If you wipe out, you can simply hit a button and rewind the race about 8 seconds or so and try that part again. Is this very helpful to new players? Yes. Is this a great thing to have on a practice course where you're just trying to work on your cornering and fish-tailing? Very yes. Is this a good thing to have in the actual races? No. Look at it any way you want, it's hand holding and cheating. It's no different from gutter guards at the bowling alley and by having this function, it reenforces that you don't need to actually be good because your mistakes don't matter. It isn't simply "You screwed up, oh well. I'll let you retry but don't do it again." You have 3+ rewinds per race. You could argue that your mistakes actually don't matter because it's single player, who cares what you do? Let me come back at this with saying that Single Player should be readying you for competitive play, be it online or when a buddy comes over, or whatever. Maybe I'm just set in my old ways of racing where if you screw up, you start over from the beginning and you keep starting over until you get it right. Your opponents will be waiting for you to slip up so they can over take you and you keep running that track until you have it perfect so that you don't give them that opportunity.
However, everything I mentioned above is rendered null by one thing: stability. I cannot play this game for more than 12 minutes. I have timed it, it's 12 minutes and 14 seconds exactly, every time my screen goes black. I have since found out it has something to do with compatability issues with DirectX 11 but this is a 2013 game, DX 11 had been out for four years before this game's release. Why are we still having these issues? More over, why was this game designed for Intel GPU's? I have since found a workaround but I'm still beyond salty about how I've lost races not because I took a turn to sharp, not because someone else over took me, not because of anything I as a player have done, but simply a black screen.