This product was reviewed on a PlayStation 4 Pro. It is also available on Steam. Code provided for the game by Aquiris.
Horizon Chase Turbo is a brand new arcade racing game from Aquiris Game Studio. It is inspired by arcade racing greats like those of the 80’s and 90’s, Out Run, Lotus Turbo Challenge, Top Gear (SNES), and Rush among others. There is a total of 31 vehicles and 109 tracks in Horizon Chase Turbo, spanning real world locations such as China, Japan, Hawaii and more. There are 12 Cups, 48 Cities, along with 12 upgrades available during your time with the game. There is also a leaderboard where you can enter your name and compete not only locally with your friends but globally as well.
The game reminded me immediately of old arcade racers Pole Position and Out Run. The turns and the feel of the car nail the almost recreation of that special gameplay back in the 16 bit era. With what feels like unlimited high-speed action through consistent upgrades to the fast paced passing and wrecks you will encounter while racing your way to be number 1. The mechanics for each of the cars feels like they were meticulously crafted as each handles almost perfectly. You will be second guessing yourself after each upgrade, wondering if you picked the right one to make your next few races as easy as possible. When you do get upgrades you aren’t stuck to a particular car, which is great as each track and each challenge seems to have its own unique style to which each car in your line up even if it was your first car is just as important as the last car you unlock. I found myself thinking that there was no way one of the first cars unlocked could win a race so late in the game but I was wrong. I used one of the very first cars with all the upgrades I had picked and found that it was the one I needed in order to score a 1st place run on that track. That is one thing that makes this racer so great. Usually as you progress in a racer you never go back to any of the older cars. Here, it’s a refreshing feeling to have so many cars to choose from and all of which have a chance of winning whatever race you are in due to the upgrades being applied to every car in your inventory.
Another great thing about this game is that it provides local split-screen multiplayer for up to four players. Yes, you read that right, up to four players. This is something not found in most any game these days and is something that needs to be praised when found. The game works great in local multiplayer and there aren’t any bugs or glitches from it being split-screen. You can race the entire game or only a few races with another person or chose to play the game entirely by yourself. There are no trophies related to multiplayer so there wont be any worries of server shutdown for any of those trophy hunters out there either.
The graphics are what you would image a 16 bit arcade racer would look like if it were remastered. The lines are smooth and no jaggies and the layout of each race looks unique and refreshing. There’s hardly anything you could say about this game graphically that isn’t a praise, especially for the price of entry.
The sounds of each car are also unique, you can hear low muffler sounds with engine roars to those of which are fitting for the car you chose. Although not fully authentic in its sounds, it does enough to offset each engine and allow the player to feel that the car chose was a different one than previously picked.
I cannot stress this enough, if you are in to old school arcade racers then you are doing yourself a disservice if you don’t pick this up. This game was so hard to walk away from to do my other reviews. I kept going back and challenging myself with my previous best on each race to get better and better. I had to pull myself off my PlayStation late at night in order to go to bed this game was just that griping and has me hooked. For those trophy hunters out there, this is another perfect title for you. The races aren’t terribly hard and they are definitely a lot of fun. There are no online trophies so you can control how fast or how slow you achieve the platinum. I for one will definitely be enjoying this game all the way to the platinum and likely beyond. We need more games like this in the store.
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I am a gamer of over 30+ years. I started back when the PONG console was out and have been gaming ever since. I primarily play on PS4 but also do play on Xbox One as well. I am a husband and a father of 5, along with a beautiful granddaughter whom we are adopting. Life is great and gaming is too. (PSN ID: RAMB0_ALLSTAR)