Drift21 Review (Steam)

The streets are calling for our Drift21 Review and we have the keys and are all ready! Drifting is life as you live it inch by inch. Engines, suspensions, wheels: more than 1800 replaceable components are available in your garage. Change specific parts to make the performance of your vehicle tailored to your driving style. With visual tuning – by changing body kits, paint color, and decals – you’ll create a drift car that’s one of a kind!

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Drift21 Review Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • Download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Controller support.
  • Graphics-fullscreen, resolution, v-sync, anti aliasing, quality (low/medium/high), Fov slider for in garage, real time mirrors (on/off) and smoke intensity (none/minimal/maximal).
  • Steering wheel support.
  • Can rebind and tweak controls and sliders for the controller, keyboard, and steering wheels.
  • Three game modes- Career, quick race/multiplayer, and sandbox.
  • Five save slots.
  • Saves carried over from Steam Early Access.
  • Controller settings-auto gearbox/clutch, engine stalls, invert axis and sensitivity sliders, dead zone sliders, and the force needed to apply for brakes and acceleration.
  • Five save slots.
  • Optional tutorial.
  • Car drifting gameplay.
  • Three modes-single players, Multiplayer, and quick race.
  • Garage-first person view, you can buy/upgrade/fit/unfit car parts and use the tools and lifts in the garage.
  • Dyno-hook your car up to it and get a readout on performance.
  • Missing parts button-handy button that shows any pieces you are missing and clicking them takes you to the shop listing for said parts.
  • Warehouse-in game shop for parts covering complete engines, engine, pipes, gearbox, drive train, exhaust, suspension, steering, brakes, rims, tires, car body, interior, and others.
  • Interact with your car by fitting parts.
  • Events-you, choose the car, track, mode, and any of the set challenges.
  • Mode-3 of them and are free ride, solo run, and time attack.
  • Five tracks-Drift land, school, Minami, North, and touge.
  • Shortcut menu wheel when in the garage.
  • Dealership-five cars to buy-Mazda RX8, Mazda MX5, Subaru BRZ, BMW E46 M3, and Nissan Silvia S15 all have a handful of colors.
  • When you buy the car it’s just the shell and a few parts, you need to get the engine and internals.
  • Paint booth-respray the car with default colors and custom sliders, add decals using a layering system, wheel paint mode and personalize the number plate.
  • Strong responsive handling.
  • Applying new parts to the car can snap into place.
  • When selecting an event, It will give a list of conditions and car parts needed. Luckily they have a clear green highlight icon to help buy and install parts.
  • Earn cash from events.
  • Five driving views including a steering wheel and dashboard views.
  • Quick race-same setup as races before except all cars and parts are unlocked and you cannot do challenges.

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Drift21 Review Cons:

  • No benchmark test.
  • The huge learning curve with the drifting.
  • Long loading times.
  • Difficult.
  • A lot of needless button presses and confirmation screens.
  • Cannot go full Street racer with your customisation as it does do neons and crazy body modifications.
  • a lot to take in.
  • No music in the garage or menu.
  • Menus are clunky.
  • Slow to get going.
  • Huge timesink.

Related Post: Drift21 Preview (Steam Early Access)

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Drift21

Official website.

Developer: ECC Games

Publisher: 505 Games

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Steam

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8.4/10

Summary

Drift21 is a very good drifting game. From its early access debut, it does improve a lot of the content in terms of tracks and events and add in an abundance of tuning options and car parts to tinker and mod your car. The handling model even on just a controller is really good once you get used to it, the tuning and mods side of the game allows you to do so much including how the controller itself behaves and this means the handling gets even better or manageable. Drift21 boasts realistic car models and their official road names and car names, you can play any mode and challenge on any track whenever you want and earn cash to build more cars. Again the shortcomings being the garage of cars is small (5) and there is no actual single player and instead of a collection of challenges that are very basic. Going forward the signs are good for Drift21 as they have nailed the most important part (the handling) and now the only way is up, I’m hoping for more locations and an actual story or career mode along with more weather types and car customizations. As it is Drift21 is showing encouraging signs of being a competent drifting game and what you have here is good but it comes in limited supply. Drift21 is the definitive drift experience as it caters to all kinds of players and allows gear heads to play around with all aspects under the hood.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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