Heading Out Review (Steam)

Heading Out Review, It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey. Heading Out is an immersive driving game passionately inspired by cult classic road movies. Escape your fears by taking off down American highways on an emotional trip of discovery.

Heading Out Review Pros:

  • Awesome graphics.
  • 18.25GB download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Full controller support.
  • Graphics settings – resolution, fullscreen, graphics quality preset, camera shake, v-sync, and anti-aliasing.
  • Controller settings – sensitivity slider, and dead one slider.
  • 3 difficulties – narrative, balanced, and challenge.
  • Dyslexia font option.
  • You can set the gearbox to manual or automatic.
  • Five save slots.
  • Name your character (optional) and four cars to choose from. (one initially then you unlock the rest)
  • The game revolves around a road trip.
  • The radio customizes your experience and it changes based on your answers to questions.
  • Initially, you answer three questions, or you can just hit random answers.
  • Driving adventure gameplay.
  • Opening tutorial section.
  • In-game cutscenes and animated comic book-style sequences.
  • Full 3D world and you get 360-degree camera control.
  • Five driving views including far away and in the car with the dashboard.
  • The game is split up into sections and at the end of each one you get a breakdown of your performance.
  • You can skip cutscenes and any radio sequences.
  • Multiple choice encounters and questions as you play.
  • You are constantly being chased by fear.
  • Excellent presentation.
  • Has a really good voice-over/narrator.
  • Game mechanics at play are – reputation, fame, focus, car condition, wanted level, fear, and money earned.
  • A map of the United States is where you plan routes and actions.
  • Cities can have places for you to repair rest or buy items.
  • Three possible things can happen as you travel – story events, radio broadcasts, and road races.
  • When driving on the map after selecting a location you can accelerate (uses up more fuel), hide from the police, and get random encounters.
  • Police wanted level goes up from speeding, getting chased by cops, and doing certain missions.
  • Driving over state lines clears a wanted level.
  • Reputation plays a big part and actions will lower or higher it which affects what you can do in cities and what options you may get in encounters.
  • Feels like a well fully interactive choose-your-own adventure.
  • Focus is important as if it gets too low then you can crash when driving or have different scenario outcomes, you can manage it with rests and buying coffee or cigarettes, etc.
  • Everyone will have a different experience.
  • It’s just a lot of fun that doesn’t require too much brain power.
  • When driving in races and scenarios it does the Burnout thing of earning style points by doing risky driving like the wrong side of the road, near misses, etc.
  • Fame is earned from events and missions. Raising your fame means you get different scenarios, choices, and higher-level races unlocked.
  • At the end of an act, you get this cool breakdown and story on what you did, where you went, and who you interacted with, you get Screenshots of some of your exploits, and watch your driving on the map. It’s so well done, memorable, and impactful.
  • The game is doing a lot of new things and doing them well.

Heading Out Review Cons:

  • Cannot remap controls.
  • Never sure when the game has been saved.
  • The handling of the car is not good, sluggish, and cornering never feels good.
  • Can be really hard to see ahead while racing.
  • The first half an hour is just a lot of pop-up text.
  • A lot of radio chatter which is good but it never feels natural in terms of when it triggers.
  • The general pacing is very up and down.
  • Collisions and ragdolls are over-exaggerated.
  • It takes a while to get confident enough to rack up some good money.
  • Downtime reading and the action sequences need a bit of work in terms of their appearance and the balancing of the two.

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Heading Out:

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Developer: Serious Sim

Publisher: Saber Interactive

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Steam

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

Summary

Heading Out is a game that offers an immersive driving adventure experience with its unique features and mechanics.

The game stands out with its awesome graphics and a full 3D world that provides a 360-degree camera control. It offers five driving views, including a far away and in-car view with the dashboard. The game revolves around a road trip, and the radio customizes your experience based on your answers to questions. The game mechanics at play are reputation, fame, focus, car condition, wanted level, fear, and money earned. The game also offers a dyslexia font option, which is a thoughtful addition.

The game is split up into sections, and at the end of each one, you get a breakdown of your performance. It feels like a well-interactive choose-your-own-adventure game. The game also has a really good voice-over/narrator, which enhances the overall presentation. The game is doing a lot of new things and doing them well.

However, there are a few areas where the game could improve. The handling of the car is not good, it’s sluggish, and cornering never feels good. It can be really hard to see ahead while racing. The first half an hour is just a lot of pop-up text. A lot of radio chatter is good but it never feels natural in terms of when it triggers. The general pacing is very up and down. Collisions and ragdolls are over-exaggerated. It takes a while to get confident enough to rack up some good money. Downtime reading and the action sequences need a bit of work in terms of their appearance and the balancing of the two.

Overall, Heading Out is a fun and engaging game that offers a unique driving adventure experience. It excels in its graphics, gameplay mechanics, and interactive elements. However, it falls short in areas like car handling, pacing, and some aspects of the user interface. Despite these shortcomings, the game is doing a lot of new things and doing them well, making it a worthwhile experience for players looking for a unique driving adventure game.

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!