Hotshot Racing Review (PlayStation 4)

Hotshot Racing review

Hotshot Racing is a blisteringly fast arcade-style racing game fusing drift handling, razor-sharp retro visuals, and an incredible sense of speed to create an exhilarating driving experience.

Pros:

  • Awesome graphics.
  • 4.54mb download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Racing gameplay.
  • Four modes-Grand Prix, Single Race, Time Trial and Online.
  • Audio preset-SFX focus, environment focus, custom, default, and music focus.
  • Arcade game presentation.
  • Grand Prix-four cups-The tour/Pro circuit/Racing elite and hotshot.
  • Three difficulties-normal, hard, and expert.
  • 8 characters who each have their own garage of cars with unique stats. You can personalize your character by buying or winning races.
  • Manual and automatic gear option.
  • Arcade racing with drift mechanic for building your turbo up.
  • Race replays.
  • Earn cash from racing and it depends on your position.
  • Can pan the camera around.
  • Five driving views including the in-car view.
  • Aggressive AI even on easy.
  • Your character will shout things out as you drive.
  • Car customisation options-palette, skin, bonnet, front bumper, rear bumper, wheels, side skirt, boot, spoiler, exhaust, hood blower, headlights, rear lights, steering wheel, dashboard, accessories, and Bobbleheads.
  • Unlock new options for your car by doing certain tasks and you can see what the task is.
  • Actions-you can drift to fill your boost or draft someone for an immediate boost.
  • Boost start.
  • Characters have an ending after finishing the Grand Prix.
  • Four race locations-Coast, desert, jungle, and mountain. Each has four tracks on them.
  • Online leaderboards and staff ghost times.
  • The single race has 3 game modes-arcade, cops n robbers, and drive or explode. Set difficulty and lap amount.
  • Online-quick race, ranked race, join a game (filters and browser), and host (private/friends/public).
  • Online multiplayer supports 2-8 players.
  • Online multiplayer allows bots to be added.

Hotshot Racing review

Cons:

  • Twitchy driving.
  • AI is very aggressive.
  • No tutorial race.
  • Only one control layout.
  • Only a couple of skins for characters.
  • Music is not a strong point.
  • Can’t save replays.

Hotshot Racing review

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Accessibility - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8.8/10

Summary

Hotshot Racing is a marriage of retro and modern, racing and skill, it brings all kinds of racers from the last few generations of games and makes a cohesive and addictive shooter. Pulling inspiration from games like Daytona USA, Outrun and Burnout, Hotshot Racing is a game that makes arcade racing fun again with a solid responsive drifting system, fun varied locations, and a presentation that you cannot help but smile at. Whilst I needed a few initial races to learn the drifting, it soon became second nature and the joy has never stopped. Overall I found Hotshot Racing to be one of the best modern retro games this generation.

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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