Preview: Pacer (Steam Early Access)

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PACER is high-octane anti-gravity racing at its most destructive. Customize your craft and weapons then engage in the campaign, a single-player race or compete against your rivals in explosive online multiplayer for the ultimate combat racing experience.

Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 17966mb Download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Controller support.
  • Graphics-fullscreen, resolution, v-sync, anti aliasing, fps limit, billboard videos, motion blur and graphics preset (custom/minimum/medium/high/epic).
  • Anti Gravity racing gameplay.
  • Three modes-Race/campaign/war (online).
  • Online leaderboards.
  • Pilot stats.
  • Garage-edit your ship by equipping cards to your ship slots- engine/handling/braking/anti gravit/left weapon/right weapon and skin cards for-Base/trail/exhaust/front/side/rear.
  • Five-speed classes–FF4000/FF3000/FF2000/FF1000 and Elite. (only the first one is unlocked initially).
  • Ten teams with unique ships and flags.
  • Three default load-outs of cards that affect stats.
  • Wipeout influence throughout.
  • Three driving views-close, far and cockpit (first person).
  • Speed boosts and pickups that are both defensive and offensive on the track.
  • Tech credits-currency to buy cards.
  • Explosive soundtrack with drum and bass, techno.
  • Fast-paced racing.
  • Controls-accelerate, boost, left and right weapons, rearview, air brakes for left and right.
  • Race-pick a mode (time trial/quick race/clean race/speed lap/elimination and endurance), laps, racers, track, ship and load out.
  • Tracks-eight of them with three variations on each of them which are-reverse/night and mirrored.
  • Online-search/create.
  • Lobbies-name, password, game mode, speed class, map, variant, laps, and bot support.
  • Online search has a lobby browser.

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Cons:

  • No tutorials.
  • Can’t rebind controls.
  • A bit laggy on the menu.
  • You have to unlock the tracks even just for race mode.
  • Only one initial game speed.
  • No difficulty/speed choice in race mode.
  • Help is basic pages of text with a short video clip but is not an ideal way to learn.
  • No music controls.
  • Cheap Ai moves/tactics.
  • The learning curve with the controls especially air brakes.

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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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