Review: Horizon Chase Turbo (PlayStation 4)

Horizon Chase Turbo is a racing game inspired by the great hits of the 80’s and 90’s: Out Run, Top Gear, Rush, among others. It recreates classic arcade gameplay and offers you unbound speed limits of fun.

Pros:

  • Gorgeous 16-bit graphics.
  • 776.3MB Download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Can remap controls by individual profile.
  • A racing game inspired by classic games like Outrun.
  • Online leaderboards support.
  • Time trial ghost support.
  • Tokens-Littered across the level.
  • Fuel-Goes down but you can pick up more in the game and any unused fuel is turned into a points bonus.
  • Points- Earned from racing, Tokens, and fuel and is used to unlock races and cars.
  • Thirty plus cars to unlock.
  • Very fast loading.
  • Two starting cars.
  • Super trophy- Awarded when you get first place and collect all tokens in one go.
  • Speed start/ slow start.
  • Smooth arcade handling.
  • Clear HUD including a minimap.
  • A lot of replayability.
  • Turbo- You start with a couple and can sometimes grab more in game.
  • Unlock bonus races that finishing in first gives you upgrades to all your cars.
  • Different times of the day.
  • Three game modes- World Tour, Tournament, and endurance.
  • Three difficulties for the tournament- Amateur, Professional, and master.
  • Four player local multiplayer support. Uses a party system.
  • Four locations- USA, Chile, Brazil and South Africa.
  • Uses DS4 speaker.
  • Nice track design.
  • Music by Barry Leitch who was behind the soundtracks of classic arcade racing games Lotus Turbo Challenge, Top Gear and Rush.
  • Fun to play.

Cons:

  • Hitting cars shunts you a way back and slows you. In fact it is more detrimental than just flat out crashing.
  • You have to unlock tournaments and endurance modes.
  • No actual tutorial.
  • Only one view.
  • No customization for your cars.
  • Slow to unlock things.
  • No online racing.

The Numbers:
  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessability - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8/10

Summary

Finally a homage to not just Outrun but to all of the classic racers of the 80s and 90s. It does a really good job of not only combining all mechanics but also provide an enjoyable addictive romp. The handling is so smooth and responsive and just evokes nothing but good feelings. A game every retro gamer needs to add to their collection.

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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