Review: Music Racer (PlayStation 4)

Music Racer is a musical arcade game, where you get to race at full speed while dodging obstacles to the rhythm of the music.

Pros:

  • Cool neon graphics.
  • 480.5Mb download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Runner style gameplay.
  • Basic car/wheel color customization.
  • Photo mode.
  • Camera options-Shake, Blur effect, and distance slider.
  • Four difficulties- Standard/Zen/Cinematic and hard.
  • 23 music tracks.
  • Over 20 cars/bikes/sleighs to buy.
  • 14 tracks.
  • Coins-collect on the track to buy levels and tracks.
  • Two control styles-Simple and advanced.
  • Game-you drive between the tracks and collect coins whilst avoiding obstacles.

Cons:

  • No real tutorial.
  • Feels a bit aimless as the lure of unlocking tracks and cars is not that appealing.
  • Music is not for everyone.
  • No leaderboard support.
  • It takes ages to build up cash.
  • No real punishment for hitting obstacles.
  • Cars are just cosmetic.
  • It can be hard to see the track.
  • Cannot import or play your own music.

  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 6/10
    Sound - 6/10
  • 6/10
    Accessibility - 6/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 6/10
    Fun Factor - 6/10
6.4/10

Summary

Music Racer is a game that plays like a runner game. You drive between lanes and collect coins and avoid obstacles. Sounds good but the controls and movement feel really loose, you get no real punishment for hitting obstacles or generally messing up. Coins take so long to build up and get new cars and locations. Even then the cars all handle and play the same so they land up being just a cosmetic thing. Levels feel lifeless and flat with you only getting a nice backdrop when unlocking tracks. It doesn’t really serve a purpose at the end of the day, it’s just a big long grind with some alright music going. Music Racer is a flat experience with nice cars but it will take you months to get!

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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