Review: Slipstream (Steam)

Slipstream is a racing game inspired by the visuals, music, games, and cars from the late 80s and early 90s. It’s built on a custom game engine, with an authentic retro feel and unique graphics. The soundtrack, drawing from synthpop and jazz fusion influences, sets the tone for a race across a variety of exotic locations from all around the world, including cities, deserts, forests, mountains, and beaches.

Pros:

  • Lush graphics.
  • 230MB Download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Controller support.
  • Video effects- CRT, NTSC, NTSC and pixel, CRT and NTSC or no filter types. 30FPS mode on/off.
  • Three modes- Arcade, Quick race and Grand Prix.
  • Optional tutorial.
  • Grand Prix- Three cups, Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald.
  • Five cars each with unique stats.
  • Three difficulties- Easy, Normal and Hard.
  • 90s soundtrack.
  • Difficult.
  • 90s arcade racer atmosphere.
  • Racing gameplay.
  • Drifting mechanic in the game.
  • Responsive tight handling.
  • Fun to play.
  • VHS tape scanline effect in the menu.
  • Grand Prix- Choose a cup then a car, Earn money to upgrade your car.
  • Can change music tracks in the pause menu.
  • Looks so God damn good.
  • Stunning locations.
  • 15 Racing spots.
  • Slipstream mechanic.
  • Different weather along with day/night.
  • Arcade mode- Plays like Outrun. You are timed and must hit checkpoints to extend it. Has multiple choice paths and other drivers will show up and challenge you.
  • Minimap.
  • Ooozes retro.

Cons:

  • Weird scaling issue where I had to edit the compatibility setting.
  • Brutal tutorial mostly as the drifting is so erratic at first and hard to judge.
  • Achievements are disabled in easy mode.
  • Difficult.

The Numbers:
  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Accessability - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8.6/10

Summary

Slipstream is at first glance a typical Retro inspired racer that preys on your nostalgia twitches. Luckily I am here to say that is not the case, For this game may look and sound retro and take parts from said games, It evolves it and brings up to the modern benchmark by introducing a solid control scheme with many now staple mechanics like slipstreaming (Lucky as they had it in the game name)And drifting that is so much fun to execute. It has an Outrun-style mode but again adds to it by having random events happen in it. The game has so much to offer and is such a neat little package its hard not to fall for its charm. It is difficult though so strap in.

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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