Review: Xenon Racer (PlayStation 4)

It’s the year 2030, the era of flying vehicles. A one-off championship for wheel based vehicles has been organized, with cutting-edge electric cars boosted by Xenon gas. Drift through cities like Tokyo and Dubai as fast as you can and claim eternal glory!

Pros:

  • Glorious HD graphics.
  • 6.32gb download size.
  • Opening race tutorial.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Racing gameplay.
  • Five modes-championship/fast race/splitscreen/edge/mode.
  • Graphics setting-performance or quality.
  • Three difficulties-easy, normal and hard.
  • Fast race-arcade mode where you pick car/laps/weather/location.
  • Drift-handbrake, brake accelerate or left off and reapply to accelerate. You earn a boost from drifting.
  • Photo mode.
  • Decent loading times.
  • Proper Ridge racer feels from the controls to the layout to the general atmosphere.
  • Bouncy happy hardcore style soundtrack.
  • Voice over guy.
  • Championship–branching Web of events, earn rewards and pick your route.
  • Five views from bumper to far.
  • Edge mode-time attack, checkpoint, elimination, and free mode.
  • Deep car customization-big catalog of decals and made easier by breaking into parts-vehicle, body mask, wheels and rims, front wing, middle wing, back wing, window and ERS (turbo).
  • Online-fast join, lobby, create lobby and leaderboards.
  • Day/night tracks.
  • Invite a friend option.
  • Arcade racer.
  • Cool locations.
  • Clear hud.
  • Easy to get into.
  • Expansive championship.

Cons:

  • Drifting is really hard to kick in regardless of the method.
  • Has a damage bar that once full resets you to the track. Feels unneeded.
  • Inconsistent opponent Ai.
  • Bad rubber and Ai.
  • Can be hard to make out the track at times.
  • Only one control scheme. starting a race is clumsy and doesn’t allow you to properly time your launch.
  • Slow to unlock cars.

Summary

Xenon Racer really does go for the Ridge Racer crown. From the opening tutorial race you K ow instantly this arcade racer takes a lot of inspiration from the series. It has 3 methods for you to earn boost by drifting but it is slow and awkward to pull off. In ridge racer, it’s silky smooth instantly (some would say it is over sensitive) but here it takes at least 3 attempts to firstly find the right method for you then you need to try and actually pull the bastard off. Constant tight corners and aggressive Ai makes the job even harder. It’s a big part of the game and for me, it put a bad taste in my mouth. Away from that and ignoring how elasticated the rubber band Ai is in all races, the customization game is strong. The music is excellent. I couldn’t do any online as I tried multiple times and never found a game, shame but it is what it is. In short Xenon Racer is a budget ridge racer and just makes me want another proper ridge racer game again. It may fill the hole for a time but overall Xenon Racer will aggravate not innovate.

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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