What I liked:
- The presentation side of the game ticked a lot of boxes for me and without a doubt both the visuals and sound design made racing and drifting that little bit more fun.
- I was very surprised by the amount of content the game had and if you can look past the unforgiving difficulty this game will no doubt keep you satisfied for ages.
- There’s a decent amount of upgrades and unlockables you can obtain during your time with the game and tweaking your car with these upgrades is worthwhile.
- The racing elements in the game have been done well and you’ll get a great sense of achievement when you master the decent tracks that are available.
What I didn’t like:
- I got frustrated a lot when racing and that’s mainly because the game can be way too difficult at times.
- It does get repetitive quite quickly because the gameplay lacks in terms of depth so I recommend that you play the game in short bursts.
- The AI is a little too aggressive in my opinion and whilst it was fun being battered at first this fun quickly turned to pure anguish.
Does Xenon Racer do enough to get a recommendation from me?
All in all I followed the development of Xenon Racer quite closely in the months prior to its release and I must admit that I went into reviewing this game with quite a bit of excitement. After playing the game then it became clear quite quickly that it has a lot of likeness to that of Ridge Racer, but the big question is was it as fun as the old-school Ridge Racer? The answer to that is no and that’s mainly because the difficulty of this game is off the charts but thankfully it does at least get quite a bit right. The presentation is something it gets right and I must admit that I thoroughly enjoyed what both the visuals and sound design brought to the table. The racing on the whole has also been done right feeling tight and fluid at all times whilst also boasting quite a lot of content for you to perfect your drifting on. Despite the decent amount of content I would still recommend that you play this game in short bursts though because it does get repetitive quite quickly and the aggressive AI will definitely have you pulling your hair out if played for too long. At the end of the day then Xenon Racer is definitely a mixed bag because at times it can be fun and enjoyable with plenty of upgrades for you to unlock along the way, but be warned this game is very unforgiving as well and the frustration that gets built up may end up turning you off from the game.
I rate Xenon Racer 6.5/10.
Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)
Release Date (Xbox One): March 26, 2019