Xenon Racer Review
We have had a really ripe period for racing games on the Xbox really with the likes of Forza Horizon 4 sitting right at the top of the tree and that looked stunning, but Xenon racer right from the outset is eye-catching.
The concept of the game is that we are in the not too distant future of 2030 and racing is moving to magnetic levitating cars so the manufacturers have cooked up one last tournament on four wheels.
So we have an interesting concept and some really stunning initial graphics….
Unfortunately that is where the good stuff ends, the sad fact here is that the game is just really not any fun to play, you are forced into a tutorial that feels like you are being pushed and shoved along and not given any sort of freedom explore what you are being shown.
The game is totally arcade focussed which is fine especially if you fancy a few races in a game without all the pressure of the simulation or physics handling but this has gone to the extreme opposite.
Essentially there is no punishment for attempting a corner too fast, slipping the steering wheel or whatever you do, everything very quickly becomes repetitive.
The damage models also seems fairly shallow as you can basically use all of your 100 points of health and be reset back onto the track with a fresh 100 meaning that there is not really any major punishment there for destroying your car.
There is little here to keep you coming back beyond the first few races in all honesty, the tournaments don’t draw you in, the car customisation options while looking nice that you can paint your cars in some pretty colours with some good metallic effects don’t really do very much.
On top of the poor handling and repetitiveness the soundtrack of the game will only appeal to a certain audio clientele, if you are a big electronic dance music fan you may be ok but for everyone else, hit the menu key and turn off the music! I don’t mind a bit of dance music myself but this is pretty grim.
All in all don’t be drawn in by the screenshots and initially very impressive graphics, the game is shallow, repetitive (as you may pick up by my repeated use of the word) and can be boring at times.
I’d struggle to recommend this to most people, and definitely not to anyone who is a racing game aficionado, this will annoy you in many many ways, especially at the £39.99 price point there is a huge amount of choice from 2018 that you can pick up for a much better price.
With thanks to SOEDESCO for the Review code.