Hot Wheels: Turbo Racing Review
EA's approach into the new generation of racing is somewhat in the right direction. In conjunction with Stormfront Studios, they delivered a simulation title that doesn't try to simulate the real world racing. The game takes every detail from the Hot Wheel cars, loops and other accessories that make up the fairly old toy franchise.
What makes this game stand out from the other racers, is its gameplay. The fast rolling wheels going through loops, catching air off the ramps and converting that into a stunt, gives some people an adrenaline rush. Although you get to perform stunts, but the variety is not there and combos would be a good addition to the stunt system. Cars have a good grip to the road and the gamer gets a good feel of the cars. A good number of cars and tracks are packed into the game, and even more arise as you win the championships. The Artificial Intelligence was balanced very nicely and the opponents are not too hard or too easy. The option menu also impressed me with its difficulty selector that has a sliding bar to set your difficulty.
The graphics need to be worked on due to the limited number of colors. Going through a striped loop with a two color scheme could get annoying. In this case, the game could use some gradient and dithering effects to spice up the graphics. Details were worked out to the smallest parts of the cars. Many collectors will notice the cars in the game to be close to perfect to the toy models. But the fuzziness of the game takes away from the clarity of the detailed work.
Like the graphics, sound didn't do very well here. The sound effects and the soundtrack are of moderate quality. Engine effects are simulated with the engine very closely, which give a better feel of the game. If you have a Dual Shock Analog controller, you can really get a good feel of the game. The analog control and the vibration were both implemented, but the sensitivity of the analog control wasn't all that great.
All in all the game is great for a week or two. For some reason it didn't have the "stickiness" that keep us playing the game over and over. The bonus stuff gives the replay value a little boost but that's not enough. Rent this game before you buy and enjoy the computer animated intro.