Reviewed on the Playstation 5
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you fused Cruis’n USA and Mario Kart? Well wonder no more because we have just that with Hot Wheels Unleashed. So does this game live up to either game? Is this game worth your time or money? Let’s dive into it.
Let me start off by saying that this game is genuinely good. It does have some faults, but none of those take away from what is a solid game overall.
I can’t stress enough how impressive this game is visually. It’s the little details that amaze me. Everything from the track, to the environment around the course, and the cars themselves look amazing. The cars are amazingly well designed and crafted. Each one is the splitting image of the cars that I remember playing with growing up.
The game is fun. It uses familiar racing tropes like boosts on the tracks and drifing into turns that builds your momentum. If you’ve played a Mario Kart game then you’ll be right at home with Hot Wheels Unleashed. The major differences are that Hot Wheels doesn’t have the weapons or traps available to use. Experienced racers might want to ramp up the difficulty to hard. Neither easy nor medium provide enough of a challenge for veterans of the genre to stay interested long term.
There is no other way to say it. This game has a dope ass soundtrack. There’s one funk instrumental that absolutely slaps.
I didn’t like boxes you have to buy to unlock new cars. Many times I kept getting the same car and that really sucks when each box cost a sizable amount of the in game currency. Another flaw is the “time to beat” level. These “time to beat” levels don’t feel like their worthwhile. They fill like bloated content that was added just to provide more content. This game doesn’t even try to provide a narrative for gamers to invest in.
Overall/Should You Play Hot Wheels Unleashed:
Overall if you are looking for a solid racing game look no further than Hot Wheels Unleashed. Is it perfect? Not even close, but it is a fun, well crafted experience that any racing gamer with enjoy.