Review: Hotshot Racing – SENSES

Hotshot Racing is the game for you who love racing with an emphasis on arcade feel.

I have always been fond of car games, but have never liked the “realistic” games where we have to feel every stone and vibration in the car and it feels like playing a string of wax paper on ice (Project CARS is nothing to me then). The games I like are the ones that are completely insane and fast, arcade-themed like Burnout and the classic Out Run. can Hotshot Racing join the crowd?

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Press photos in this article. Photo: Andy Griffith / Curve Digital

Hotshot Racing fits perfectly into this category of games. There is not much realism to talk about in this game, neither in the look nor how the cars behave – but you do not care. This is fast, fun and insanely addictive. It’s a pile “just one more time”-feeling at the game, quite simply!

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Then, that it’s perfect for yours Nintendo Switch does not make things worse. It’s just as nice to drive on the small screen, on the bus as it is to sit at home in front of the TV. The controls are tight and precise and it’s fun to succeed in getting into comfortable operation in the curves. On the other hand, I can feel that driving with a manual gearbox makes it difficult to both accelerate and shift at the same time when the throttle is Right trigger and shift up is Right bumper. You need to be very dexterous to make it feel comfortable…

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(Press photo Andy Griffith)

When you win, you get money and for them you can buy upgrades for your cars and your characters. There are a plethora of tracks and characters to play through and now a storm free expansion has also been released Hotshot Racing which really makes the game affordable.

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Fun to run Cops and Robbers mode! (Press photo Andy Griffith)

The look of the game comes from the fact that it is made up of a number of simpler polygons (very angular and simple appearance, a bit like the SEGA classic Virtua Racing). This means that when there is a lot going on in the world around, it gets a little flickering on the screen, when the pixels do not really know where to go. It’s not a dealbreaker and that makes the game play as well as it does, but it sometimes gets a little difficult to bring in certain things.

In summary, that is Hotshot Racing a really fun car game, which fits perfectly with your Switch. So a warm recommendation to this.