Music Racer DEALS
The music genre is a tricky beast as it has endured a steep rise, and an even steeper fall – and that’s just Guitar Hero. The only natural step is to change the guitar with a car, and the fretboard with a highway, and for Music Racer to come to the stage.
The concept of Music Racer isn’t too foreign to the rhythm game genre. You drop in a choice of 12 different stages which are all uniquely designed and visually vary from each other. However, no matter the choice you make between them – they all actually play exactly the same.
In the game, you choose your type of car and race along 3 lanes while collecting beats to the music you’ve chosen, and along the way, there are obstacles to avoid depending on the game mode selected, as these obstacles can either just end a combo or cause a complete game over.
Unfortunately, some of the song choices don’t sync with the beats as well as the others and can throw you off a large amount. Along with the out of sync beats there’s a bunch of hills and turns on each stage which adds different levels, rather than just going along in a straight line, but the biggest problem with this is that they’re not proportioned correctly, and they tend to take up the whole screen which prevents you from seeing the beats that you need to collect.
Customizing vehicles is pretty simple. You have the two choices of the body and the rim color of your vehicle. Collecting beats helps you unlock different types of vehicles that you can use and different stages as well. This, unfortunately, is very grindtastic, as to get the vehicle or stage that you want is usually a very costly requirement of beats on an item.
The song list is woeful, the gameplay consists of listening to the same songs over and over again just to unlock a stage or a vehicle. The PC version allows soundtracks to be added, but it’s not possible on console versions. After you get through the somewhat moderately small list of songs it will soon start to get repetitive hearing the same songs over and over again, especially if you don’t like some of them.
Graphic wise, the game as a whole is very aesthetically pleasing. You instantly feel the retro vaporwave vibes as you go throughout all of the courses. The cel-shading on the vehicles is also a nice touch which makes it stand out and compliments the surroundings.
For being a rhythm game, I think Music Racer has potential but its ideas aren’t completely flushed through. The music and scenery does look incredible and striking at first, but it quickly gets boring after you’ve looked at the same sections over and over again. The gameplay, as a rhythm game, ironically doesn’t hit the right notes, as compared to other titles, it is pretty forgettable. As a concept, Music Racer is a good start, but in my opinion, it needs a lot of defining and work.
- Good game concept
- Striking visuals
- Well-designed stages
- Repetitive sound track
- Unengaging rhythm
- Very grindy
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