Formula Retro Racing | PS4 Review
Formula Retro Racing is a 90s retro-inspired arcade-racing game developed and published by Repixel8. It is currently available for less than a fiver on Windows PC, PlayStation, and XBox, and for the purposes of this review I was playing the game on the PlayStation 4.
Having never played Virtua Racing, but being a fan of racing games in general, I was looking forward to getting behind the wheel and giving Formula Retro Racing a spin around the track. As mentioned previously, this is a 90s inspired retro arcade-racing game, and there is a lot of nostalgia here. The look and feel of the game will definitely cater more to the Virtua Racing fans, but I also think that there is a great little arcade racer here for racing game fans.
There are 4 games modes that you are presented with in the menu. Arcade does exactly what it says on the tin, and you will be racing against A.I. opponents with various checkpoints dotted around the tracks allowing you to extend your time. Grand Prix allows you to race on your own or with up to 4 players split-screen in a Grand Prix setting, with an overall winner at the end of the races. Eliminator will have you battling to stay in the race by moving up in the positions as well as getting to those checkpoints. Free Practice allows you to take to any of the unlocked tracks, all without opponents, to get some vital practice in and under your belt.
There are 3 levels of difficulty with Beginner, Advanced, and Expert. And as you can expect, the harder the difficulty, the more difficult the game. There are also 8 tracks in the game, with 3 to be unlocked through progression. Tracks range from a City Loop, to Indycar style Oval, to a very tough Monaco F1 track. You also get the option to customise your car. The limit of this is basically just selecting a colour scheme from the available option on offer.
In the Settings menu, there are options to change the music and effects levels, and I would suggest turning the music right down and the effects right up as engine and other effects can be drowned out by the louder arcade style in-game music. There is also another option here allowing you to switch the Tacho position between the top and bottom of the screen.
Formula Retro Racing sits at a decent price range, with it being just under £5 on the available platforms. For that price, I would say that it is worth picking up, for fans of arcade racers, just to add it to your collection. It does look good and plays well, and it is heavy on the nostalgia. For anyone looking for something more, you may find it lacking. But like I metioned already, the price is fairly low, and it is definitely worth giving it a go, for that quick arcade racing fix.
g1a5w3g1an's Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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