need to know
What is it? Isometric racer with real sim stamp.
Expect to pay 20 USD/15 GBP
freed October 12
Developer Original Fire Game
Publisher Square Enix Collective
Review date i7 9700K, RTX 1080 TI, 16GB RAM
multiplayer game? Up to 12 players
Associate Official website
In the time it takes to read this sentence, 17.3 game developers will try and fail what Circuit Superstars does: the mix of arcade and simulation racing feels rich, not both. Admittedly, this is a fairly long sentence. Nevertheless, the problem still exists.
Every press release of a racing game since 1997 promises a perfect combination of arcade accessibility and depth of simulation, and rewards continuous effort through gradual mastery. Our reaction is like when a dog hears a high pitch, because no one Actually Pull it down. Not really. In addition to the Vancouver-based Original Fire Games, it debuted under the Square Enix Collective independent game plan.
If you are a veteran of many cross-legged micro-machine activities since the 16-bit era, or to be honest, if you have just seen screenshots and timed the isometric camera, then you have mastered the way it feels like driving. Before your first race, the subtleties of those cute little cars are not obvious. Fast forward here is to pick and commit to the perfect racing line, keep all inputs smooth, and maintain momentum, just like James May’s M&S Autograph suit jacket after getting too close during the Grand Tour shooting.
I go back to it every day, and I find some new ways to unlock more speed. A small revelation that makes me want to experience every racing series again-twelve, since you asked. I was surprised to find that this is my favorite racing game for many years.
As the number of laps progresses, the rubber of the tire will rise, revealing the thick tar-like stripes on the newly laid tire, where you can find extra grip and lap time. Conversely, in the event that the tire angle is activated, unless you focus your driving style on adjusting throttle and minimum steering under throttle or braking, you will lose speed at an alarming rate. Another part of your brain is still paying attention to fuel, wondering if you can lift and slide to the end, or if you need to pit. In a game that looks like this, remember.
Original Fire has found a track design style, its camera perspective and vehicle physical effects are very good, in its 12 tracks-a total of 18 layout changes-is a long-term challenge. Fully master the lines to perform well online, and fine-tune muscle memory to find the perfect time trial leaderboard.
This is an independent and independent debut, and you can forgive its light online claim. Nevertheless, it’s a shame that even if there is an online lobby feature that allows you to party as four, you still have to compete with up to 8 strangers in the public lobby, and you cannot create an event type from scratch. Since the game was first launched in Early Access in March, the community has certainly expressed a desire for some additional control over lobby creation, but when the server finds that someone is waiting for our party, we are still forced to face the danger of strangers.
To make matters worse, I found that some games fell behind to the point of being uncompetitive. The slowest connection on the server seems to be a drag on everyone’s ping, and it can be heartbreaking if you run away before the first corner and realize that you have not actually entered the first corner.
This is not to say that strangers themselves are bad people, you know. Partly because of the ruthless collision physics, and partly because of the joyful atmosphere inherent in the game about mini-vehicles racing in the Aardman Animation scene, they are usually sporty-and are three seconds faster than you. After all, Early Access did launch in March.
The game itself is quite laissez-faire about racing behavior. There will be a short time penalty when you cut into the corner. You can see exactly how many cuts constitute the penalty by looking at the marker outside the apex. There will be no penalties for contact other than the time lost by both parties inevitably deviating from the track by playing stupid guys. This may not always be fair, but which online racer is it? At least, its ethnic grouping is clear and consistent.
When offline, the car takes on a different look. Artificial intelligence drivers are always better at getting out of trouble than you and your obviously feathery car, so it is your responsibility to find clean overtaking opportunities and perform well in most pre-qualifying hot lap races.
The strange thing is that there is no intermediate series save function in offline matches, so a late series consisting of five games with more than 10 laps must be played in one session. The community has also been asking for this feature, but their collective prayers have not yet been answered. It’s not like asking someone to drive F1 2021 for one season, but it’s still an inconvenience.
Without the usual career mode that we are used to from modern racers, the long-form proposition here defeats the increasingly ruthless artificial intelligence in each series, mastering twelve different control models in the process. With a fledgling innocence, I chose the superstar AI difficulty in my debut in the Picino Cup. In the first three minutes of my career, I was circled. Fortunately for them, they have such a natural speed, because their car still has many shortcomings.
They can make mistakes independently of your driving, resulting in a buildup that you can use or collect. This is a good thing. But considering their tank-like physical characteristics, these AI errors will also cost you a lot of desperate time and cost your victory. So, single-player competitions are best viewed as a training aid for clean online behaviors.
If you ask me, and you have already asked, then there has been a real and powerful talent in Original Fire Games. Somehow, using some cute little cars, from the camera perspective of the arcade of yesteryear, and surprising simulation games, in contrast, it makes a full-scale racing simulation game feel a bit like doing a tax return.