Horizon Chase Turbo Impressions
Racing video games have been apart of my life since I can remember. Playing Pole Position and RC Pro Am on my old Nintendo Entertainment System are the oldest memories I’ve had of this genre. Super Mario Kart on the Super Nintendo was the first video game I ever saved up with my “own” money as a child. Need for Speed II was the first Playstation game I ever played and owned. Twisted Metal Black, despite not being a racing game, was the first Playstation 2 game I owned. Cruisin’ USA was the arcade game I always felt inclined to play during my visits to Shakeys Pizza and I have a deep love of the Fast and the Furious films. Cars and video games are apart of my media preferences despite hardly knowing a single thing about them.
Racing video games have changed drastically over the past decade. Some would say for the better, I however; think it’s been for the worst. This open-world racing trend all began with Burnout Paradise, a game I can safely assume is my second favorite racing game of all time. Even though I love Criterion Games for their perfect racer, I have a dark spot in my heart that completely hates them for ruining what racing games would inevitably become. Before I get cremated, yes, I know Burnout Paradise wasn’t the first open-world racing game, but it released at a time when racing games were beginning to change so drastically that single track racers were beginning to fade away.
Long gone where the enclosed tracks with barriers on both sides and welcome to smashing into hundreds of billboards for unnecessary achievements and trophies to cater to those that need busy work to maintain a long-lasting relationship with their shiny new racing video game.
I miss the days of old when I can navigate through a few menus and in minutes be racing along a highway against a dozen or so cars. I long for those days once again. Luckily enough, we have gotten a few indie titles that give me this sort of satisfaction over the years. Sadly though, some of them have been stinkers, sorry 80’s Overdrive on the Nintendo 3DS. You looked beautiful and sounded rad, but the gameplay wasn’t there, and the menu navigation was atrocious.
A little game called Horizon Chase Turbo, which I can never remember the title of because of Horizon Zero Dawn, brings back the days of old, well the very old and completely revitalizes the home-arcade racer once again. Aquiris Game Studio manages to bring back the feel and look of games like Outrun and Pole Position to the Nintendo Switch for a measly $19.99 and it’s worth every penny. 30 cars to unlock, 12 locations around the world with multiple tournaments to race in, and with the look and sound of a SEGA Genesis title makes Horizon Chase Turbo a must own title for any fan of the genre and even those that just want a fantastic indie title on their hybrid console.
With a multitude of game modes to change up the way you play the game, including split-screen 4-player multiplayer on the same console (remember those days?), Aquiris Game Studio manages to bring the classic feel of those games you enjoyed as a child. Even if you didn’t grow up in those years there is much fun to be had here as the game plays exceptionally well despite the curvy nature of the tracks and the top speeds you peak.
If you’ve been needing a fun racing video game where you’re behind the wheel within seconds and are looking for hours upon hours of fun, make sure to give your full attention to Horizon Chase Turbo immediately.