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Last year’s Hot Wheels Velocity X was a mediocre racer at best in containing a good deal of flaws to flood its engines. But, like The Simpsons, no matter how many bad games are produced, a good license always demands another shot. It's safe to say that Hot Wheels World Race is an improvement over Veloxity X in every way and can stand on it's own as an incredibly fun game.
Hot Wheels World Race is a lovely little racer that entirely caters to the younger audience it is aimed at. Fifteen gorgeous looking courses full of creative touches and colourful scenery featuring high speed tracks that twist and turn everywhere are combined with boost, jump and stunt elements to make this a very enjoyable racer that the kids will love, whilst the rest of us will get a few hours of quality entertainment before the novelty wears off. At a bargain price of only £15 this is the perfect stocking filler this Christmas.
For the last 35 years, Mattel's Hot Wheels brand has personified cars and trucks for boys and men alike. Small enough to wedge several into a pocket, yet strong enough to handle flying through the air and crashing to the concrete over and over again, Hot Wheels was into portable gaming fun long before Game Boys hit the streets. But Mattel has tried to keep up with the times, releasing waves of new cars and trucks every year, fostering a huge collectors community, and creating fun racetracks that seem to get wilder every year.
Although there are more than enough quirky budget racing titles available for today's gaming platforms, few of these games have provided the level of consistency found in the Hot Wheels franchise. Multiple publishers and developers have tried their hand at the series, but despite this constant changing of the guard, the Hot Wheels games have always focused on simplistic, arcade-style racing gameplay, which has worked pretty well for the series. The latest developer to create a Hot Wheels game is Climax Studios, and its offering is Hot Wheels World Race for the GameCube and PlayStation 2. World Race takes the series in a more futuristic direction, drawing inspiration from titles like F-Zero and the Extreme-G series. However, aside from its futuristic direction, World Race sticks pretty close to the basic arcade racing formula the series has used for years, which works both in the game's favor and against it.
Stellt man Hot Wheels World Race neben Spiele wie Rumble Racing, die Burnout-Serie oder die NfS-Serie, käme dies in etwa einem Vergleich zwischen einem Bundesligaverein und einer Verbandsliga-Mannschaft gleich. Abgesehen von der flüssigen Engine, die euch die farbenfrohen futuristischen Rennstrecken auf den Bildschirm bringt, findet man überall Punkte, an denen man Kritik ansetzen kann. Doch angesichts der Tatsache, dass sich die Rennen mit den Spielzeugautos jedoch sowieso vorrangig nur an Jungs im Alter bis ca. zwölf richten, kann man wohlwollend darüber hinwegsehen. Der Einstieg ist leicht und das Streckendesign nach regulären Rennspielmaßstäben zwar langweilig, aber interessant genug, um die Fantasie beim nächsten Spielen mit den echten Modellen anzuheizen. Dank des mehr als moderaten Schwierigkeitsgrades kommen die Kleineren schnell zu Erfolgserlebnissen.
Il est dommage d'avoir préféré placer au premier plan un aspect sérieux, quand le fond du projet est basé sur de l'arcade pure et dure, impliquant de ce fait une conduite simpliste, et une volonté de divertissement immédiat. Cependant, la mauvaise exploitation du seul côté "fun" du titre l'empêche de trouver un public vraiment réceptif. Un mélange des genres déséquilibré, qui aura du mal à trouver preneur. Dommage.
Hot Wheels: World Race is the newest Hot Wheels video game from THQ, Inc. The storyline in a nutshell is there used to be a race of people called Accelerons (Accelerons? They liked to accelerate, perhaps?) who built a network of speedways around a world thousands of years ago. Disaster struck (not enough in this case) and the Accelerons were forced to hide their highways in another dimension.
I bet that when you were playing with your Hot Wheels back in the day, you used to do most of the same stuff I did: speed 'em around, flip 'em in the air, and make whooshing noises with your mouth. Take a deep breath and try to relive those glory days for just a few seconds. Now imagine that experience was a video game and that was all there was to it. The new Hot Wheels: World Race is exactly that. I know what you're thinking. You think I'm kidding, but no, it exists and it's sure to please little kids who love their toy cars and nobody else.