Top critical review
Good, but monetization attemps galore
October 9, 2018
First as abracer the driving itself is pretty amazing. I find myself playing for hours at at time. However, as you play more and more you can see that in typical Microsoft fashion, they are secretly pushing you to pay for the cars in the game with more of your real money if you want specific cars. At first, you'll play and everything is fine, you'll think man I can buy some pretty cool cars if I win just ten races and upgrade them by winning maybe 10 to 20 more races.
However the games top tier cars, the ones a lot of people want like the top end Lamborghini's, the Koenigsegg's, Bugatti's, etc cost north of 2mm a car. It'll take you all game to be able to afford those cars. Yes, you may win some extra cash with wheelspins, but this is really where the game falls flat. Most of the time, north of 80% of the time, you're winning pointless things that have nothing to do with the game and will have zero impact on your experience like emotes, yoga pants, or simply dreadful cars. Other times you may win 2000 credits, but that's few and far in between. Even more few and far in between is the winning of more than 50k. Maybe you can just sell the cars, nope. You have auction off cars to other players of the game (who don't want a Ford focus), so you're basically stuck with a garage full of garbage cars with no value. So it's painfully clear that if you want a K 1 to 1 and Chiron, you'll need to buy the car pack, which I think is 3 bucks for one or 30 bucks for like 40 or something. There are also, only a handful of meaningful races where you can win more than the 7 to 15k you'd typically win. Even that's only like 25K. There is nothing like Gran Turismo of old where you can win hundreds of thousands for some races, a super cool car (like an Indy car). Most of the coolest stuff you'll get will be through random luck on the horizon wheel spins, or you spending extra real dollars to get the coolest cars, like the ones everyone you're racing has and the ones in the advertisements. Yes, you can buy certain Ferraris, Lambos, Porsches, etc, but not the top end ones. I personally settled on a 2012 Aventador (the 2016 version seems locked behind team racing scenarios) that was good enough to get me through all of the street type races. The rub is that I wanted the centenario or something like that, which I think is 2.3 or 2.8MM. I wanted other cars, but no way in the world am I paying Microsoft again for the game, when that is clearly their motivation.