Hot Wheels Unleashed PC Review

Bringing Back the Feeling of Being a Kid Playing With Hot Wheels

I am sure everyone remembers playing with miniature Hot Wheels as kid or even as an adult. There have been games like Micro Machines and the more recently released Hot Wheels add-on for Forza Horizon 3. Now we have a game dedicated to Hot Wheel Vehicles called Hot Wheels Unleashed. This is actually a game that has some great potential. This is only a preview version, so the finished game will feature much more stuff but they are going the right way on first impressions.

Developer: Milestone
Publisher: Milestone
Release Date: 30th September

CPU: Intel Core i5-7300U 3.5 Ghz / AMD Equivalent
GPU: Geforce GTX 960, AMD Radeon HD 7970
HHD: 22 GB

Thanks to the publisher for the review code.

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines

I loaded up the game and had fun inspecting the cars and admiring the details. There are over 60 cars to unlock, and while this seems fun you need to use in-game currency to buy them. You earn coins by competing races which add a grind gameplay so that you can buy a blind box car or from a daily deal. When you are racing them around the tracks, then look even more awesome as the scaling is just spot-on.

The cars have not been changed to full size instead have they have opted to stick with the scale. This is a stroke of genius as remembering my childhood they always seemed bigger than they actually were. You can see that they have kept the detail as you can see the windscreen, different materials used to create the cars and also played with marks, which most them would have had like kids’ fingerprints. And if you flip the cars, you will notice the detail of stamps on the chassis.

Launch That Car

The racing was fun and the drifting through corners and the Rocket League style controlling mid-air jumps just adds to the fun factor. The car shows minor damage which shows the attention to detail. The tracks are fun and challenging but there are only six environments and the majority are indoor. This is soon forgotten about when you start to drive the courses and enjoy the dips, curves and jumps as well as the little shortcuts you can take.

You have speed boosts that are placed around the courses and these allow you to drift into corners and gain a turbo boost that allows you to pass a tricky opponent. If you master the drifts and boosts then you can find yourself gaining positions very quickly, but also you can lose places just as fast. The single player City Rumble is full of content with time trials and bosses. There are objectives so there is plenty of replayability.

Multiplayer is available and this can be online and offline. At the time of playing there was only public and private lobbies but fear not there is planned racing seasons so there is plenty of fun coming over the next few months. The build mode is what I was looking forward to and it did not disappoint. You can build a track in a few minutes piece by piece, but if you want to just play and have fun you can search the community for user created tracks.

Final Thoughts

Hot Wheels Unleashed is a fun racing game which will bring back the nostalgia of mini cars as kids. You get to build and race tracks and get to collect various cars. If you want to feel like a kid again playing with toy cars then look no further as Hot Wheels Unleashed will give you the fix you need.

The Verdict


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