When Milestone first announced Hot Wheels Unleashed back in February this year, something stirred in my soul. The 7 year-old in me screamed with joy as the 30 year-old that I am raised an eyebrow. Fast forward a few months to launch and it’s now the 30 year-old screaming with joy and the 7 year-old raising an eyebrow. The fact that an arcade racing game involving tiny die-cast toy cars can have such a profound effect on a man is testament to the quality and effort on Milestone’s part. Hot Wheels Unleashed may just be a future classic.
I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve reviewed my fair share of Milestone games and have seldom found much to write home about. However, that all changed with Hot Wheels Unleashed. It’s been a slippery slope for me ever since I got my paws on the game. Not only have I found it to be one of the most addicting, smile-inducing racers I have ever played, but several trips to my local toy store have me rekindling with my younger self as my real-life collection of tiny cars has suddenly taken a massive upturn.
While the campaign starts with largely tame circuits, things ramp up fairly quickly as you start to gain a bit more experience.
The delightfully minute attention to detail is uncanny.
The Track Builder is an intuitive and easy to access tool that allows you to utilize all elements seen in the campaign and build your dream track.
One tablespoon Star Wars, a dollop of motorsport, a splash of Metal Gear. And a pinch of space magic. Mix and blend. Smashing! Is also running for congress.
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PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series
27 September 2021
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