#DRIVECLUB Review
#DRIVECLUB Box Art
System: PS4
Dev: Evolution Studios
Pub: Sony
Release: October 7, 2014
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p

But, if you can look past these issues to the core mechanics of #DRIVECLUB and the social experience it can deliver, it is a solid racer for the PS4.

Luckily, #DRIVECLUB is built on a foundation of astonishing visuals that are both dynamic and polished. Car models are excellently crafted right down to the printing on the tires. These models are immersed in an extravagantly detailed world of tracks that look as real as any I’ve ever seen. Adding in a dynamic lighting system that changes with the time of day during races and you get astounding scenic vistas and landscapes, colorful sunsets complete with blinding lens flares, and nighttime driving with only your headlights to lead the way.

#DRIVECLUB Screenshot

Additionally, cars sport real-time body damage as you scrape and smash your way through the track, unless you’re a much better driver than I am. Which, let’s be honest, you probably are. It’s odd that this detail was given this much attention, considering how much the game rewards you for flawless driving and passing. But it was much appreciated, at least by me. Nothing irks me more in racing games than slamming my car into a wall and driving away without a scratch. There is a caveat to the real-time damage though--it has no impact on gameplay. You could literally crash head-on into a wall at 150 MPH and only suffer exterior crashes and broken glass. Can’t win em’ all I suppose.

The visuals are supported by a competent soundscape of revving engines, squealing tires and the like, but lacks a memorable soundtrack – another hallmark of a great racing game that #DRIVECLUB omitted. There’s nothing like tearing through the streets to an awesome song, I see this as a missed opportunity.

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So, at the end of the day, #DRIVECLUB is a technically proficient racer with a social side that can be fun. But overall it lacks some things that make racing games great, especially ones that insist on arcade style progression. Hardcore racing fans will be pleased by the bevy of cars available and may enjoy creating a club with their friends, but players like me won’t be converted due to the lack of customization and/or arcade style gameplay. Despite all its flaws, #DRIVECLUB still manages to deliver a solid racing experience on the PS4, it just wasn’t the one I was looking for.

By
Joshua Bruce
Video Director
Date: October 7, 2014

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.5
Graphics
Beautifully crafted cars and tracks are gorgeous.
3.5
Control
Standard driving controls that work well most of the time.
3.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Squealing tires and revving engines are the highlight of a forgettable soundscape.
3.0
Play Value
Racing can be both fun and frustrating, replaying tour challenges is boring but necessary, and multiplayer isn’t really a head turner.
3.7
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Join a Club - Get more by playing within a Club. Gain access to more races, special challenges and events by joining a Club. Join an existing Club or create your own to team up with 12 drivers and get more in-game currency and earn bonuses. Everything they do helps you, and everything you do helps them achieve more. Unite together and represent your Club with customized team colors and logos for your cars.
  • Take on Challenges - Constant and varied challenges keep the game feeling fresh and unique, offering pick-up-and-play gaming experience to suit every player's lifestyle. Every section of every track offers a new opportunity to face-off with your Clubmates and rivals, so there's always something to play for. Earn fame for your Club by beating recent times, high speed records or pulling off incredible drifts. Then create custom challenges to take on your friends and rival Clubs for fun, or up the ante by wagering on the outcome.
  • Immersive Driving Experience - Every detail of high-speed racing has been painstakingly recreated to give you an authentic and thrilling first person driving experience. Feel every inch of the road beneath your tires, the thunderous roar of the engine and the rush of adrenaline coursing through your veins as your knuckles whiten on the steering-wheel.

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