Hot Wheels Unleashed is an arcade racer by Milestone, the team behind the MotoGP franchise. You’re able to take those classic toy cars and race them through familiar real-world locales like a kitchen, a college dorm, or a construction site. While that doesn’t sound all that enticing, you’re doing it from the perspective of the 1:64 scale vehicles, turning things like ventilation shafts into awesome race set pieces.
The game is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. The attention to detail is astounding: cars with movable pieces bounce around realistically, tint on windows shows scratches at the end of a race, and the light reflecting off of cars and tracks might be the best I’ve seen yet this generation. There’s a sense of love and appreciation for the Hot Wheels brand on display here that should be looked at for any licensed product going forward. If anything, I would have loved a museum of sorts with blurbs or historical information about each car for me to learn more about them.
As it stands, Hot Wheels Unleashed is a fantastic arcade racer that does right by the beloved toy license. Hot Wheels Unleashed is out now for $49.99 on PC, PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch.
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