Review: Race to the Line (Nintendo 3DS)

Race to the Line Race to the Line
Publisher: Enjoy Gaming Ltd
Developer: Enjoy Gaming Ltd
Genre: Racing
Release Date: 11/28/2013

Race to the LineRacing games have never been my favorite genre, but I have to admit that I do enjoy a good racing game from time to time. Race to the Line, on the surface, looks like many other racing games. You have the ability to choose from ten cars and drive through three continents (Asia, Europe, and North America) in one of three modes: Career, Competition, and Time Attack. Of course, you win points through completing races, using these points to unlock features of the game, like cars and tracks. With only a few tracks, however, you’ll find yourself done with the game in no time.

Race to the Line should not really be called a racing game. While yes, you do race cars, the pace is so slow it hardly feels like you’re racing, and if you’re in the third person view instead of first person view, it’s worse. It feels more like you’re driving on a street near a school as it lets out, or at best like you’re heading to work in the morning. While drunk. The steering in this game is ridiculous and far worse than any other racing game I’ve ever played. You can get used to it after some time, and it’s easier in first person, but it’s not really worth the effort. At the very least, it seems like the other drivers on the road handle just as badly as yours does. (I actually experimented and tried driving backwards through the track. I think that actually improves your ability to drive.) You can save races to your SD card, but I don’t really see the point in it, as watching your races is probably going to be like watching the World Cup, but played by drunk 70-year-olds who don’t know the rules of football. (Actually, that might be more entertaining.)

Race to the LineYou can tell that they tried paying attention to detail, adding in things to pay attention to in the distance and some admittedly cool landmarks. Since you’re on the track for so long, it does give you a chance to enjoy the scenery. The game ends up looking like something from the mid-90s, though, and the 3D doesn’t help the situation. The soundtrack sounds similarly dated, and there’s only two tracks that I noticed. Some of the sound effects–like that for the car engine–get annoying fairly quickly.

Race to the Line tries to be a racing game but falls short on nearly every level. I would save the $3.99 you would spend on this game and save it toward a title where you’re actually racing and can play with other people. The two and a half hours you’d get out this game could be spent doing something else.

Short Attention Span Summary

 I can’t really recommend this game, especially if you’re a racing fan. When the most enjoyable thing about the game is the soundtrack (a whopping two songs) or its fairly bland graphics, it’s worth passing on.

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