So my first impressions were like, I don’t really like the drifting but it feels like timing matters a little bit more in this game. So it’s just something I’m going to have to get used to. And if you’re someone who’s having trouble with that, there’s a Drift Assist option that gives you guidelines for when you should begin and end the drift. And it doesn’t actually affect your controls or anything.
KartRider Drift Review: It’s just something that’s visible on the road for you to see. And you can turn it off if you don’t want to use it. And right out of the gate, they allow you to play solos, duos, and quads. Now here’s one thing I didn’t know there were previous KartRaider games in the first place.
So they have experience making this kind of game. Obviously, the maps that are in this, of them probably came from the first game or however many games there were before this one. It seems like there are many maps so I don’t think anyone is really going to get bored of this game anytime soon after it releases.
There’s normal stuff like the Battle pass. There’s a premium in a normal version along with the items mode which is just basically regular Mario Kart. And then there’s a Speed mode which I didn’t get to unlock during the playtest.
I believe it’s the no-item mode, you know, the mode for the true racers to test out their map knowledge and drifting skills against other people. And then, of course, the game also has time trials and customs, but then there’s a thing called licenses and this is actually kind of interesting.
I think it’s a decently important part because in order to unlock the harder tracks, you got to complete license challenges where you have the opportunity to get one, two, or three stars based on how well you perform and you have to collect a specific amount of leads to complete each license.
So as an example, the first license takes 33 stars to complete and by harder tracks, I’m hoping that it also increases the speed because I’m used to playing 150 and sometimes 200 when I’m playing Mario Kart with aFAM, it just seems a little bit too slow.
Now, I don’t know if they are giving us extra coins just because it was a playtest and they wanted us to try some stuff out, but if not, it feels like it’s a little bit too easy to earn a lot of the Lucy.
I don’t know if it’s actually pronounced like this. It’s Lucci, but I’m just going to call it Lucy. But yeah, I feel like they made it a little bit too easy to earn the Lucy, which is one of the two forms of currency. The other is k coins. And that’s a lot harder to come by.
KartRider Drift Review: Now, the reason I say this is because Lucy is used to upgrading your Kart. I was wondering why none of the Karts had different stats. They were all the same. But when a coach is upgraded, it goes up a tier, and there are five of them common, fine, rare, heroic, and legendary.
And once upgraded, you can delegate the gears they give you to make the cart how you want it. So instead of having to choose a cart that has status set in stone, you can make it how you want it. And the thing that balances Lucy out, I believe, when it comes to upgrading to the next tier is that you have a 5050 chance of the upgrade actually going through. And if the upgrade fails, you don’t get these coins back. Also, another thing I noticed is there’s no inward or outward drift.
There’s just one drift for all, and you kind of just have more control over it. But the last thing I wanted to mention is the customization. Honestly, it’s already off to a good start. You can change the boost license plates and the wheels. You can even create your own details. You don’t see that all the time in a game like this.
Now, I think it’d be cool if they kind of copy Rocket League and even let you add an antenna or even change the sound of your engine.
KartRider Drift Review: But other than that, it feels like it’s already a complete game and it already has so much potential. I hope it gains a huge following and maybe even becomes an Esports because I feel like games like this should just be cross-platform games like Mario Kart or games like Smash Bros.
Those are the perfect kind of games to be on all platforms because they’re fun party games that you can play with your friends. But have you played the previous Kartraider game? Or are you like me and only heard about this one?