Hot Wheels Unleashed

Rating Summary

Based on 100 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

74

Top Critic Average

59%

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6 / 10
Oct 19, 2021

Hot Wheels Unleashed doesn't have much to offer, and as an arcade racing can only be entertaining for a few hours before fading to the bottom of your game library.

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70 / 100
Oct 18, 2021

Hot Wheels Unleashed is a rollercoaster with all the perks of a fun ride; crazy colourful tracks included. What looks like an initial cash-grab license title ends up being a pretty decent racing experience.

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IGN

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Sep 27, 2021

Hot Wheels Unleashed is the best example of a saying that doesn't let appearances fool you, with huge content, exciting races and cars for all players.

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IGN

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Sep 27, 2021

Carefully detailed, highly customisable, and buoyantly uncynical, Hot Wheels Unleashed is a surprising and brilliant arcade racer.

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8 / 10.0
Oct 1, 2021

More enjoyable and captivating than a first glance suggests, this arcade-style racer is fast and fun

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7 / 10
Oct 1, 2021

Hot Wheels Unleashed is an excellent arcade racing game that doesn't fully embrace some of the wackier parts of the toy brand.

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Polygon

Top Critic

Unscored
Sep 30, 2021

All of this adds up to a very strong, broadly appealing racer. Hot Wheels Unleashed is up there with Milestone’s MotoGP and Monster Energy Supercross, as well as the F1 and WRC games, as another winner in the ongoing renaissance of licensed motorsports gaming. For those who are perhaps not dedicated motorsports or sim racing fans, it could be a strong contender for their racing game of the year. I’ve become a virtual gearhead over the past four years, and Hot Wheels Unleashed is at least in the discussion for mine.

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8 / 10.0
Sep 27, 2021

Hot Wheels Unleashed impressed me on basically every marker. It looks terrific, it feels great, and the track design is extremely well done. I kind of hate the blind box approach of unlocking cars, but that’s a small complaint when getting my wheels on the track is always a delight.

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8 / 10
Sep 27, 2021

Hot Wheels Unleashed puts the brand to perfect use, marrying bright and bold toy car racing with powerful track creation.

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7 / 10
Sep 27, 2021

Hot Wheels Unleashed is a decent racer with some excellent surrounding elements. It lacks the strategy and realism of a sim, but doesn’t hit the over-the-top chaos and action of an arcade racer either. Despite that, the amount of customization available, and with all of the cars to collect, fans of Hot Wheels toys will likely have a good time with Unleashed.

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