Beach Buggy Racing
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Xbox One owners looking for something to fill that Mario Kart void will find plenty to enjoy with Beach Buggy Racing. While it doesn't reinvent the wheel, it definitely handles what it sets out to do admirably. Just know what you are getting into before taking the plunge
Beach Buggy Racing doesn't do anything particularly ground breaking for the kart racing genre, but it does do everything it needs to. The addition of multiplayer would have been nice and taken away the feeling of grinding once you have won all of the available single-player races. With quite literally tens of hours of gameplay on offer in the career and championships alone, and even more if you want to earn all of the available achievements, the game's price point makes this a highly recommended purchase for racing fans.
There's too much content in Beach Buggy Racing for it to accurately be described as shallow, but outside of the seaside motif, there's not a whole lot here that feels fresh. The controls can seem slow at first and it fails to address many of the genre's major pitfalls, but if you're desperate for a kart racer on your PS4, then this sunny side up outing should tide you over until something better comes along. Just remember to slap on the sunscreen before taking to the track.
Beach Buggy Racing is a decent kart-racer; the driving is fun, the items are bonkers, and you'll likely be playing it for some time. Perhaps enjoyed best in small bursts, and without the expectation of it being a mega-serious racer, the game does offer some easy-to-play fun for both solo players and groups of family or friends. It can't steal Mario Kart's pole position and it suffers from a couple of little niggles but for a fraction of the price it does offer an acceptable alternative.
Beach Buggy Racing comes to consoles as a decent but flawed experience. Its mobile roots show, and its catch up AI becomes frustrating rather quickly, yet it still manages to be fun during short sessions.
Had Vector Unit included better characterization and adjusted the difficulty to the point it wasn't trying to pummel you each race (there's competitive and then there's "don't mind me, I'm cheating"), Beach Buggy Racers would've been a solid debut for kart-racing action on newer systems. As it stands, it's not bad, as its multiplayer has something to offer, and the track design clicks. Just be prepared to fight for your first place victory – this ain't no leisure cruise around the island.
I would have a difficult time recommending it for the majority of gamers out there.
Beach Buggy Racing is a decent attempt at bringing a kart racer to the Xbox One. It runs into a lot of the same troubles that most of the other karting titles that have been released over the years have done, however. There's little innovation in terms of the courses on offer but it provides good - albeit somewhat throwaway - fun at times. Local multiplayer is what will keep most playing.
Does Beach Buggy Racing deserve a place in the games library? Yes, it does. It may not be Crash or Mario, but then it doesn't need to be. It's fun and quirky, it's something that can be played at any occasion, and can be taken seriously, too.
It would be easy to take a quick look at Beach Buggy Racing and write it off as shovelware. It's not. It's a surprisingly fun kart racer with lots of single player content and local multiplayer options for four friends.