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80's Overdrive may be wonderfully presented, but its problem is that price-wise it's sandwiched between two similar games that are better.
80's Overdrive brings back old-school arcade racing to the 3DS and this is a game that will make friends among the fans of the most memorable games of that style. Its lack of a multiplayer mode is the game's biggest flaw and some frustrating elements in the main competitive racing mode somewhat harm the experience but overall, it brings a fun and nostalgia-filled time to its players.
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80's Overdrive really nails the presentation side of things with its eye-catching 2D visuals, superb 3D effect and pumping soundtrack. It also controls well and the Career Mode is challenging enough to keep you glued to your 3DS for quite some time. The Out Run-style Time Attack mode and the Level Editor extend the lifespan of this title further, but the occasionally cheap difficulty level has an annoying habit of ruining your race as well as your mood. This is a relatively minor complaint in the grand scheme of things however, and fans of old-school arcade racers will almost certainly forgive this issue in order to play a true tribute to the classics of old.
80's Overdrive asserts that Out Run's combination of breakneck racing and frantic traffic negotiation will fit neatly inside the progression-focused model of a modern game. It doesn't, and 80's Overdrive almost runs out of gas before it reaches a comfortable destination. All the lavish neon and thumping synthwave in the world can't help 80's Overdrive make twenty minutes last six hours.
'80s Overdrive comes to the Switch in top form and stands even taller on the hybrid console than it did on the 3DS three years ago.
In my nostalgic-filled mind, this game looks like how I wish to remember ‘80s racers.
80's Overdrive is a fun racer that pays homage to Outrun and does so in style. The tight gameplay mechanics, colorful graphics and solid soundtrack come together to give us a great portable arcade racer with plenty of levels to complete, a time attack and even a level editor so that you can customize your own levels to share with the world. If you're in the mood for a new pixeltastic racer on the go, then give this one a go.
Overall a pretty decent racer and that is coming from someone who isn't a huge fan of the racing genre, I'm more of a karting or buggy kind of racer haha. Would love the game to make the transition to the Nintendo Switch, Imagine the game in portable mode on a bigger screen, Some day I hope that happens. 80's Overdrive won't appeal to the hard core racers, but it's a pretty decent game so why not give it a chance?
80's Overdrive is a very pretty game with really good core mechanics and some really questionable and frankly unnecessary complications layered on top. The take home here is that I really liked it until I didn't anymore. I still pop in from time to time, but this is not a game I'm particularly compelled to play long-term.
80's Overdrive is undoubtedly a return to the arcade of the last century in all its aspects, and although it can be repetitive in long sessions, the truth is that it is very difficult for me to get angry with a game that you can always play one more game, at I'm sure I'll be there as soon as I have ten minutes to spare, and it's definitely going to stay on my Switch Lite for a long time.
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