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Gravel is a game displaced. It's a competent and occasionally pretty pick-up-and-play arcade racing game at its core, but it has the whiff of a game released in the wrong era – a scent it just can't shake. A 2018 rendition of '90s ambition. Gravel certainly channels the spirit and straightforward simplicity of Milestone's own 1997 arcade off-roader Screamer Rally but it has no unique hook for today's audience; no over-the-top arcade pizazz that folks will still be discussing 10 or 15 years down the track. It's functional and fun enough in small bursts, but arcade racers have come a long way over the past two decades and Gravel doesn't bring any new ideas to the paddock.
Gravel's arcade sensibilities conjure occasional moments of flat out fun, but unimaginative track design and a lack of depth means most races are just dull.
New arcade racers have been few and far between over the last half decade, and Gravel is just one attempt to reignite the genre. There's some good racing to be found here, with plenty of licensed cars to take through some lovely scenery, but it doesn't get your heart pounding with excitement. Gravel might be a fairly decent racer, but its biggest sin is that, despite the fireworks and exotic locations, it's just a bit boring.
Gravel focused on presenting off-road racing game and Milestone studio has succeeded already in producing a fun and entertaining racing game, but it has a very bad and bland graphics. The game does not have many cars and tracks, which may make you prefer other games too.
Review in Arabic | Read full review
With its simple gameplay, Gravel can win the hearts of all fans of arcade driving. However, its proposal is exhausted after a few hours when the main game mode "Off-Road Masters" ends due to the lack of enough unlocks to keep the game alive.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
Milestone's Gravel rocks! A solid arcade driving game which features mainly off-road races with a convincing sense of speed and a good variety of competitions, vehicles and tracks. Too bad for the thin longevity of its campaign and the complete lack of alternative single-player modes, which greatly reduce Gravel's specific weight.
Review in Italian | Read full review
Despite one or two cruel difficulty spikes, Gravel is one of the better examples of off-road racing in a while. Its mix of semi-realism and over-the-top arcade style makes for some exciting races, while its progression system keeps it accessible to almost anyone.
If you like fun racing games, especially ones that never try to be too serious, Gravel will scratch your itch. The driving part of it is consistently enjoyable.
It is certainly not difficult to find faults in Gravel, but most of them are easy to forgive. It's a great feeling to put the pedal to the metal and just enjoy some great arcade racing. Rarely has a racing game been this fun and varied, although It could – and maybe should – have been better in a lot of ways.
Review in Swedish | Read full review
While Gravel has issues like strange collisions, cars literally merging into each other and some issues with shadows, there is a lot to say about it. There's a wide variety of racing types, tracks and cars to use. Almost everything is fast paced and entertaining and simply gratifying. Simply put, Gravel is a very good arcade style racing game and Milestones best game yet.