DriveClub Review Roundup

Another high profile flop.

Posted By | On 08th, Oct. 2014 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


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This year is becoming more and more depressing- after so many high profile flops this year (we’ve already had Destiny, to name the most recent one, and Alien: Isolation received mix reviews too), and now, there’s another one to add to the ever growing list. Evolution Studios’ DriveClub, which has apparently been in development for a very long time, and even got delayed a year to be polished so it would meet the developers’ vision, has released to a sound round of panning from the critics.

IGN gave it a 7.9, saying that ‘the overly aggressive AI grates, the difficult drifting seems at odds with the accessible handling, and the single-player loses zest once the solo content runs dry.’ This was one of the more charitable reviews- Eurogamer gave it 6/10, Gamespot gave it 5/10, and GiantBomb, in its damning review, gave it 2 stars (scaled up to a 4/10), saying that ‘It just isn’t much fun to play. The core act of driving a car feels off in a way that completely put me off of playing the game. Without that in place, the rest of it just falls apart. The PlayStation 4 has been without a serious racing option since launch, and Driveclub doesn’t fill that gap.’

The game’s Metascore tells the whole story, rated at 72, and much lower than Forza Horizon 2 (its closest competitor, which sits at a healthy 86), Destiny (a high profile flop), and even Hyrule Warriors on the Wii U. Yes, a Dynasty Warriors reskin beat out DriveClub.

All in all, this has not been the best year for exclusive software on PlayStation, that’s for sure.


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  • Mark

    I expected these reviews. They’re not all that bad, not all that great. To me, DriveClub has the best graphics (outside of some of those cardboard crowd cut-outs and 2D looking mountains). It is immensely gorgeous elsewhere. As for the content, no way only 50 cars should have shipped. Not to mention post launch weather and such.

    Here’s my theory about the content. And this woulda been a much better game content wise imo. Evolution did the best they could with what people they had. Evolution had job cuts, earlier in the year, maybe last year too, as DC was delayed. The numbers were unspecified. But look, they’re still working hard to bring weather in later, and add more cars. But, this seems to me like they had their vision, started working on it, then had layoffs and had to cut content, and make it available later. That’s how I feel about how weird this looks.

    Maybe moving on from here Evolution can now focus on the next game with resources they know they’ll have, and release a complete game. Not their fault imo. This game woulda went round for round against FH2 with full staff. I’d still play the Plus version tho if I was a PS4 owner.


 

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