VectorRacing is part Tron, part F-Zero,
and part retro racer updated. When I first played VectorRacing I thought
I was playing an old arcade game. Why? It has a black screen with white
or gray lines. I wondered what I was in for. I knew that Arc System
Works has a history of solid titles on the Nintendo 3DS. So I put the
pedal to the medal and did my best to win.
VectorRacing has a distinctive look to it. Thankfully there are more colors than just black and white. Which is why I consider this hand held video game to be retro updated. We can see through everything including our vehicles. The frame outlines are what is shown. We do see the exhaust which is a neat inclusion. The 3D in VectorRacing is good as long as you keep your eyes lined up with the screen. Get it off and it can get confusing.
VectorRacing has that techno kind of music. I enjoyed listening to it. The special effect sounds are hitting walls, hitting other hover vehicles, and hitting speed boosts. Those speed boosts are the core of VectorRacing. Miss too many and you will not win. Hit them just right and you will be out in front for easy wins. At least on the easier settings.
Each vehicle in VectorRacing has a power gauge. Think of this as a life bar. Hit the wall and/or other vehicles too often and you will blow up. Which makes the family member restart where they had their explosive accident. Which costs time. VectorRacing encourages players to race cleanly. Bumping into things only causes problems.
There are a variety of vehicles for players to pick from in VectorRacing that will fit different racing styles. There are six different floating vehicles that race on the twelve different tracks. VectorRacing has wonderful controls. I was able to easily go around vehicles for the pass. I did notice that at times I would get out in front and it was all over. Other times a vehicle would pass me and I could never chase them down.
All in all I like VectorRacing on the Nintendo 3DS. This little racing game pays respects to the racing games of the past. It updates them in fun and fresh ways. My only complaint is after an hour of playing this game, I looked at the real world and it took a few minutes for my eyes to adjust. Maybe I am getting old. I hope to see sequels to VectorRacing in the near future. Family Friendly Gaming was provided a download code for this review.
Family Friendly Factor: 89%
System: Nintendo 3DS
Publisher: Arc System Works
Rating: ‘E’ - Everyone
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