I recently purchased the Playstation Plus service, and as part of it I received several Minis (games that usually cost $3-6 and are quick to get into and put down). One of them was “Aero Racer,” a futuristic looking top-down racing game.
Initially I thought, “Is this going to be like ‘Wipeout?'” Not at all.
If you enter the campaign mode, you first choose a ship you will keep for the racing. There’s not a lot of customization, just basically a different color. As with all Minis, you’ll be playing a game that doesn’t upgrade, level up, etc. Just a basic gameplay that is hopefully addictive. Like this one.
The premise of the game is to race a futuristic racer around a track and win at various events. Sounds easy, but there is a technique to racing that gets very precise and needs to be practiced to win at the harder levels: Boost Grinding. You basically get close to the edge of the track on turns and enter a power drift. You earn valuable speed and points on some races.
The tracks have different modes to them:
Boost zones (if you enter them your ship turns and goes faster)
Slow zones (ship slows down)
Bump zones (This is like a bumper from a pinball machine. You have to use them to increase your speed on corners)
The races are broken into straight races, checkpoints, grind points, and timed races. This offers a lot of variety to gameplay as do the number of tracks offered. Some of the races (labeled “Very Hard”) are dastardly evil. you will play them over and over again to get them right. But it’s fun!
You’ll have 3 options to choose from:
Campaign (a series of races you have to unlock to get to the final tournament and then reach the next bracket.)
Grad Prix (You choose a type of track (circlular, square, etc), the difficulty, and then you enter into a 3 race bout with 3 other computer controlled opponents)
Quick Race (You choose a track and difficulty and enter into a race)
Party (a fun game for up to 4 people. One person races, then the next person does the same track with the ghost of the first player to beat. The next person races the first 2 ghosts, etc. If you don’t have that many people, it still is fun to try to beat your own best race. Not just the time, but your ghost.)
If you’re into racing games that are more arcade-y than real-life, this is a fun and easy game to pick up and play, but really hard to master. This makes for great replayability. It is only $3, the price of a cup of coffee now.
Skip your visit to (Coffee place of your choice) and justify a Playstation game for either your PS3 or PSP.