MANTIS BURN RACING; Games & gadgets With KEVIN LYNCH.
MANTIS BURN RACING PC, PS4, Xbox One [euro]13.70 ??? ...
If the photo-real racing of the Forza and latter-day Gran Turismo games isn't your bag, maybe Mantis Burn Racing will get your engine running. A topdown game, it harks back to retro racers but lacks enough charm of its own to make it memorable.
Pushing arcade thrills rather than an advanced handling system, Mantis Burn Racing simply focuses on accelerating, braking and careful turn drifting around its tracks. It's good fun, but a lack of content soon sees the game wear thin.
Although its locales are reasonably attractive for an indie game, there's simply too little variety to keep you hooked. The single player career initially seems meaty, with 100 events to take part in, but when it becomes clear that they all take place on a handful of tracks in either dusty-offroad or nighttime street locales, repetition quickly kicks in. A progression system does its best to add some depth but it's poorly explained, making choosing upgrades a shot in the dark.
The chances are you'll have driven off for more varied automotive thrills long before you've mined all Mantis Burn Racing has to offer.