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Pacer Preview

Posted by GG Goblin On September - 3 - 2020

A Wipeout is not on the cards for R8 Games’ futuristic anti-gravity racer.

 
Time and again we see video games that are abandoned by their developers. While some may be a lost cause, others are perfectly enjoyable and deserve to be expanded on. It is very rare that we get to see developers try, try and try again to perfect their dream, but R8 Games is one of those developers who really want to provide the best futuristic anti-gravity racer that they possibly can. Originally launched as Formula Fusion a few years back, R8 Games have gone back to the drawing board, changed the name to Pacer and plan for a release in only a couple of weeks on Steam, Xbox One and PS4. Having spent some time with an early build of the game, I am ready for the full game to launch.

 


 
Having never played Formula Fusion, Pacer’s previous incarnation, I cannot compare the two. However, those who purchased Formula Fusion will not be missing out as their game will have already changed its name and will be the full Pacer experience once the game launches.

 
Fans of a Wipeout-like experience will be more than pleased with Pacer. The game features the kind of incredibly high speed racing on tracks that are not afraid to defy gravity that these fans will be familiar with and craving. I would imagine that every gamer knows roughly what to expect with a futuristic anti-gravity racer, so I will not bother with the details of boost pads, tight corners and upside down track sections. What will be important though are the features included in the game when it launches.

 
The preview build came with four different tracks to play around with, and I have to say that they all looked incredible. There is a certain amount of sameness with these types of futuristic tracks, but the variety was impressive, and really nice to look at, if the player has the chance as they zip past at high speed. Also of importance is that the anti-gravity vehicles that the player will be piloting control really well. Sometimes these style of games can collapse into nothing more than a game of pinball, but Pacer feels more forgiving than most and thus much easier to enjoy.

 


 
When it comes to available modes, Pacer has plenty. There are the usual suspects, such as the quick race and the time trials, or even the elimination where the racers jostle for position so as not to be last and get eliminated. Pacer brings weapons to the futuristic racing, and so a destruction mode will see these weapons made the most of as players try to take out their opposition while trying not to be hit themselves. Then there is the endurance mode which will have racers trying to race for as long as they can, with damage turned on after the first lap, and the Flowmentum mode which again sees the player lasting as long as they can as things get gradually faster. It has also been announced that a battle royale style made called Storm will be available. This mode wasn’t in my preview build, but sounds really intriguing. The games campaign mode was also missing from the preview build, but I am sure that it will be ever more challenging as players progress through the ranks to become the Pacer world champion.

 
Players can earn money for doing well in races, which can then be spent in a number of different ways. First up, Pacer has a wide range of customisation options for the player to tinker with, including cosmetics, performance and weapons. However, there is also the possibility of paying to unlock both reverse versions of the available tracks, and night time versions, which are very cool indeed.

 
Aside from the high speed and gravity-defying tracks, these types of racers are known for their soundtracks, and Pacer won’t disappoint with original tracks created by CoLD SToRAGE guaranteed to keep the action fast and fresh.

 


 
Look, playing the preview build of Pacer was like being given a glimpse of what the full game will be like. Pacer is due to launch for PC, Xbox One and PS4 on September 17th, which is not very far away, and will have the full campaign, online competition, a battle royale mode and I am sure loads more content when it arrives. Coming to the consoles will help the game reach a wider audience, but anyone who has a passion for anti-gravity racing should be checking out Pacer on September 17th.

 
Check out the official Steam Page for more information or to wishlist the game.

 

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