Oh man, where do I begin to properly convey my total love for this title? First and foremost I’ll start with the game’s performance and controls, which are absolutely spot-on perfect and show no signs of compromises. In particular turning simply feels great, with the game clearly distinguishing its surfaces as you move between asphalt and dirt, each clearly handling in their own unique ways. Then there’s simply the joy of vehicular carnage, trading paint, lining up to t-bone some poor sap, and kicking things into reverse when your front-end has taken too much damage in the Demolition Derby. It’s so much more than that though, offering up races from the traditional oval to turn-filled hilly courses to the bonkers fun of Figure 8 racing. It also won’t just be competing with your garage of cars that have various builds, there’s even some fun silliness with the likes of lawnmower, couch, combine, schoolbus (and more!) challenges to add a bit more fun to the mix. Playing solo locally you’ll have plenty of circuits to work your way through with a generous number of skill settings to tune the degree of challenge up and down. Online you can try to meet up with like-minded down-and-dirty racing fans to extend the fun. As an added bonus you can continue to play through the Tournament mode that offers up seasonal, weekly, and multiple daily challenges to keep the fun alive! For me, this is the racing experience I’ve been waiting for on Switch (though I’d still love to see FlatOut make an appearance as well), delivering something with well-implemented controls that celebrates the rougher and less nuanced side of races I grew up catching at the local speedway.
Justin Nation, Score: