Gear.Club Unlimited 2 – Ultimate Edition review: Forza Horizon 5’s rival?
Gear.Club Unlimited 2 – Ultimate Edition is the adaptation of the version released some time ago exclusively on Nintendo Switch, for PC and the latest generation consoles (both Xbox and PlayStation), on sale at a price that is around 39 euros. The launch in this period, dominated by Forza Horizon 5 on Xbox and PC, could have been counterproductive, but the title has immediately shown that it has what it takes to carve out a space in the hearts and in the users’ library. Let’s find out in our full review.
The graphic department of Gear.Club Unlimited 2 – Ultimate Edition it is of excellent level, it cannot be compared to the results obtained with Forza Horizon 5, but we can consider it more than satisfactory, even when running on Xbox Series X / S (the version we tested directly) or PS5. The frame rate in the dedicated version is stable, but what the title manages to assert itself on are i details of cars. The models that can be purchased are many, the polygonal count is high, and the textures quite defined.
THE traced they are divided in relation to the area to which the general map belongs, they cross the areas of large parks, coastal areas, desert areas (complete with sand dunes) and cities, offering a fair amount of variety. We note more than anything else the absence of one satisfactory definition of the areas immediately lateral to the track, the reproduction of the “track” (as it is run on the road), is accurate, everything else appears a little too “dirty” and not very clear.
The mechanics of the cars are faithful to reality, although it lacks details in accidents (they have no results), in the environmental implications, or in the course of rallies, for example, the car gets very little dirty, and perhaps some visual effect too much (the sparks in the contacts, or the smoke in the tires). In our test on Xbox Series X, the execution was linear, without frame rate drops and with a good overall resolution; excellent are the shadows and reflections in the water, with small defects here and there.
Story and Style of Play
Gear.Club Unlimited 2 – Ultimate Edition offers various game modes, the most complete is clearly the Careerin the course of which we impersonate a tester of a team, which one day finds itself in the role of driver, following the absence of the employee himself. The success found in the replacement tenders pushes the owner to offer us the job; from here begins our climb to success, with a excellent progression of levels and power of the machines. The cutscenesthe only dialogues (localized in English but with texts in Italian) are “visual”, with the interlocutor’s image and the underlying translation; these are never too trivial and offer an outline to the whole experience.
Inside the Career several are available championshipsdivided according to the “typology” of the cars involved, with performances specials created ad hoc to allow us to earn more money. Very interesting are also the seasons on the circuit, or special events, such as the championship entirely dedicated to Porsche (if won, it allows you to get a car). Net of the circuit, whose race is organized on 6 turnscomplete with pit stop strategy (choice of tires and fuel) and qualifying, the events are divided between Derby (a normal race with cars), elimination and time trial.
Unlike Forza Horizon 5, in this case the choice of the race does not happen by moving inside a open world, as anticipated it will be necessary to move the cursor on the map, selecting the desired event. The variety is more than enough, thanks to the presence of rally; we really enjoyed the Endurance Series, they are reminiscent of Gran Turismo and have a fair amount of customization.
The mechanism that regulates the entire experience has been tested and already seen, each race is associated with one rewardthe more events you win, the more money you make, and consequently it will be easier to improve the car.
Powerups and Gameplay
L’workshop in fact it assumes a central role in Gear.Club Unlimited 2 – Ultimate Edition, it will be possible to manage and organize it at will, installing the necessary machines to upgrade your cars. THE upgrades Not they require specific knowledge, are “piloted” and will depend on the level of the machinery, as well as the money available. Excellent progression generalallows you to slowly gain experience with the game, before increasing the degree of difficulty.
These are generally within the reach of even the most inexperienced users, various “aids” can be activated, however by removing them completely you can enjoy a more realistic experience, not too difficult. The drift arcadeinstead of simulation, it makes racing more fun and open to a wider audience.
The gameplay, or control system, is simple and intuitive; even after having completely removed the aids, we never noticed any difficulties or negativity to report, on the contrary, it is even easier than other games of the same type. We feel the “realism” in the upgrades installed, a Mustang with worn or low-level tires, will “tail” more easily than the same model with tires adequate; the same goes for the differences between the various cars, a good characterization and precision that allows you to enjoy hours of pure fun, without ever tiring (the longevity is quite high).
Gear.Club Unlimited 2 – Ultimate Edition: conclusions
In conclusion Gear.Club Unlimited 2 – Ultimate Edition it is good, far from the most important Forza Horizon 5 and Gran Turismo, but still able to satisfy the user without too many pretensions. Its strengths are a gameplay well conceived and realistic, an excellent definition of the numerous cars that can be purchased, and the variety of the events / seasons that can be accessed in the continuation of the experience.
On the other side of the coin we find one graphics too devoted to the track alone, the details in the outline are actually lacking, as well as the sound, music that is too repeated that in the long run can tire. The Arcade drift is appreciated, however the collisions they are unrealistic, indeed sometimes they are even recommended for gaining positions or “eliminating” rivals. The customization is excellent and the upgrades, although they leave very little room for the user’s inventiveness, are too “piloted”, if not in the Endurance Series.
Gear.Club Unlimited 2 – Ultimate Edition
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- Good gameplay and control system
- Excellent career progression
- Many upgrades that can be installed
- Numerous “purchasable” cars with in-game currency
- Variety of circuits and races
- Lack of realism in accidents and contacts
- Environmental details are lacking
- Piloted upgrades
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