Feb 2, 2012
Reckless Racing 2 is Polarbit and Pixelbite’s latest entry in their top-down racing series, back with new courses, new graphics, and more of the all-terrain the series has been known for. Races take three forms: standard “finish first” races, races where the racer with the fastest lap time wins, regardless of overall position finish, and elimination races where the last place racer is eliminated at the end of each lap. Racers earn money for competing in races, which can be spent on new cars, upgrades, and car design customizations.
The game is packed with dozens of tracks that consist of specific sections of an overall larger area are packed in the game. There are a variety of circuits that have specific performance requirements, meaning that just loading up on upgrades won’t just mean instant success. There’s an adaptive difficulty for those that don’t want to worry about the difficulty they play on, but it can also be configured to the level of the player’s liking manually. In fact, this is a game that’s all about control and customization to a great degree.
Reckless Racing 2 comes with quite possibly the best control configuration mechanic ever. Want manual gas and brake controls with on-screen buttons? Sure! Want to tilt with auto-gas! Go for it! Want to customize the exact positioning and effective areas of each button? No problem! Reckless Racing 2 is the Zombo.com of control configuration.
Both the Career and Arcade modes award money for performance, so it is rarely in short supply. As well, there’s an online multplayer mode for taking on up to 4 players across the game. It works well and is definitely fun to check out.
The game does tend to lag a bit on the Motorola Xoom; the hardware may just not be capable of keeping up with the game’s detail at high-resolution. Options to trim back some of the detail like in Grand Theft Auto 3 would be appreciated. Some of the road textures appear highly compressed at high resolution; this game may just not be all that optimized for tablets at this point. Some of the early circuits tend to advance in difficulty slower than car upgrades can be bought. In fact, pretty much the biggest money drain will be cosmetic upgrades to the cars; don’t spend any money on those and purchasing upgrades is easy.
While the game needs some performance tweaks under the hood, Reckless Racing 2 is an otherwise great racing experience. At worst, every game designer needs to flat-out steal its control configuration, because it’s rare to find a game that allows me to get the controls absolutely perfect the way I want them. Seriously, developers, start including this.