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  • Summary: Destroy obstacles, take shortcuts, and forget any rules until the end to win.
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8 Minutes Of Square Enix's New Racing Game Gravel
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Mar 12, 2018
    80
    While Gravel has issues like strange collisions, cars literally merging into each other and some issues with shadows, there is a lot to say about it. There's a wide variety of racing types, tracks and cars to use. Almost everything is fast paced and entertaining and simply gratifying. Simply put, Gravel is a very good arcade style racing game and Milestone's best game yet.
  2. Mar 1, 2018
    80
    Despite one or two cruel difficulty spikes, Gravel is one of the better examples of off-road racing in a while. Its mix of semi-realism and over-the-top arcade style makes for some exciting races, while its progression system keeps it accessible to almost anyone.
  3. Mar 5, 2018
    75
    Gravel is a great racing experience for veterans and newcomers alike, with so many tracks and cars to unlock this game will keep you busy for a while. However being unable to find an online match has me worried that the replay value of this game isn't very good after you've played through the meat of the single-player game.
  4. Feb 27, 2018
    70
    Gravel is a solid title, with an old school gameplay, but few game modes. There's a good variety of cars and locations, with a strong connection to the past and the present of the off road story. There are, however, some technical problems.
  5. May 8, 2018
    66
    With its relatively realistic physics, Gravel is a game on the hard side. However, if you are looking for an arcade-like offroad race game, you should be able to appreciate this one.
  6. Games Master UK
    Mar 22, 2018
    60
    Intermittently fun, but not consistently hair-raising enough to keep you glued to the steering wheel. [Apr 2018, p.80]
  7. Mar 1, 2018
    50
    Gravel is aptly named: rough, mildly broken, and dull.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Feb 28, 2018
    10
    Excellent game in terms of fun: graphics are clearly catching more and more benefits thanks to the usage of the Unreal4 engine (illumination,Excellent game in terms of fun: graphics are clearly catching more and more benefits thanks to the usage of the Unreal4 engine (illumination, weather conds, etc.). Some tracks are really well done, such as for Namibia and Australia, and the multiplayer is very well done. Excellent 60fps on my Pro.
    It's not and doesn't intend to be a sim, so... catch your gamepad if you've those 20mins of free time and have fun!
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  2. Feb 27, 2018
    9
    While this game isn't on the level of Forza or Gran Turismo its a lot of fun!!!
    Its not very deep, but its a nice break from the other racing
    While this game isn't on the level of Forza or Gran Turismo its a lot of fun!!!
    Its not very deep, but its a nice break from the other racing titles to relax and not take
    things so seriously. Cars, tracks, weather conditions, damage, shortcuts, jumps, What could you ask for?
    Graphics 8
    Sound 8
    Controls 9
    Fun factor 10
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  3. Jul 22, 2018
    8
    After owing this game for a few weeks, sinking hours into it and completing the career mode, What can I say apart from "Gravel is FLAMINGAfter owing this game for a few weeks, sinking hours into it and completing the career mode, What can I say apart from "Gravel is FLAMING FANTASTIC". Its not perfect by any means but its a fun addictive game that's easy to recommend to anyone with even a slight interest in racing games.

    First of all its important to mention that YES Gravel is an Off-Road based Arcade racer however its is realistic enough and apart from a few strange collisions the physics are reasonably on point, In short Gravel isn't as much of an arcade game as Burnout or NFS and its not as much of a Sim as Project Cars. Instead it sits in the same league as the Forza Horizon games and obviously is strongly influenced by the old school classics such as Sega Rally.

    Good Points
    - Graphically, While Gravel doesn't meet the draw dropping elements of Forza or Gran Turismo it is still a great looking game and it has its own art style that remains consistent throughout. Lighting, weather effects and track detail are top notch, Car detailing and Locations are ok, Some of the far away objects and textures are a little dated looking but certainly not a letdown

    - Gameplay wise Gravel is FUN!!! Seriously!! The racing is unbelievably addictive and is constantly intense and thrilling as Gravel is one of those rare racing titles where the challenge level is nailed! Weather you win or loose a race its always by the skin of of your teeth. For an Arcade racer Gravel can be very challenging and some of the Time-Attack and Smash up events can really leave you really perplexed over how to get a better time.

    - The progression "Star" system is very well done and is another thing that makes gravel addictive, No matter how many times you complete an event you will want to do it over and over without getting bored until you've earned the max amount of stars out of every event.

    - Variety! Another reason Gravel is never boring is the amount of variety in the Tracks, Locations, Vehicles, and Event Types. There's just so much to keep the player going.

    Bad points
    - Some of the liveries on the cars are a bit lacking, Some are fantastic and suit the games art style but most are simple two to three colour patterns that look like something from an N64 era title and there's usually only 3 or 4 available per car that have to be earned as you level up. Good idea but really there should be 3 or 4 to start off with, with more to earn. And the ones you earn should actually look good... And the earning the Boss liveries each time you beat one of the bosses... While its a good idea in itself why didn't they think to remove the bosses name when you apply the livery to your vehicle? SERIOUSLY! Who the hell wants to drive around with someone else's name on their car!!! Seriously annoying!

    - Last but not least, The lack of depth in the career mode! This seems to be the problem with alot of Milestone games recently. While no one necessarily plays racing games for the story, I feel that Gravel had a good premise, With each series of events being catalogued into an episode of the 'Gravel' TV Show and having to beat the main rival at the end of each series... Great idea but SO much more could have been done with it... Drivatar's, sponsor objectives, fan building, PR etc etc... Bit of a missed opportunity.

    Anyway imperfections aside, Gravel may not be the next Forza Horizon 3 but its the best game of this type since then and is one of the best racers of 2018 without a doubt! Go buy this game, don't let it be swept under the rug!
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  4. Mar 19, 2018
    6
    The driving part of it is fun; there is a mix of arcade and simulation that I can enjoy (though I prefer as much arcadey as possible - theThe driving part of it is fun; there is a mix of arcade and simulation that I can enjoy (though I prefer as much arcadey as possible - the Motorstorm series is my favorite). So Gravel is not a bad game, it delivers the driving, the championships, that package you would expect from a game like that - with a lot of customization for those who are interested in tweaking their game. It's all there.

    But I will not sugarcoat it. Gravel is a very ugly game. The scenery might fool you for a while, with the lighting effects and all, but the cars are a travesty. Blocky and ugly, making Gravel look like a PS3 game (like a game the PS3 would get by the end of its lifespan). Gravel looks like a "PS3 remaster" not a PS4 title. It's that ugly. When the car spins like a coin, after a crash, it's actually pretty funny... it's unbelievable they released the game like this... looks unfinished and unpolished.

    I expected a bit more from it... watching the trailers and gameplay videos. Maybe on the PC it's better (probably is); but on the consoles it looks like sh*t. Offers racing fun for a while, but it's ugly as sh*t, sorry.
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  5. Feb 28, 2018
    5
    No Local Split-Screen Multiplayer. That automatically reduces the possible fun value of this game. Don't developers understand that this isNo Local Split-Screen Multiplayer. That automatically reduces the possible fun value of this game. Don't developers understand that this is the best way to give the game appeal and longevity? What the gaming world really needs is a new Blur. Expand
  6. Mar 12, 2018
    4
    This game had a chance to refresh the stale arcade racing genre but it lacks depth, the career is just a sequence of senseless races withoutThis game had a chance to refresh the stale arcade racing genre but it lacks depth, the career is just a sequence of senseless races without any kind of progression, the vehicle physics is "floaty", buggy and frustrating to control and the tracks are mostly plain highways going trough boring environments.
    Multiplayer didn't work at all and that's one of the biggest reason for such a low score.
    4 is a poor result but this game doesn't feel AAA except for the menu and some parts of the presentation.
    I honestly don't see any reason to buy this game full price, but for the amount of time you will need to go trough the mildly boring campaign 10-15 bucks may be the right price to pick it up if you are really desperate to have a cheap Sega Rally to waste a week end on.
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  7. Jun 4, 2019
    0
    I paid $9.99 for the deluxe edition of this game. I feel like I overpaid by at least ( dollars.

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