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  • Summary: 80'S OVERDRIVE is a 2D pixel art racing game, designed to take you back in time to when 8 and 16 bit consoles and arcade games ruled the world. Compete against opponents in career mode to unlock new races, buy new cars, and upgrade them with state-of-the-art technologies! Try your skill in80'S OVERDRIVE is a 2D pixel art racing game, designed to take you back in time to when 8 and 16 bit consoles and arcade games ruled the world. Compete against opponents in career mode to unlock new races, buy new cars, and upgrade them with state-of-the-art technologies! Try your skill in time attack mode and see how far you can get in this race against the clock! Create your own tracks with built-in track generator and easily share them with your friends. Expand
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. May 18, 2020
    80
    ’80s Overdrive comes to the Switch in top form and stands even taller on the hybrid console than it did on the 3DS three years ago. With games like the original arcade great Outrun and other modern games like Horizon Chase Turbo that it inspired, it would be easy to get lost in the shuffle, but it doesn’t. It stands out thanks to a bright visual style and a memorable soundtrack that makes use of some of the best ’80s-infused music you could ask for. It controls like a dream and even the original version’s touchscreen support is retained for menus to make things easier to navigate. It does fall a bit short with track creation, but is a must-buy overall. ’80s Overdrive is one of the best racing experiences on the Switch, period.
  2. May 11, 2020
    70
    Visually appealing retro racer with great music, but also very evident weaknesses in terms of AI and controls.
  3. May 11, 2020
    60
    80’s Overdrive asserts that Out Run’s combination of breakneck racing and frantic traffic negotiation will fit neatly inside the progression-focused model of a modern game. It doesn’t, and 80’s Overdrive almost runs out of gas before it reaches a comfortable destination. All the lavish neon and thumping synthwave in the world can’t help 80’s Overdrive make twenty minutes last six hours.
  4. Jun 16, 2020
    60
    80’s Overdrive gets enough of its core concept right to provide an enjoyable, highly playable racing experience. It’s unambitious, and the overall package is lacking in polish and reasons to keep playing. But there’s plenty of fun while it lasts.
  5. May 17, 2020
    60
    80’s Overdrive may be wonderfully presented, but its problem is that price-wise it’s sandwiched between two similar games that are better. Sega Ages Out Run is cheaper and its tight controls remain impeccable today, while Horizon Chase Turbo may be double the price but is significantly superior in almost every notable way, including control, amount of content and sense of speed. If you absolutely need another ‘80s style racing game then this will keep you entertained for a few hours, but there are better alternatives.
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  1. Oct 11, 2020
    2
    I wanted to like this game, the nostalgia, the graphics and music reminiscent of top gear on snes. unfortunately cars handle like a drunkenI wanted to like this game, the nostalgia, the graphics and music reminiscent of top gear on snes. unfortunately cars handle like a drunken whale, other racecars slam into you and reduce your speed to 0 while remaining at their top speed, AI for traffic makes no sense and they almost seek to slam into you. Adding insult to injury when you finally scrape enough money to upgrade your car you likely have no money to pay the race fees for any profitable race and you have to wash the cars of others TWICE to enter the most basic of races (which likely wont cover the fee for repairs since your going to get hit like an ISIS pickup truck from a tomahawk missile from ridiculous AI. pick it up on sale for 5$ if it drops that low or invest in a hammer to smack yourself in the middle of the face with, same basic feeling after 2 hours gameplay.

    10/10 for nostalgia
    1/10 for controls (.25 second input lag)
    1/10 for progression
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