Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. Nov 29, 2017
    The Nintendo Switch doesn’t allow for too many racing games to shine with the well-regarded Mario Kart 8 Deluxe hogging the spotlight. But Gear.Club Unlimited is stealing the limelight this holiday season with its racing sim action, RPG-lite upgrade system and beautifully rendered licensed cars. Although it’s not a true racing sim, this is still the best racing game available on the Nintendo Switch to date.
  2. Nov 21, 2017
    Gear.Club Unlimited is a very serious bet for the driving games on Nintendo Switch. Its story mode features a huge amount of races and guarantees lots of hours of entertainment. More than 15 brands of the best cars await for the fans of the genre that own a Switch.
  3. Nov 28, 2017
    Gear.Club Unlimited is the most traditional racer to hit the Switch, and a successful outing for Microïds / Eden Games Mobile The graphics, although not as slavish to accurate detail like in a Gran Turismo title, still manage to hold their own, and are crisp and enjoyable.
  4. Nov 24, 2017
    As long as you don’t take the “Serious racing on Switch!” pitch too seriously, you’ll have a lot of fun with Gear.Club Unlimited. This is an engaging, retro arcade racer with a rewarding structure that puts bigger-name games to shame. I’ve reviewed most of this season’s major racers, including Gran Turismo Sport and Need for Speed Payback, and I can honestly say Gear.Club Unlimited was the most entertaining of the bunch. Gear up for a good time, Switch owners.
  5. Nov 22, 2017
    Aside from sub-par sound design, Gear.Club Unlimited offers up an outstanding racing experience for Switch. It straddles the line nicely between offering up a sim-infused experience while keeping the on-track action fast and exciting. The amount of racing types available is impressive and the sense of progression makes it easy for a quick play session to turn into a marathon. GCU is a flawed experience but winds up being greater than the sum of its few flaws thanks to it providing a lot of fun on the track in all of its racing styles. Off the track, it’s fun to expand and customize. It’s a great-looking game and a fine showcase of what can be done with the Switch for racing games — even at an early stage in its lifespan.
  6. 80
    As a semi-casual racing enthusiast I came away impressed at the overall presentation of Gear.Club Unlimited. The car design is beautiful, the racing is smooth and fluid, and the inclusion of the performance workshop is a welcome addition. While it does fall short of becoming a viable replacement for Forza fans, it does provide the Switch with a fun racing game for enthusiasts looking for a more realistic racing experience. If you’re looking for an experience that is unique only to a racing game on Switch, try taking Gear.Club on a subway or train with the window down and feel the wind through your hair as you blast down the open road driving a beautifully detailed McLaren 570s.
  7. Nov 30, 2017
    Gear.Club Unlimited is never going to cut it if you’re in the market for a portable Forza Motorsport or Gran Turismo, but if treated like an arcade racer which you can pick up and put down liberally, you’ll absolutely find some lasting enjoyment with Eden’s racer. With lots of variety on tracks, championships, cars and upgrades, the value of the overall package becomes more desirable every time you boot it up.
  8. Nov 30, 2017
    Not the best driving game by any means and lacks the depth found in other non-Switch simulators, but it´s a fun and interesting arcade-like racer for the Nintendo console.
  9. Nov 21, 2017
    Gear.Club Unlimited is an all-around simple affair. Almost all of the races are short, which is complemented by the very lengthy campaign. The racing is purely arcade in style, and it's more exciting when playing against others instead of against the passive AI. It may not look like a AAA title, but the performance holds up well, and the sense of speed feels right. While not the greatest representation of what a traditional racing game on the Switch should be, Gear.Club Unlimited will hopefully serve as a catalyst to bring more racing titles to the Switch.
  10. Nov 21, 2017
    A racing game with a lot of potential which is comfortable being just a port of a mobile game, instead of a complete experience that takes advantage of Nintendo Switch's potential.
  11. Nov 21, 2017
    If Gear.Club Unlimited can't compete with games like Forza Motorsport or GranTurismo and isn't as fun as a Mario Kart, it's good enough to be considered as a good way to entertain players in need of driving games on Nintendo Switch.
  12. Nov 21, 2017
    Gear.Club Unlimited is a fun but flawed racer. If you put in the effort to get to grips with its unique handling model you’ll find a game that you can really sink your teeth into, and it’ll reward you with plenty of licensed cars and a ton of events to complete. Go in expecting something that handles like Gran Turismo or Forza Motorsport, however, and you’ll be very disappointed.
  13. Nov 21, 2017
    Gear.Club Unlimited is a highly entertaining racing game that sits firmly at the casual end of the realistic racer spectrum. It can be a thrillingly immediate experience, particularly on the go, where you can blast through one of its sweeping courses in just a minute or so. Switch owners hoping for a Gran Turismo or a Forza to call their own will have to wait a little longer, however. What was a commendably rounded console-like racer on mobile seems just a little bit lightweight on Switch, while a few ill-fitting parts have survived the console rebuild.
  14. Dec 7, 2017
    Perhaps it's due to Gear Club's mobile roots, but this title is more form than function, which does not give it a strong foundation.
  15. Nov 21, 2017
    Despite being created from scratch to Nintendo Switch, the game is not as well adapted to consoles as it should be, taking many ideas from smartphones games such as short races or a very simple design to the main adventure. Overall, the game is recommended to racing lovers.
  16. Nov 21, 2017
    This is a very limited title that can’t hide its mobile origins. The lack of similar titles on Switch leave Gear.Club Unlimited as an acceptable options for racing fans, though.
  17. Dec 21, 2017
    Gear Club Unlimited tries to be the race game the Nintendo Switch needs and deserves, but fails. The racing aspect is good for on the go gaming, but the brakes don't really work and if you've seen three or four environments, you've seen them all.
  18. Dec 4, 2017
    Ultimately, Gear.Club Unlimited may have been better served doubling down on either the arcade or the simulation aspects of driving, not both. In attempting to do both, Gear.Club Unlimited stretches too thinly in trying to cater to both crowds, creating a merely serviceable package filled with content brought down by unsatisfying driving.
  19. Nov 30, 2017
    Gear.Club Unlimited is a good racing game, but it seems to lack that sweet, satin finish on the Switch that's so apparent on mobile.
  20. Nov 30, 2017
    Gear.Club Unlimited could have been yet another gem on the Switch, but ultimately feels like exactly what it is. The price tag is shocking and the changes from the mobile game don’t fit the pace of the core experience. While there are moments of fun to be had, this racing game rarely ends up feeling worth the investment.
  21. Nov 27, 2017
    Gear.Club Unlimited may be the only racing car game on the Nintendo Switch for the moment, but it squanders this early lead on a repetitive career, underwhelming presentation and functional, but uninspired gameplay with a price that feels too high.
  22. 60
    I really like Gear.Club, though it is overly simple as far as “serious racers” go, while also lacking the personality and spirit that makes an arcade game soar. It’s a game that’s hampered by being on the Switch – a console that’s not really mechanically built to enable serious racers. At the same time it benefits from being on the Switch, where there isn't any real competition just yet.
  23. 60
    I wanted to love Gear Club Unlimited, I really did, but I’m sorry to say that I don’t. I have been a big fan of Eden Games since their V-Rally days, but I think they have dropped the ball a little here. I understand that this is a port of their racing game for iOS and Android, but this could have been the first and definitive realistic racer on Switch. Unfortunately, it only succeeds in being the first realistic racer on the system. There is a reasonable amount of fun to be had here for racing game fans, but this isn’t going to be the crossover hit that games like Forza or Gran Turismo are on their respective platforms. If you want an arcade racer on Switch you’d be a fool not to buy Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. If you really want a more realistic-style racer then Gear Club Unlimited is worth trying, just don’t expect too much.
  24. Nov 21, 2017
    Gear.Club Unlimited is a fun but flawed experience. It's disappointing that races come in such a short-burst form, lasting for only one or two laps, and around two minutes at most. While this does make it an excellent candidate to fire up whilst on the bus or on-the-go, when playing in TV mode, this structure means that the fun can be altogether too fleeting. Graphically, it's quite pleasing in handheld mode, but it doesn't exactly look fantastic when docked, where the textures look much muddier and less impressive. The career mode certainly offers a lot of variety and depth - even including an online league - and there is also a four-player multiplayer, which provides plenty of entertainment and performs admirably. However, the actual driving experience, in too many ways, seems quite wide of the mark. As a mobile experience, it's okay, but this is not the Switch's answer to Forza and Gran Turismo.
  25. Nov 21, 2017
    I came away disappointed but I can acknowledge that Eden Games has done a decent job in bringing a realistic racing experience to the Switch. While the actual racing tends to grow a bit stale after a while, the ability to upgrade and improve your cars and performance shop makes for a fun mini-game of sorts and a nice distraction. But at its core, this is still a racing game and it’s disappointing that Gear.Club Unlimited doesn’t measure up where it counts.
  26. Dec 4, 2017
    A quite passable arcade racer with licensed race cars and with cleary noticable free-to-play roots.
  27. Dec 7, 2017
    Gear.Club for Nintendo Switch does offer split-screen racing, but again the core racing isn’t all that fun. The best bits are outside of the racing, collecting and upgrading cars, and remodeling and arranging your garage. Which, in case you were wondering, isn’t a good thing for a, you know, racing game.
  28. Dec 11, 2017
    Gear Clubs free-to-play past is not what it used to be. The cars are easy to control and there is a lot to do, but in the end this racegame feels cheap.
  29. Nov 21, 2017
    Gear.Club Unlimited is not a very good game. It’s not a bad game by any stretch of the imagination, but not even it’s impressive car visuals can save it from being just an incredibly average racing game.
  30. Jan 21, 2018
    The Gear.Club is as an excellent mobile racing game, as a the Gear.Club Unlimited is a bad console port. The pros that work great in the free-to-play mobile model are not enough for the console audience. The game suffers from repulsive visuals, a poor car selection, bugs, but above all an unsatisfactory driving model. If you don´t need to play some racing game right now, just wait for another one. Otherwise, Gear.Club Unlimited will not offer you much, only little entertainment, if you are indulgent.
  31. Dec 6, 2017
    A racing game that loses its strengths and motivations in the transition from mobile to Switch.
  32. Nov 30, 2017
    Ultimately, Gear.Club Unlimited it a very basic game in comparison to many other console racing titles.
  33. Nov 22, 2017
    The Unlimited May mean that Gear.Club isn’t shackled by monetisation, but the only real thing that will not be unlimited here is your patience.
  34. Dec 8, 2017
    If you were looking for a Switch equivalent to Forza Motorsport or Gran Turismo I am afraid, you have to continue looking. While thankfully there are no in-app-purchases or grind mechanics, too much still is reminiscent of Gear.Club’s smartphone origins.
  35. Nov 23, 2017
    Gear.Club Unlimited is just a bad port of an otherwise successful mobile racing game. Even if the content is generous, the game is expensive, the gameplay is a joke, the AI is crap and the graphics are ugly. Don't bother with this one if you really like cars and racing games.
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  1. Nov 28, 2017
    I like Gear Club Unlimited, but it’s carried over slightly too much of its mobile heritage to the Switch version. While it’s commendable that its microtransactions and timers are gone, its awkward menus and short races mean it still hasn’t entirely killed off what it used to be.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 67 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 67
  2. Negative: 16 out of 67
  1. d0x
    Nov 21, 2017
    The game isn't horrible but it isn't exactly good either. The controls are very arcade which is fine but for some reason despite the arcadeThe game isn't horrible but it isn't exactly good either. The controls are very arcade which is fine but for some reason despite the arcade roots you can't really drift. If you hit the ebrake you not only slow down way too fast but you also easily lose control because the car behaves in an odd way physics wise.

    You can also ignore the driving line in most cases. Just because it says you need to brake doesn't mean you do which can be confusing so I suggest getting the control down as best as possible and then shut the driving line off.

    The graphics and audio are decent with the graphics being better than the audio. The cars have enough detail as do the tracks but things like smoke and particles effects are basically missing. There are also menu errors, for example if you set options to show MPH instead of kph it will display properly in a race but in the menus it will only show kph.

    Load times are a bit long consider each race generally lasts 1-2 min which is far too short. There are tons of events, over 400 in fact but they reuse assets constantly and again the race itself may be over in literally 1 min. The longest race I've had so far was 3min 12 seconds.

    If you absolutely NEED a new racing game and the switch is your only place to game then go ahead and buy it despite it being over priced there aren't many options for racing games right now. However if you have any other platform, even mobile you should think twice. This is a port of a mobile title and it shows but what really hurts is the $50 price tag.

    So I'm giving the game a 5 which to me means it's average. I'm not IGN where 7 is average lol. 5/10 is a fair score for this title. There is fun to be had but don't buy it expecting it to compete with any other console or pc racing game on the market.

    If the game was $15-20 I'd give it a 7/10 but for $50 it's kinda lucky I didn't give it a 4.

    Buyer beware.
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  2. Nov 23, 2017
    i'd say this just about fills the need -- the need for need fori'd say this just about fills the need -- the need for need for speed.................................................................................. Full Review »
  3. Nov 22, 2017
    great game. grafik are not the best but the races are fun, the shop is incredible, playing in split screen is awesome....the details of eachgreat game. grafik are not the best but the races are fun, the shop is incredible, playing in split screen is awesome....the details of each custom possibility is very nice. For all racing game fan who are looking for an option on switch, GO FOR THIS! Full Review »