Developer Eden Games has been in the gaming industry for decades, working on famous games such as the V-Rally and Test Drive Unlimited series. Well, more recently, the developer released Gear.Club Unlimited 2 in 2018 exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.
Fast forward to 2022 and Gear.Club Unlimited 2 has now been ported to PC, PlayStation and Xbox consoles. We reviewed the PS5 version of the game over the holidays, and here are our thoughts on this new racing title.
When I first heard that Gear.Club Unlimited 2 was a Nintendo exclusive, I didn’t expect the graphics to be this polished on the PS5. To my amazement, the game doesn’t look too bad when played on the more powerful PS5 console.
Amazingly, the game features real car models and the vehicles look realistic. The cars have brilliant highlights and generally sharp detail. The one thing this game is sorely lacking is an inside view of the steering wheel cockpit.
Unfortunately, the only realistic visuals in the entire game are the vehicles. It looks like the developer has cut corners when it comes to the details of the actual levels and environment. The background objects and sets look budget, and it’s like something you might see from a PS3 or Xbox 360 game.
That being said, this game doesn’t have AAA production values, so don’t expect it to look like Forza Horizon 5 or the upcoming Gran Turismo 7. Although the graphics are hit or miss, let us tell you how the game is played.
When it comes to racing games, the most important thing developers need to master is the driving physics. Some developers opt for a more simulation feel like the Gran Turismo series. On the other hand, there’s the more arcade style of gameplay seen in games like the Forza Horizon and Need for Speed series.
Although I enjoyed previous Eden games, Gear.Club Unlimited 2 is unfortunately not a great racing game. The main issue I have with the game is the fact that the racing physics are atrocious.
There is one major issue with this game regarding how you can turn your car. The cars in this game feel clunky and stiff most of the time. Not to mention that I usually skid whenever I want to turn hard left or right. It doesn’t matter how many times I choose a different car or use different tires. The end result always feels like the car is sliding on ice. It is also difficult trying to catch up with the AI racers as you play the game. At the start of the game, the AI racers are usually easy to beat and you can win races quite easily.
After playing the game for several hours, the difficulty skyrockets and you will find it hard to win the races. The only way to win races later is if you can tune your car. Tuning your car costs thousands of dollars, and you’ll need to win every race along the way if you want to stay competitive. If you can’t afford the much-needed upgrades, you’ll have to run the same errands over and over to
earn more money.
Luckily, this game has no damage, so you don’t have to worry about crashing into walls all the time. I remember playing an old game called Street Racing Syndicate where you had to pay a lot
money for repairs!
In addition to tuning your car’s specs, you can also customize its appearance. You can choose from many colors and you can even add unique designs to the exterior of the car. I can see many car enthusiasts spending a lot of time making their cars even more special!
For a low-budget title, it’s still impressive that this game still manages to include 50 real-life cars. This is an increase from the 32 cars that were only available in the 2018 version of the Nintendo Switch game. Cars can be expensive, so you’ll have to grind if you want to get them all.
The only issue I have with the list of cars is that this game doesn’t organize them alphabetically by manufacturer. The cars are listed together as a random group for some weird reason. The game needed a proper dealer to better organize things.
Apart from the long single-player campaign, you can also experience the multiplayer mode. There’s both online multiplayer and couch co-op. Overall, Gear.Club Unlimited 2 looks like a low-budget racing title with inconsistent visuals and terrible racing physics. If you own a PS5 or Xbox Series X/S, better buy something better like Forza or a Gran Turismo instead.