Drift21 Review - Drifting out of sight

Written by Vicken B on Sun, May 31, 2020 12:00 PM
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As someone who just updated their outdated Logitech Driving Force GT wheel setup with a Logitech G29 setup I have been looking for more and more games to play with a wheel, going as far back as playing Mudrunner with a wheel (which by the way, is way more fun than i thought). As the title suggests, Drift21 revolves around driving and drifting. But be warned that this game is in very early access, and here's hoping it gets more development. So let's keep that in mind with the rest of this review.

So obviously being a drifting game first thing i did was try and use my wheel with it, and although it does work it just felt completely unplayable. They've since done a few updates and the wheel works well and everything can be bound to what you'd like. It's still a bit buggy with the controls, but if you're interested I suggest waiting a bit and checking up on the developer blogs and steam reviews at a later point in time when more updates are released.

As with any other racing game, the settings need to be tweaked to your liking, including degrees of rotation and force feedback. I tried playing with 900° of rotation and it was just unplayable, at the time there was no force feedback setting so it was just on. If you watch any type of drifting the steering wheel rotates very quickly and very easily, as if there is no feedback, and for drifting when you need to turn the wheel quickly one way to the other; the quicker you can do it the better. It's been sorted out since I first started playing, and it's much more manageable with a wheel now, although your own settings will need to be tweaked for personal preference, but that's the same with any racing game.

Graphics-wise the game does look really good for being such a small folder size, that also comes down to not having many tracks at all to drift on. As of the time of this review there's only 3 tracks and very minimal content. The car modding and tweaking is very reminiscent of Car Mechanic Simulator, everything can be modded and tweaked as well as dyno runs for horsepower and torque, and everything looks fabulous. The audio is nothing to write home about though, just your basic tire screeching and vehicle noise, there's nothing much going on. 

The part where this game falls flat on their face is the content. There is not much to do, a couple maps with only a handful of events to do on each, and once they're done you have absolutely nothing else to do. Now this can be said about all racing games but even most have a career mode of sorts that keep you going back for more, or even better yet a multiplayer mode. Only three cars are available and only three maps are available and all three are very small. I did want to wait a bit before writing this review as the game was completely unplayable with a wheel and even a controller on day one. Since then they have added a couple small patches and it's made the game much better to play now. I would have given this a rating of 3 on release, but now it's up to a 5. For the 25$/€ asking price though, that's way too much. I understand it's early access but they are pretty much asking for people to be beta testers and pay for it. 

Now a full on drifting game has promise, drifting is an art and quite difficult for most people. This game really has a great way of showing that. I would absolutely love to see way more cars, more maps, maybe even a multiplayer where people can compete against each other, that would make this way more enjoyable. It has a lot of promise for early access and hopefully the developers keep working on it and don't end support for a game that clearly shows a lot of potential, but at this point in time I just can't recommend it. 

Pros

  • Great graphics.
  • Good car modding.
  • Tuneable cars.

Cons

  • Physics need work.
  • Lack of content so far.
Score

5

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00:18 Jun-07-2020

Another excellent review

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10:36 Jun-01-2020

Every time I see an S14/S15 I want to kick my dad's arse for selling his, I want one so badly. XD

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00:51 Jun-02-2020

I'd kick your dad's arse for selling it too! Anybody who sells one of those and isn't legitimately about to die in a few weeks is kind of nuts. Even though production ended in 1999, they consistently remain one of the best and most sought after cars for the purposes of drifting, primarily due to A- relatively lightweight, B- extremely balanced 55/45 front/rear weight distribution, and C- abundance of aftermarket parts available.

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01:01 Jun-02-2020

That's why having a wife and kids sucks. XD

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09:20 Jun-02-2020

There's no problem with having a wife, the kids are the ones that need the space. Nothing wrong with having a two seater or a coupe with small rear seats. Fits two adults anyway XD

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11:37 Jun-02-2020

No it's just that, the thing is that when you have a wife and kids you can't go and risk your life drifting left and right up and down hills, cuz if you kick the bucket shiz goes down.
My dad has always had multiple cars for different purposes. Nowadays it's just 4 cars for him and his workers for work and 1 family car.

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07:49 Jun-01-2020

Interested in knowing your take on Assetto Corsa Competizione Vicken B. Couldn't click on your name to take me to your other reviews so I'm assuming you haven't reviewed ACC yet ... or have you

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08:11 Jun-01-2020

I have not unfortunately, i did recently buy AC on humble for around 4€ and prefer it to project cars 2, seems like in both games when i brake full stop and steer the rear end gives out, doesn't happen in f1 but I'm assuming it's just the difference in cars. I did race against Artur Leclerc in his open lobbies and found myself about 2-3sec off their time. I'm only using a g29, a chair that rolls back and a very tiny desk so I'm happy with that.

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09:06 Jun-01-2020

Oh I didn't realize that was you lol. I love AC too. Just tried ACC during the free weekend they had. Really like how incredibly detailed it is with all the different options and monitoring stats etc. Was on sale for a great price too. Not sure what all they have in store for the roadmap.
I'm also looking to get Project Cars 1 and 2 on a sale hopefully. Really like that too. And hopefully some day a wheel setup, because a gamepad is pretty limiting.

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09:51 Jun-01-2020

Yes that's me, resident test driver haha. It's like playing PC2, you try an m3 and you're all over the place, take an LMP2 and the thing is on rails. To be honest, once you get good on a gamepad you can set some crushing lap times, a wheel setup has such a learning curve I'm pretty sure it deters people from keeping em. For about a month or so my lap times we're way faster with a controller. Tweak it and set it your way im in top 10% of most tracks in F1 2019, and you should see how small my setup is. I bet if i can cheer my chair rolling back, i can go even faster.

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05:09 Jun-01-2020

graphics mediocre

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09:22 Jun-02-2020

I still wonder why curves of the roads are still so low poly (like the kerb stones in the first pic). Example being the tunnels from GTA 4 (I know, old game). The devs could've easily quadrupled the segments for each turn making it look nicer.

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21:19 May-31-2020

a 5? oof

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21:34 May-31-2020

Yea there's not much to do to be honest, i wish it was better but unforunate. They added a map since then but still too small, not much to do.

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