FLASHOUT 3D is a racing game that came out early in the OUYA’s life, around April 2013. This was before the OUYA itself went retail, and was still in its kickstarter phase. FLASHOUT 3D has a futuristic setting and brings an extra few mechanics to the racing genre. While it is one of the first OUYA games released, it certainly is still one of the better racing games out there.
The graphics in the game are fantastic. The designs of the tracks in each city are breathtaking as you are riding, flying and swerving down them. Everything is vibrant and isn’t lacking in any detail whatsoever. The vehicle are just as detailed as the tracks as well, showing every bit of it. The effects are okay, nothing really to ride home about, and fairly standard for a futuristic style racer. The frame rate keeps at a rather steady pace as well. Slowdown is rarely seen and doesn’t hinder the experience in the slightest.
The music is techno and is quite catchy, yet highly forgettable. It does compliment the game, however, with its futuristic theme and its fast-paced movement. There is an announcer that declares what you have acquired whenever you go over a power-up. This announcer, again, goes with the theme of the game by sounding robotic. It gives that futuristic feeling for the game. The other sound effects such as bullets, explosions and whatnot are also clear, and not overbearing. Everything seems to blend quite well together.
This is a single player racer where you get to go through the grand prix courses in career mode, which open up tracks for later use. There are also Single Race and Time Trial options which allow you to race on tracks you have unlocked with vehicles purchased in career mode. There are plenty of alternate routes on each track to keep you trying to find more to get ahead of the opponent as well. The Difficulty also increases after a few career mode courses, leading to a much more challenging AI, with better stages and cars to unlock. The controls are quite solid as well, the only problem seen was the somewhat lack of deadzone for the thumbsticks. It is there but quite small in size. This hardly takes away from the fun that is FLASHOUT 3D.
FLASHOUT 3D is a fun racer that looks nice, sounds nice, and plays great. From its futuristic looking vehicles and stages, down to its speedy techno music, unlockable passages and steady learning curve. Anyone who is interested in racers on the OUYA should definitely check out FLASHOUT 3D.
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