FAST Racing Neo
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Fast Racing Neo offers a welcome and competent substitute for the long-absent F-Zero that's light on extras, but commanding on the track.
Fast Racing Neo is a grueling, rewarding racer. The temptation to chuck a controller across the room after instantly jumping from first to last will likely strike a handful of times, and it's a bit thin on customization options, but when all of its high notes line up, Fast Racing Neo is an exhilarating, devilishly grueling game that absolutely pulses with energy.
It certainly looks the part, but although this never plays quite as well as F-Zero GX it's close enough that most fans will forgive its lack of refinement.
The racing is fast and exciting, but a lack of activities beyond simply nabbing first place pulls the game back
It's this challenge vs. reward dichotomy that makes FAST Racing Neo worthwhile. It's not quite F-Zero; it may look similar, but only in the way that cousins do, even though one's favored by the family, so the other one punches you when you're not looking for no reason. But even though it's not exactly like an F-Zero, it certainly deserves a place at the family dinner table. It's a futuristic racer for gamers who are serious about their racing, even when we hit the future at over 300 miles per hour.
Fast Racing Neo made a strong impression right off the bat, and is easily one of my favorite games this year. It's fast, it's responsive, it has a compelling color-switching mechanic, and Hero Mode provides a stupidly fast-paced challenge that's going to last me quite some time. I have very little bad to say about this game beside the fact that the resolution dips in split-screen. When that's the worst you can say about a game, it's pretty darn impressive.
Fast Racing Neo isn't F-Zero, nor is it Wipeout, and it's definitely not Ikaruga. It is, however, a shining example of futuristic racing that'll help fill a void in Nintendo's Wii U catalogue. While its difficulty level may not be as welcoming as most modern gamers are used to, those who persevere will discover a pure racing experience that manages to retain its own identity.
An addictive game that succesfully replicates the F-Zero formula. With bare-bones mechanics and production values, it still is one of the most enjoyable Wii U game available on the eShop.
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It won't be for everyone, but this is a brutal and unwavering assault on the senses, made for the most hardcore of racing fans.
Though the steep difficulty may make it less accessible to some gamers, FAST Racing Neo looks fantastic and performs very well in action, making this one game to not let race past you.