Review VS. Racing 2
An energetic arcade racer
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 29 May 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Easy controls, fun gameplay mechanics
Lackluster progression system, shallow driving physics
Racing games are great because they can do well on just about any platform you put them on. Not to mention, there is such a large variety genre-wise that there is undoubtedly one for everyone. VS. Racing 2 for Android doesn’t try to carve its path through the same photo-realism inspired games that dominate the market. Instead, it takes a really arcadey, top-down approach and it really pays off.
I enjoyed playing this game the moment I hopped into my first race. You control your car with a steering wheel that, surprise, steers your car in the direction you want to go on the track. There are no buttons for accelerating and braking. Accelerating happens on its own and braking, well, it’s there but if you’re braking then you’re doing it wrong.
Now this game has totally thrown realistic driving physics completely out of the window. You can do some basic drifting by simply turning really sharp, but most turns can be taken really well without having to do anything other than pointing the nose of the car in that direction.
As you race you’ll obviously unlock money which can be used to upgrade your vehicle and buy new ones. The game has no licensing, so none of the cars in-game look like cars you’d see out on the road. And to be honest, while the progression system is there, it feels like it’s only there because it’s expected to be there. The gameplay itself is fun enough. There was nothing in the progression system that was very enticing.