Polygon updates their Driveclub Review

Driveclub's greatest contribution to the racing genre is how it manages to seamlessly blend the act of racing solo with asynchronous competition against your friends. That one major boon is aided by a solid (if unremarkable) core and some of the best visuals of this generation so far.

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Yi-Long852d ago

I bought it 1-2 months ago for 22,50€ when it was on sale on PSN, and I've been having ALOT of fun with it. Great great racer. It'sa ll about that gameplay and amazing trackdesign. All of them very fun to race on, again and again. I don't think there's a boring/poor track in the game.

It's not a perfect game, as the diversity in cars is a bit limited (no Japanese cars, no American cars (although DLC have added some I believe), no classic cars, etc), and perhaps it could have used a few more locations... but I'd rate it a 8.5 or even 9.

It's probably the best racer I've played since last gen's PGR series, and the first GRID.

Aery852d ago

One of the best racer I've played.
This updated score is still a joke, but it's polygon, I can't expect anything better from them.

Aery852d ago

Btw, from 7.5 to 5 to 7.5.

That's why I think they show how unprofessional they are.

The game, since its original release has improved a lot.
So the first time they scored it 7.5 because they liked it, then they updated it to 5 because it was broken, then after tons of updates that have improved the game from its initial release a TON they go back to just 7.5, as if the game is as good as it was at the beginning, but not broke.
It is ridiculous.

subtenko851d ago

No one cares what you think Polygon you POS BS review writers. Changing your scores to a lower back to the original when they added more content too.

GTFO with that shet!

Saw Drive Club, was informed they were adding things, played it, 9/10 for sure!

TheTimeDoctor852d ago (Edited 852d ago )

I think 7.5-8 is fair. A fun game

medman852d ago (Edited 852d ago )

I think 8.5 would be a fair score for Driveclub. What it does, it does exceptionally well, and it's the most addictive racing game (and the most beautiful) I've ever played....but it is missing alot of customization features and the cars do tend to perform a bit too similarly, particularly the braking performance. How I wouldn't kill for a brake bias setting or an opportunity to feel like the carbon ceramics that certain cars have in reality were actually reflected in improved braking performance in the game. I'm not asking for all out customization options, it's not that type of game...but the braking performance is not up to par with the rest of the game, in my opinion. For example, in Driveclub, it's absolutely essential to use the parking brake to help steer through a corner, as the understeer of every car is pretty bad. That may be a design decision due to the heavy drift focus on the game, but I would prefer not to pull the ebrake through corners...I don't in reality. Those sort of shortcomings are why Driveclub shouldn't get a 9 or above, but again, it's an excellent racer and the most fun I've had in a racing game in a very long time.

jc12852d ago (Edited 852d ago )

I agree. I'd give it a B-. Its a solid game that's a grown a lot since launch. It's certainly fun to play.

That being said, it does lack a true single player campaign. It also lacks car variety, car customization, real-time damage, and has mostly bumper-car tracks...These shortfalls by no means ruin the game, but they prevent it, at least in my opinion, from being a truly great racer.

fr0sty851d ago

Had they not originally scored it a 7.5, I'd agree. Though I personally would rate it 8-8.5.

u4one852d ago

I'd say it could have used tuning and customizing options as well as race configuration options etc. It's missing so much stuff compared to other solid racers. Not to compare it to forza, but the customizing of cars and how it rolls into social multiplayer aspects is part of what makes it so cool, in addition to the great racing etc. The car meetups let you check out other people's cars, race them buy them, view them etc. Super cool.

DC has certainly gotten better since launch. Id say a 7.5 is fair. I went from thinking it was a joke to at least picking it up from time to time for some quick races online.

Yi-Long852d ago

The balance is pretty good in Driveclub, and allowing modding and tuning etc etc might take away that balance, or at least THE IDEA of balance.

While I can enjoy those aspects in the SP career mode of a game like Forza, basically crafting and creating a car from different upgrades and tweaking it all to handle as good as possible, Driveclub seems to really just focus on the core-aspect of RACING, and does that very well (IMHO).

I love just starting it up, pickinga car and track, and just go. The gameplay itself is FUN, even after repeated playing on the same tracks.

It's as close to a rally-game as I've seen from a non-Rally game, in that in Driveclub you're also just constantly 'fighting' against the track itself, cause there's always a little bump in the road, a little dip, a little slippery spot, a corner that's challenging, etc etc. I love that.

It truly makes me wish these developers would produce a rally-game, or at least rally-expansion for Driveclub.

Utalkin2me852d ago

Don't you get tired of being in every DC article saying the exact same stuff? Broken record would get tired of hearing you.

jc12852d ago

u4one- I somewhat see your point. I dont think its unreasonable to give this game a 7.5. I think that's a slightly - and I mean SLIGHTLY - low score, but not by much. I'd give it an 8.

iceman06851d ago

I think that you are judging this game based on something that it was never meant to be. It wasn't supposed to be a "tuner/customization" ; styled game. It was meant to be a more arcade racer with handling that attempts a balance between arcade and sim. It's NOT meant to be GT or Forza or Project Cars. As for the score, I think that a solid 8 would be fair (7.5 being not too far off, I'm not upset).

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Aceman18852d ago

For me this game was a solid 9+ from the beginning even with the server issues. The racing is just exciting and fast. For me it's just pure racing without the nonsense.

ravens52851d ago

Great racing game, a 9 to me. It's much better now due to spotify I can race and listen to tunes. It's very challenging and fun. 9/10

3-4-5851d ago (Edited 851d ago )

* Polygon.

You have no soul.

Grow a spine, and stick with your decision.

* If you've been fooled I'll let you in on a little secret.

* They are just doing this for publicity.

No instead of getting your clicks ONCE per game score review........

They can now get your clicks 3-5 times per game score if they keep changing it.

* All this leads to is more rehashed articles and them basically getting payed for reviewing their own reviews.

You are helping them get paid for reviewing their own reviews.

Think about how stupid that is people.

Wake Up please.

Trying to help you.

fanboysmackdown851d ago

And to me, that's why we play the games we do. You enjoyed playing it and that's all that matters. Reviewers or other people's opinions mean squat and I don't let them ruin my enjoyment from any game. Gonna pick this title up soon too, it's almost at the price I was waiting for.

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GarrusVakarian852d ago (Edited 852d ago )

"It's debatable whether DriveClub is actually a better game than it was with the addition of new tracks and cars and the weather system, but it's certainly more of what was already good."

Haha, what the hell am I reading? How on earth is that debatable? The inclusion of those things 100% objectively makes the game better.

Never change, Polygon. Never change.

OB1Biker852d ago

Yea that bit doesn't make sense and I'm not bothered to know what else they got to say anyway

ikkokucrisis852d ago

Omg they "made you look" didn't they!

Nekroo91852d ago

So much saltiness in the disagrees... The game is probably an 8.5/9.0

Transistor852d ago

You can go into a Polygon article knowing it's going to be terrible and still be shocked by how terrible it is.

Volkama852d ago (Edited 852d ago )

Say you don't like someone cos their breath smells of poo. That person could buy a really cool new hat. Objectively speaking, they just became better! But their breath still smells of poo so you still don't like them any more than you did.

Driveclub is has a cool hat (Weather, replays, photomode, Japan etc). But if you didn't like the handling or AI or whatever else then the game hasn't really improved.

MrDead852d ago (Edited 852d ago )

Whats wrong with the handling and AI, those are the two areas that Driveclub excels at.

Edit: @Septic
Driveclub was always a good solid racer but unfortunately suffered from severe network issues.

"a sprinkling of extra cars on an already lacking list"

I can tell you don't play this game, it's quite hard to keep up with all the added content this game has received. I've never known a game to be supported like this one.

Septic852d ago

Weather made the game look better for sure but look at the rest :

* replays -a basic feature you expect in racers

* photo mode - not really something that makes the gameplay better

* a sprinkling of extra cars on an already lacking list.

The game's shortfalls remain and yet people want to pretend all the above transformed the game into something amazing.

OB1Biker852d ago

That comparison sounds silly tbh but I think the AI has been improved actually

'people want to pretend'
a lots of people have opinions and preferences different than yours you know

Crimzon851d ago

Well the handling and physics are just awful. They lack the sheer fun and thrills of an arcade racer and the challenge and reward of a simulation racer. Instead, the physics just sit in an uncomfortable middle ground of the two which results in one of the most dull driving experiences in the genre.

The AI is also abysmal and seems to lack any awareness of the player. This isn't from reckless driving either, but simply sticking cleanly to the racing line and braking where appropriate etc. will still see you rammed into oblivion.

Now take the above two points into consideration with track design that is incredibly tight and narrow and the core gameplay experience is just terrible, and this is without doubt one of the worst racing games I have ever played. The list of faults and problems with this game is long, and the only redeeming feature I can possibly point to is the graphics. Unfortunately however, I play games for the gameplay, and not for the graphics.

What's worse is that this game was supposed to have revolutionary online play and team-based racing. What was it in reality? A cheap, inferior copy of the Autolog system that Criterion pioneered with Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit. Well, except for the fact that this game's cheap copy of said Autolog system doesn't even work correctly and is broken.

This game is terrible, and even giving it 7/5/10 is being far too generous. If this was a multiplatform game it would receive the criticism it rightfully deserves, but because it's exclusive then all of a sudden it becomes immune to criticism and people laughably claim it as the best racing game around? What a joke.

I got this game free with my PS4 and I still feel ripped-off, I wish I'd had a better game filling that slot in the bundle I bought instead. I'm just glad I was able to get a decent price for this game on eBay before it's value nosedived after word got out about how terrible it is. This is hands-down one of the worst racing games of the past ten years.

rainslacker851d ago

True, you can't polish a turd and all that. But they found the game OK overall...unremarkable, but good. So if it's good, how is having more of it a bad thing, and how is it possible to say that having more of something good(in a game) doesn't just make it better?

Hate to bring it up, but the Order was a good game, so if it had more content(for length)...that being tracks in this case, and more varied game design component in this case, would it not have been a better game?

Volkama851d ago

@rainslacker the quote says driveclub has added more of what it was already good at. If the things it isn't good at had been addressed (like your length of The Order) it would have a higher score. But so long as the flaws remain they still have just as much weight on the score.

It isn't the same as saying "the improvements don't improve it", but you can't just keep adding up positives or you'll end up giving games 78 out of 10.