[PlayStation 5] NeoSprint Review

by EdEN, Owner

Atari classic racer Sprint is back, thanks to NeoSprint from Headless Chicken Games. Are you ready? Then check out our NeoSprint review!

Atari classic racer Sprint is back, thanks to NeoSprint from Headless Chicken. We’ve been having a huge Atari revival on PlayStation and Nintendo Switch thanks to the many reimagined takes on beloved classics from ages past. I’ve had a chance to review pretty much all of them either on Nintendo’s hybrid console or on Sony’s PlayStation hardware, with the last one being Lunar Lander Beyond, which takes the Lunar Lander we all know and love and spins it with a new narrative twist and a solid HD hand-drawn presentation on PlayStation 5.

This racing series got its start way back in 1976 with the arcade game Sprint 2, which featured a two-player setup. It was followed by Sprint 1 in 1978, which, no, is not a sequel. Sprint 1 was the single-player variant of the game. The series continued to expand, with Super Sprint released in 1986, which allowed for up to three players to participate. There was also Championship Sprint, which launched in the same year and featured support for up to two players at a time. It’s now 2024, and thanks to Headless Chicken Games, it’s time to dive back into the driver’s seat for a colorful arcade-style racing experience!

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Once you get started, you’ll be sent to a short tutorial where you’ll learn all of the basics. You can accelerate by pressing the X or R2 buttons or by pressing up on the D-Pad. You can brake and eventually go in reverse by pressing the Circle or L2 buttons or by pressing down on the D-Pad. You can also decide to steer your vehicle by using the left analog stick. If you need to quickly see where your car is, you can press the L1 button. And if you end up making a mistake on the track, you can quickly reposition your vehicle by pressing the Triangle button. Oh, and you can use the handbrake with the Square button, which will also allow you to drift for a bit while racing.

Before you begin to race, you’ll be given a chance to customize your single-player experience depending on your taste and needs. The camera can be placed so that it focuses on the track or on the car you’re driving. You can also enable or disable controller vibration feedback, as well as decide if you want a marker for your car so that it’s easier to spot on the track. Be sure to test out both camera options so that you can find out which one best suits your playing style. You can play in Campaign, Grand Prix, Free Race, Obstacle Course, or Time Trial.

Campaign Mode allows you to take on the game’s story as you aim to become the champion that you deserve to be. Grand Prix Mode will have you racing over multiple races to try and win it all. Free Race Mode allows you to drive on tracks that you’ve created or that have been uploaded by gamers from around the world. Obstacle Course Mode is an interesting one since it will have you taking on the races from the Campaign Mode but with obstacles placed on the tracks, which will change how you approach things. As for Time Trial Mode, as the name suggests, you’ll have to race against the clock as you aim to get the best score possible.

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There are 9 different cars for you to try out as you race on each of the aforementioned options. The cars are split into Open Wheel, Prototype, and Touring vehicles, and each one will have different values for acceleration, max speed, and turn for you to consider. The cars are the QOTILE CX-265, NB 2600, HAVOC OR1, LYNX HG-01, WR80 DRAGON, BAILEY 681, XEGS 384, LOGG SUPER B, and STELLA HS. You can customize every vehicle by changing its overall color with the available options and can unlock additional colors as you play this game more and more. Which car will become your favorite?

This release also has a Track Builder feature that will allow you to work on creating your very own tracks and share them with the world. You’ll use the toolbar on the side of the screen to select the different pieces for your track as you move them around or rotate them as needed. The Track Builder uses a grid system to make the track creation process easier and more intuitive. You’ll have four different biomes to choose from – forest, desert, winter, and city – to alter your track’s look. You’ll need to place a finish line tile to work on your creation as you edit this or that part. Before you can share your track, you’ll first need to validate it’s a viable track by racing on it and making it to the finish line.

NeoSprint Review - 4

And now… it’s trophy time! This one has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy waiting for you. The list is split into 22 Bronze trophies, 11 Silver trophies, and 4 Gold trophies. What will you be doing for that new Platinum trophy? You’ll need to complete the Track Builder tutorial, place a special track piece, create a small track, create a large track, play one of your own custom tracks, apply a car skin and race with it, unlock all skins, play a race with all car types, jump 100 times, drift 10 times on a single race, drift for 10 seconds, race on 100 races, get a max speed of 150 km/h or more, ride for 500 miles, ride for 1,000 miles, and complete all campaign cups, to name some examples.

NeoSprint brings us a revival for the classic arcade racing series that some of us grew up playing way back in the day. It offers a top-down camera angle for each track, which makes it a lot easier to keep track of your vehicle as you aim to become the champion that you deserve to be. You can play this one on your own or go online to race against gamers from around the world… as long as you have a PlayStation Plus subscription! NeoSprint is out today on PlayStation 5 with a $24.99 price tag.

NeoSprint Review - 5

This NeoSprint review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Atari.

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