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Wildshade: Unicorn Champions

Developer: Nacon

Competititve Mutliplayer
  • Price: $39.99
  • Release Date: Nov 30, 2023
  • Number of Players: 1 - 4
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  • ESRB Rating: E [Everyone]
  • So it’s an “accessible” racing game with a variety of equine rides… but it is also quite limited and dull

    So, racing games and the Nintendo Switch. As you’re probably aware, there’s a certain mustachioed plumber and his friends who pretty well represent the pinnacle of family-friendly racing. Without a doubt, all other titles I’ve played on the system in the genre have been fighting for second place at best, but even with that said Wildshade isn’t remotely in that pack. I’m not even sure it could be considered to be on the same track as most of the competition even. What makes this an absolutely different sort of racer is first that you’re not riding some mechanical vehicle, you’re instead on the back of a horse or some mythical variation on one. This wouldn’t have to be worse necessarily, but then when you start “racing” the many limitations begin to come to light. You can sort of slide turn, but it’s lacking in nuance and technique so sometimes it may be worse than just hitting the wall. The power-ups are muddled at best, though I suppose they lend themselves to a more randomly chaotic feel. On the whole the tracks and the general style of play feels very “on rails” somehow and in general you feel more at the mercy of the whims of the game than earning your place. I suppose for younger players or people who love the idea of breeding more exotic horses there could be some appeal to that aspect of the title, but the racing really is too watered down to be memorable, even for inexperienced players I’d wager.

    Justin Nation, Score:
    Bad [5.1]

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