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Horizon Chase 2 review (PS5) – A brilliant arcade racer

If you’re a fan of arcade racing games, especially those inspired by ’90s classics, chances are you’ve played Horizon Chase Turbo. And now, after a PC release in 2023, its sequel, Horizon Chase 2, has finally made its way to consoles. Bigger and better than its predecessor in just about every single way, it’s a bit of a treat for those who feel a need for speed.

Those who have played Horizon Chase Turbo will be able to jump into Horizon Chase 2 and hit the ground running — it’s pretty much the same at its core. World Tour mode will the be the main attraction here for some; a fairly lengthy campaign that takes players around the world across numerous chapters. Along the way, there are tokens to collect in each event for those who want to strive for full completion, as well as challenging Time Attack stages that are truly of test of your driving abilities.

Aside from the difficulty of events ratcheting up a little by little as you progress through World Tour, what also provides a nice sense of progression is upgrading and customising your vehicles. Coins are earned according to your performance after each event, and these can be spent on new paint jobs, rims and even body kits, totally transforming the look of your favourite rides. Meanwhile, levelling up provides you with upgrade tokens, which can be used to purchase new parts and improve things like handling, acceleration or top speed.

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Outside of World Tour mode, players might stick with Horizon Chase 2 in the long term thanks to its online multiplayer features, where the competition really heats up. When playing online, global leaderboards also provide additional competition, and there’s a fun Challenge Mode that tasks you with completing races while also achieving objectives, like not collecting certain tokens or using boost an absurd number of times. Along with brilliant local co-op options, there’s plenty of reason to keep Horizon Chase 2 installed on your hard drive.

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Presentation is also a strong point of Horizon Chase 2. Visually it’s a massive step up from the first game, with car models and environments being packed with much more detail. What’s really neat is that along with the time of day occasionally shifting during the course of an event, the weather can change, too. You might start out racing with clear visibility, for example, then a sandstorm hits which not only looks spectacular, but also prohibits how far ahead you can see.

Checking out the new PS5 version for review, we’re happy to report that along with looking great, it performs flawlessly. Horizon Chase 2 has a sensational sense of speed, and the rock-solid framerate here does nothing to spoil that. Even better, loading times are very quick, meaning you can move from one event to the next with minimal downtime, keeping you invested in the racing action. There’s decent use of the controller’s haptic feedback, too.

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When it comes to complaints, we have but two. One is that those who have played the original Horizon Chase Turbo might find World Tour mode a little too easy, at least until they’ve made a decent dent in it. It would have perhaps been a good idea to implement some difficulty options. The second is that, like the first game, the cars feel a little bit like they’re on rails at times, and you’re just helping to guide them. But then that’s also a part of its classic inspirations.

Overall, if you’re a fan of arcade racing games, you should pretty much consider Horizon Chase 2 a must-have. It looks great, has a catchy soundtrack, and its gameplay is wonderfully moreish. Thanks to its multiplayer options you can enjoy it with others, too, both online and offline.

This review of Horizon Chase 2 is based on the PS5 version, with a code provided by the game’s publisher. It’s available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch and PC.

Horizon Chase 2 review (PS5) - GameSpew's score

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Bigger and better than its predecessor in every single way, Horizon Chase 2 is a must-have for arcade racing game fans. Its sensational sense of speed and new weather effects in particular make it stand out from the crowd, and its multiplayer features are as welcome as ever.
Bigger and better than its predecessor in every single way, Horizon Chase 2 is a must-have for arcade racing game fans. Its sensational sense of speed and new weather effects in particular make it stand out from the crowd, and its multiplayer features are as welcome as ever.
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Total Score

We like...

  • Sensational sense of speed
  • Challenge mode is a great addition
  • Classic arcade racing action

We don't like...

  • Some might find World Tour mode too easy

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