If you’re looking for a racing game set in a totally different universe than what you’re used to, then here you go. VSR: Void Space Racing catapults players up into the ether where there’s no gravity. There’s also no drifting to be had, no bumper to bumper argy bargy or even weapon slinging combat going on – it’s a very different experience you’re thrown into. Up in space there’s no friction so once you do hit the gas, you just run on and on for eternity. But developers Sonka don’t want you to get lost in space. After all, they are pretty much experts at making such a space racing scenario work, and this is how…
The premise is simple, you race against 8 other competitors, but instead of following a track, you need to sail through rings and win the race. Waypoints show which direct the ring is and where the upcoming one is placed. Because there is no set path to take, it’s more about finding the quickest way to each one.
Now VSR is no push over. Despite 3 different difficulty settings, it does take time to settle in. I really don’t know where these guys learnt their intergalactic racing skills from, but it took me an hour to land first place. Playing it too safe will see you come a comfortable last, while pushing your craft can make you enter hoops at the wrong angle and waste precious seconds getting back on track to the next checkpoint. Once you understand what’s going on, VSR delivers a fast and beautiful experience. Graphically it looks great too. Space stations, platforms and meteor’s torment the screen while glistening distant stars give depth and beauty. Accompanying this is a pumping, electro soundtrack that tops off the whole experience.
Once you get the feel for the game tracks unlock and there are unlockable spaceships to gain. As well as the main Single Player experience ,VSR pits you against Time Trail and Multiplayer with vertical split-screen and online leaderboards. While it’s not a huge game, there’s definitely a real challenge ahead. Avoiding structures and banging into satellites make each race an exciting one, and chasing the glowing trails left behind by the leading pack only furthers your desire to push your craft into more outlandish moves. Even though you’re limited by the small number of tracks, you do have something very addictive.
VSR: Void Space Racing has heaps of atmosphere and really brings a different and intelligent racer to the Nintendo eShop. With all the retro racers and platformers about lately, it’s refreshing to see something new and exciting land on our screens.
Lizard Rating: 7.5/10