Absolute Drift: Zen Edition Review | PS4

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Absolute Drift is a racing game about becoming a master at the art of drifting. Nothing more, nothing less. The game is basically broken down into the most pure and simplistic elements of racing so it’s basically your car and the track. Funselektor Labs has created something truly special here that highlights the beauty and artistry of drifting minus all the distractions.

There are two ways to play Absolute Drift. You can either free roam the world, which is set up into different worlds that you unlock. Each world has a set number of mini objectives you have to complete in order to open up a new one and unlock those world’s races and events. You can literally play the entire game from Free Roam mode as it includes the open world sections and all the racing events you unlock in each section.

The other mode you can play is called Events and it’s in this mode where you just play the racing events you have unlocked. This mode you would pick if you just want to get into the meat and potatoes of racing. For me, I played this mode when I wanted to jump right into trying to beat all the challenges in each race without having to look for that specific race on the open world map. You will however need to jump back into the open world to unlock new races.

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Graphically, Absolute Drift looks fantastic. There are no fancy textures on objects or realistic environments. Instead everything is presented to you in the most minimal way possible. Objects are mainly just simple shapes with solid colors while the only thing that is remotely detailed is your vehicle. This look however makes the game look incredibly beautiful and zen like. You’re focused entirely on your car with only the skid marks behind you to tell you whether or not you’re completing a successful drift.

Not only are the visuals good, but the soundtrack in Absolute Drift is amazing. It’s the perfect blend of electronic music for this type of gameplay. Word of caution however if you plan on streaming this game. The music will be flagged by Youtube’s systems so as much as it pains me to say this, you’ll have to turn off the music for streaming.

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Absolute Drift is a joy to play that’s not only challenging, but also quite relaxing. There are days where I take the game seriously and try to complete all the challenges on each race track and other days where I just cruise around the open world and mess around without a care in the world. Both allow me to enjoy my love of driving in a way that is indeed zen like.


Review code provided to us by the publisher/developer.

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