Distance is not your average racing game.
But then again, what is an average racing game? Mario Kart? Forza Horizon? Nascar 2005 Race for the Cup? I don’t know, but whatever Distance falls under, it’s a pretty sick category.
The story for Distance is kind of implied, but as the Steam page says: “Fusing futuristic arcade racing with parkour, survive a deadly, mysterious, neon-drenched city by jumping, rotating, and flying.”
Yeah, that’s pretty much it. You’re thrust into this wild Mystery Men styled city with roads that wind up, down, sideways, and every way you can think of. Along the way, there are countless obstacles ranging from spinning blades, laser beams, walls that materialize in front of you, and even just ramps where the road gives way to nothing.
With terrain like that, you’d imagine that you’d have to have quite the car to navigate it all. And you do indeed! The car you drive is souped up with crazy technology allowing you to grip to the road like glue (as long as you’re going fast enough), boost your speed to make those jumps, and even fly through the levels where the only objective is to survive to the end of the track with your best time.
There is an adventure mode where you go through a series of tracks designed by the developers, but they say that this is not the main aspect of the game, as it will remain short and only serve as a glorified tutorial on how to control your car. The core of the game revolves around the Steam workshop which provides countless community made maps that you can race on for the best time.
There’s also a multiplayer aspect to the game, allowing players to either split screen or play online in one of several game modes ranging from a simple race, to stunt mode, where you flip around in a stadium-like track to get as many points as possible, to reverse tag which has one player who’s ‘it’ with a timer that increases while other players try to chase him down. The first player to reach 3:00 on their timer is the winner.
Like I said above, there is a community workshop around this game with hundreds of maps to download. In addition to this is a level editor that has been included in-game. You can create your own map and upload it to the workshop for others to race on and beat your best time.
This game is still in early access, and is receiving constant support. There is no set release date for the game, but it’s getting new content all the time, so I’d suggest you buy into it, it’s a pretty fun game! Although there aren’t many people playing online, there’s still a lot of fun to be had here with the countless maps that have been made for the community workshop. You can even go into the game and randomly generate a track using a seed!
It may not be triple-a, but it’s d**n good for what it is.
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