Racing games with a casual look but surprisingly un-arcadey handling have become popular as a casual sim racing alternative. Super Woden GP 2 ticks that box as well – but with interesting additions. The game just launched on Steam.
Super Woden GP 2 is a bit odd at first glance. The brand-new title obviously pays hommage to the arcade racers of the 1990s, but the Gran Turismo inspiration is impossible to ignore at the same time. Simply booting up the game and being greeted by a main menu presented as a world map, including dealerships, should leave no doubt about this.
We got to play Super Woden GP 2 ahead of its November 10 2023 release. Created by the one-man team of ViJuDa, it follows 2021’s Super Woden GP, which received generally favorable reviews. Like the first entry to the series, SWGP2 oozes with retro charm. Players can even use filters to make it look like its played on an old CRT TV.
Racing Lines & Nostalgic Music
If you are familiar with Circuit Superstars, Super Woden GP 2 will feel somewhat familiar to you. While lacking pit stops, tire wear or fuel consumption, focusing on a good racing line and not full-throttling it everywhere are crucial to succes in the game. The top-down view found in titles like CSUP or Art of Rally is also present. Another great addition: a soundtrack that made the author of this article think back to the Ridge Racer series – a nice bit of nostalgia.
The throwback vibe extends to the car selection, too. Players can shop for new rides at nine different dealerships from different countries, each featuring their unique car brand. While the cars are not licensed, they do strongly resemble real-life counterparts. The car selection includes vehicles from roughly the 1960s to the late 1990s.
Cars can be upgraded, washed and even get an oil change (another Gran Turismo nod?) at the workshop. Upgrades are noticeable on track, as are the different characteristics of each car. We started our test run with totally-not-a-Golf GTI, which feels agile, but not very fast. After winning a Cinder Opalium, running that was a different story. More power, but also more boat-like handling. And bespoke racing or rally cars can get downright hectic.
Super Woden GP 2 Cars: From Hatchbacks To Rally & Racing
Wait, rally cars? Yup, those are included as well. In fact, entering the Arcade game mode switches things up entirely, including a Super Woden Rally splash screen and a time limit to complete stages, plus the aforementioned arcade filter.
Rallys are part of the normal campaing as well, though. Players can choose to attend single-race weekends, rallys, championships and even endurance events. Placing well in these gets you rewards in the form of stars, which you need to unlock more events. Of course, credits for car upgrades or the purchase of new vehicles are also awarded.
Super Woden GP 2 features a local multiplayer mode for up to four players. Unfortunately, there is no online multiplayer at the time of the game’s release. Meanwhile, online leaderboards to compare lap times are present, however.
Accordingly, SWGP2 is primarily a singleplayer affair as it stands. The addition of an online multiplayer further down the road could make the game more interesting to players. Time will tell if this is in the plans. In the meantime, it is possible to play online with up to four friends via Steam Remote Play.
Super Woden GP 2 Release
The game always left us wanting to do one more race or championship – a good sign of an enjoyable time. Races are short, and lap times rarely exceed 60 seconds. As a result, Super Woden GP 2 is a great pick-up-and-play alternative if you want a somewhat casual break from more serious games or simulations.
Super Woden GP 2 has just launched on Steam. The game is exclusively available for PC and costs €12,95 – after November 17, that is. Until then, players save 35% on SWGP2 thanks to an introductory offer.
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