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Absolute Drift: Zen Edition (Xbox)

Developed by Funselektor Labs, Absolute Drift: Zen Edition is available now on PC (£8.99), PS4 (£9.49) and Xbox One (£9.59).

Absolute Drift is a racing game with the focal point being that you are to become a master of drifting!

Absolute Drift is very simplistic yet beautiful with a stark white background, bright blue water and dashes of colour, it is easy to relax into the game without much distraction. The soundtracks are well suited to the game without overpowering your experience. My only issue with the music is that when it automatically changes to the next song the game stutters which can mean the end of your current drift! There are no issues when I change songs myself and I can't see any way of turning off the music so hopefully, a future patch will rectify this issue.

You are given a tutorial which you can replay as many times as you like with helpful hints at how to actually drift and the controls you will need. Absolute Drift is fairly easy to pick up and play but how successful you will be at drifting is a whole other issue. For me, It seems that I am pretty hit and miss at being able to maintain a drift for any good amount of time. 

The controls do feel a little unresponsive at times and sometimes I swear the car turns the opposite direction to the way I'm steering on the stick! For the most part, though, I think it will just require a large amount of practice to perfect the art of drifting!

Once you have decided to leave the tutorial area, you are welcomed into an open world (which has been separated into smaller worlds) which you are free to explore and complete missions and over 30 events in! You can even unlock new cars and paint them!

You are not locked out of anywhere because of your skill ability (thankfully), the missions in each world are pretty easy and once completed, unlocks the next part of the bigger world for you to explore. Completing challenges in the events will unlock the "midnight events" which are simply stunning and add a whole new challenge because suddenly it's dark!

The leaderboards on Absolute Drift are a great feature, you can see how well you fare against the rest of the players and even lets you know if you're in the top 1% or bottom 25% like me. I love the fact that you can choose to have a ghost driver on track; at one point when I was struggling with drifting, I enabled the world leader's ghost and tried to learn from them by copying their driving! It sort of worked...

I have noticed that when calculating your score during the challenges there does seem to be some inconsistencies, sometimes when you hit a wall your multiplier will go but some other times it doesn't. The multiplier also doesn't seem to be very good at linking drifts together, sometimes missing out a whole drift altogether. I feel like it should add up with each successful drift but I am often left thinking, "Well why didn't that one count but that one did?" It is very frustrating especially when a lot of the challenges are score or multiplier based.

Absolute Drift has 20 achievements available for a total of 1,000 Gamerscore. Although the achievement list is short, they are brilliantly named and are varied in their requirements. Some of them I think I may have to just accept here and now that I'll probably never be able to get (I'm looking at you "over 2,000,000 points in a level") but they will be fun to try and unlock. If you need any help or guidance with any of the achievements then head over to True Achievements where you will find lots of useful information.

Overall, I've had a bittersweet experience with Absolute Drift. Drifting is certainly a tricky skill to master and yet the game has an extraordinary ability to make you think "oh just one more go" with every event, and my lack of drifting skills frustrate me to no end but saying that I've mostly enjoyed playing it! If I had to give it a score it would be 7/10. It's pretty fun but does have minor irritating issues.

A game code was provided for the purpose of this review. Thank you!
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