Hot Lap Racing for Nintendo Switch & PC thoughts

  • Thread starter GTxForza
Dear racing fans
A while ago, here is what I saw in one of the video game news articles:
Hot Lap Racing announced for Switch, PC - Gematsu

Before you start reading through my thoughts on this, it will contain my humble opinions.

This game appears to be a third-party title, shared in-between Nintendo Switch & PC, in development by Zero Games Studios and going to be published by Just For Games. It looks okay but lower budget compared to the other Simcades like Gran Turismo 7 (PlayStation 5/PlayStation 4), Forza Motorsport 2023 (Xbox Series X/PC) & Codemasters' Formula 1. Judging it doesn't have many licensed cars in it while the two cars, (Ford GT40 & Audi R8 LMP900 class race car), being shown at 0:26, appeared to be generic/not licensed as their respective logo is not shown at all, plus there are not many of the real brands/sponsors featured on the side of the tracks or cars. The graphics are even below current-gen PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X's standards.

The only handful of licensed cars being featured at this moment are:
  • KGM eCup 200 car
  • Mygale F4 gen.2
  • Ligier P217
  • Mygale F3 R
I have a feeling that its handling model may feel less realistic compared to the other Simcades like the Formula 1 series (By Codemasters), Gran Turismo 7 (By Polyphony Digital), and Forza Motorsport 2023 (By Turn 10). As I said it appears to be a lower budget in terms of development, so Zero Games Studios wouldn't be able to hire a proper professional handling model director and any sort of professional racing consultant (The race car drivers that test drive individual real cars to give feedback to their respective developer, direct them to program and mimic the in-game handling model as accurate as possible to the real world).

So there is no doubt that its handling model is going to be far more unrealistic than Assetto Corsa 2 (Coming up Sim Racing Game), Le Mans Ultimate (Coming up Sim Racing Game), Assetto Corsa Competizione, GTR Revival (Coming up Sim Racing Game), rFactor 2, iRacing, RENNSPORT, Automobilista 2, original Assetto Corsa and RaceRoom.

Side notes:
  • None of the licensed racing wheel peripherals for Nintendo Switch feature force feedback/vibration, judging them only having a bungee cord rather than an electric motor inside the wheelbase. Unlike most racing wheel peripherals for PCs & licensed for PS5 and Xbox Series X, they do support force feedback as they have an electric motor implemented inside the wheelbase, can support add-ons like load-cell pedals set, changeable steering wheel, handbrake, and gear shifter.
  • I also find Nintendo consoles are more suited for arcade-style kart racing/Mario Kart-type games than any sort of photo-realistic racing games for its library of games.
  • Not to be confused with Hot Lap League by Ultimate Studio (A TrackMania alternative).
  • Gran Turismo 7 and Forza Motorsport 2023 both still have online DRM, oh well.
  • I doubt this game is going to be ported to PS5 and Xbox Series X.
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