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Going online is a literal ghost town. I think I played one match in my time reviewing the game. On Xbox One there are simply no players frequenting the circuit. Sad as the racing in Gravel is actually pretty fun.Visually the game opts to take advantage of the Xbox One X in the form of 4K resolution. Sadly it is locked to 30fps and does not support HDR. Still the tracks are well-designed and the cars look good. There is a sort of generic drape over the entire game, but it still looks slick.
Throwing its ample range of vehicles around its generous assortment of off-road tracks is mostly an enjoyable experience, especially when you can engage in a bit of rough and tumble; your vehicle becoming suitably beaten up. It's never going to overly impress you, but it lays solid foundations for a series that could go somewhere. With its stunning scenery and fairly open track design, I'd love to see Milestone throw caution to the wind, add a boost button and go all-out arcade. Just then, we might have a worthy successor to Motorstorm on our hands.
While it won’t unseat Forza as king of racing games on the Xbox One, there is a lot of good fun to be had here. Gravel is both visually and audibly satisfying, and comes with a decent pool of content. It’s a shame that the game lacks a dynamic commentary system, but outside of this, only a few technical issues linger, pulling it just shy of greatness.