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I mean it with the utmost sincerity when I say that Gravel is a tremendous surprise for me. I’ve never jumped at an opportunity to review any racing game, but I’m especially glad that this one came my way. Once again, Milestone has demonstrated why they’re one of the premier racing developers. If you’re even a casual racing fan as I am, Gravel is absolutely worth your time.
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.
Gravel is a game displaced. It’s a competent and occasionally pretty pick-up-and-play arcade racing game at its core, but it has the whiff of a game released in the wrong era – a scent it just can’t shake. A 2018 rendition of ’90s ambition. Gravel certainly channels the spirit and straightforward simplicity of Milestone’s own 1997 arcade off-roader Screamer Rally but it has no unique hook for today’s audience; no over-the-top arcade pizazz that folks will still be discussing 10 or 15 years down the track.