Xbox One Review: Onrush

The next big arcade racer?

Race, smash and takedown your opponents in a break from the norm action/arcade racing. Dare to be reckless and win at all costs as you enter into the world’s most celebrated and globally streamed, extreme sport. Onrush catapults you into the heart of the action, as you chase down vehicles in vibrant, multi-layered, landscapes that promises to thrill, excite and encourage players to perform the most extravagant takedowns.

Most racing games require you to win by crossing the finish line first…but Onrush does things differently by making it a team game that is more focused on car combat and tricks pulled off with your car. Jumps and so on will fill a power meter that will give you a nice boost along the tracks, while also making sure to add to the overall score for your team. It’s an interesting concept and one that breaks the mould of traditional racers and even arcade racers.

Single-player has a career option that will give you AI companions which will help you out towards hitting the score total before your rivals. Online is where Onrush becomes more of a battleground for supremacy and you can easily see this becoming a contender for an eSports game due to the high-speed and competitive nature of the game.

Visually, Onrush is a stunning game featuring Xbox One X enhancements, running in 4K with HDR support for those with the right TVs. Luckily, I do, and I can tell you, it’s breath-taking. Codemasters have outdone themselves here. The sound effects are well done, and the soundtrack isn’t too shabby either.

The Verdict

A great concept makes for a great racer in this case by mixing up the traditional first-place wins formula with a team-based one. Onrush is addictive, competitive madness that any racing fan will love.

Score: 8.5