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At a Glance: Driveclub PS Plus Edition

Mason Sylvia

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Let’s be honest: despite the hype and premature guarantees of mind-blowing success, Driveclub didn’t exactly come screaming off the starting line when it launched back in October last year. After several delays, it finally launched and it was plagued with record breaking server issues and in a nutshell, wasn’t ready at all. I’m surprised it didn’t receive an accolade for the biggest launch fail of 2014, especially considering the fact that both Sony and Evolution Studios admitted to being embarrassed. It was an absolute shame, but over time, it managed to redeem itself and get back on track as being a definitive racing experience and arguably, the PlayStation’s answer to Forza.

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Almost nine months later, the PlayStation Plus Edition, that was originally supposed to be a supplement to the full experience and release alongside the main game, albeit three days later, has launched. What really gets my goat is: why bother? At this point, a majority of the people who actually want Driveclub most likely already own it and those who don’t are probably waiting for a price drop. If there’s a RedBox nearby, you can rent a copy for $2 per day. GameStop is already offering new copies for $19.99 and those erring on the side of caution can pick up a preowned copy for ironically, around $30, with a seven-day return policy. I suppose the sentiment itself should be appreciated, but why waste the time and effort to release what amounts to little more than a generous demo almost a year later?

Driveclub: PS Plus Edition includes:

  • Every DriveClub feature: from online multiplayer matches and challenges, to offline solo racing, Tour events, customization, replays, Photo Mode and more.
  • The option to create your own races with full control over the time of day and the weather.
  • Access to all 13 tracks in India, one of six locations in Driveclub.
  • Access to 15 cars.
  • A full set of 27 PlayStation trophies, including the coveted platinum.

You do get a nice amount of content for free and I suppose it can be exploited as a way to experience enough of Driveclub to either sate or whet one’s appetite without actually having to spend money, but I have to admit: trying to do virtually anything without the game telling you, “Please upgrade to the full version to access this content” gets annoying quickly. To add insult to injury, you can’t even use the free DLC available for Driveclub in the PS Plus Edition. I know it sounds rather foolish to even spit venom at free stuff, but honestly, what is the point? Driveclub is cheap enough as it is and certainly worth the price tag if you’re a fan of racing games and I honestly feel as though any and all time and effort that went into pumping out this PS Plus edition could have been spent improving the overall experience.

What are your thoughts about the PS Plus Edition or of Driveclub in general? Sound off in the comments below.

Video game enthusiast, James Bond aficionado, Tomb Raider expert, and lover of Beefeater gin. I'm a creature of habit and I'm either found buried in a book or working through my video game backlog when I'm not working my day job.

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