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High Octane Drift Review: One of the Hardest Drifting Games

We decided to hop into High Octane Drift as soon as the game was released as an early access game on Steam. It’s a nice 3d simulation game and realistic like hell. The only problem is since we started playing it, the difficulties were confirmed. Controlling the car in this game was a real pain. The game is small, it takes approx. 1.3g of HD space. What’s more important, it’s made on Unity engine by Cruderocks, a new small company that made a big promise for the upcoming years. This High Octane Drift Review should definitely help you understand the game better and make you download it.

High Octane Drift Review

Well, the game looked kinda nice since the beginning. It was a little bit of a problem joining the game on NA servers, but after the connection went through we were able to play. Keep in mind that you are limited to play on NA servers because it’s still in early access. In the beginning you will get tips and it will ask you to choose a graphic option, all the way from fastest to finest. It’s totally yours to choose and we think the game is 99% playable on a low budget PC. If you do not choose anything, you’ll get the default settings. First of all, you start in a garage with your stock car ready for a drive. You can see the image below.

high octane drift

Shop, Garage, Community, Tuning… everything you need is displayed at the top of the screen. Keep in mind that you can see all the options and features this game offers in the video below.

High Octane Drift has a lot of potentials to grow big and outrun some other driving games, ofc if the developers continue to listen to the players and fix their needs. Speaking of drifting, every single gamer that loves racing games cannot go against it. Well, the big surprise for all of those players is that in this game they will definitely start to sweat. Every single core gamer that loves racing games will be definitely amazed from the difficulty this game offers. Someone will master it, but someone will definitely struggle while trying to find a way to perform the best possible drift.

Believe us, this game is hard as it can be!

What is more important is that the developers are really trying hard to bring the players a nice drifting experience, making the game a lot better by fixing bugs, updating the game frequently and listening to the community. The community makes the game, not the other way around. Even a bigger companies have failed by acting crazy and not listening the players needs. It’s a good start and they just need to keep it up.

Basic Game Story and what it supports

You start as a rookie in a live drifting community, earning reputation and cash to build your unique drifting car, gather your crew and win top class in the High Octane Drifting Series.

  • Realtime multiplayer up to 32 players
  • Evergrowing collection of cars with changeable aerodynamic elements
  • 1500+ performance parts for 20+ swappable engines
  • Customizable suspension, gear ratios and wheel lock angles for fine tuning
  • Create and upload your very own car liveries for everybody to see
  • Build rare parts in a workshop for ultimate performance
  • Team up to beat other crews
  • Participate in different events and championships to get exclusive prizes and fame

Tuning Your Car

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Yes, shopping, tweaking, fixing, adding different layers, coloring rims, spoilers… everything is possible in this game. You can see all of the options this game offers in the video below. Some of the features might not be working as it is still in open beta. However, another thing that every single game loves to do. Customizing your car with different colors is a possibility right now. For doing that, you are going to be needed Greens or Rupees which can be earned throughout playing the game. The sad part is that we did not try this game against another players because it took ages to find an opponent.

High Octane Drift Graphics

They are falling behind in this part, but hey, we are talking about a new and small developing company. As we started playing the game, we enjoy it. 3 of our gamers were competing to each other while playing the practice mode. We can say that you can definitely enjoy the graphics as it is somewhere between a grade of 5/10. The textures, shadows, everything looks nice but still, there might be a possibility to fix it and make it even better. Adding a bit to the surroundings should not hurt that much for the gamers with lower pc specs. Fixing those road stripes could be a big deal too. Also, adding a more realistic grass should do the job.

High Octane Drift Sound

This is where they fall off for a bigger step. The sound seems more static, even when shifting through the gears, it definitely stays the same. Sometimes it’s even getting stuck. What is more important is that it kinda hurts on the ears and I was not able to find any kind of options to lower down the volume. We hope we are wrong about this. The next part is the ingame menu sound. You can hear it in the video below, it’s making my ears go crazy, but hey, it’s only the beginning of a new company with a new game on the market that promises a lot.

We are pretty sure that the sound is going to be fixed in near future. As they do a lot of updates and fixes whenever possible. That’s why is still in early access, right?

High Octane Drift Gameplay – Video

Upcoming features

We know the game it’s in early access, but hey, you are probably going to be able to team up with players. A feature that will be probably released as soon as possible while the early access is still online. Teaming up is not available right now, but make sure you visit this article and enjoy the ride when it comes online. We’ll keep this article updated for you. Team races? Hell yes, just bring it on. It should be one of the best features in this game.


High Octane Drift Minimum and Recommended Requirements


  • OS: Microsoft Windows 7 x64
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo [3.0GHz] or AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ [3.2GHz]
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: nVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 [512 MB] or ATI Radeon HD 5670 [512 MB]
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 1024 MB available space
  • Sound Card: Any


  • OS: Microsoft Windows 10 x64
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-3470 [3.20GHz] or AMD FX-6300 [3.5Ghz]
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Graphics: nVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 [2 GB] or AMD Radeon HD 7870 [2 GB]
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 1024 MB available space
  • Sound Card: Any

Overall, We’d love to thank CrudeRocks for making this game a reality. Having a hard drifting game on our menu will be really awesome. Keep up the good work and be sure we are following you, just like every single other game. If you are experienced drifter and you love this kind of games, getting this game is a MUST. Do not judge fast as it is still in beta.

We hope you love this review. If you’re already a High Octane Drift gamer and you need to report a bug, click here and tell the devs what is going on. Also, do not forget to tell us what you think for High Octane Drift by leaving a reply in the comment section down below.

High Octane Drift Review


Our Score

A drifting game that is more realistic than ever before.

User Rating: 3.63 ( 5 votes)



About Angel Kicevski

Angel has started playing video games a long time ago. He started playing competitively since the Counter-Strike 1.3 era. Angeal always wanted to own a website. Now, when the mission is accomplished, he's striving for success and nothing else. Besides that, he quit his full-time job to work on futuregamereleases.com. Now, this is his full-time job, and he's enjoying it. Angel is married and has one beautiful baby daughter. Babysitting, Gaming, and making poetry out of it at the same time it's tough!

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  • James

    I love long reviews! You guys are awesome!