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Hot Wheels: Colosseum X Games
Hot-Wheels CXG
Developer(s) 10 Days Games
Eidos Montreal
Crystal Dynamics
Publisher(s) Square Enix
Distributor(s) Mattel
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 3
PlayStation 4
Xbox 360
Xbox One
Krusty Krab
Wii U
Genre(s) Racing
Release Date(s)
WW October 14, 2014
Mode(s)
Single-player, multiplayer
Age Rating(s)
ESRB: E 10+
PEGI: 10

Hot Wheels: Colosseum X Games is an arcade racing video game developed by 10 Days Games with Eidos Montreal and Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix for Microsoft WindowsPlayStation 3, PlayStation 4Xbox 360, Xbox One, Krusty Krab and Wii U. The game was released on October 14, 2014. In the game, players take part in a variety of events based on the fictional X Games.

The game features a crossover with Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, and Kim Possible, Warner Bros.'s The Iron Giant, and DC Universe, CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, and Without a Trace, and Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts comic strip media.

Development began in 2010 after Square Enix bought 10 Days Games. Eidos Montreal joined the game's development in 2011. 10 Days wanted to go for an X Games style approach for the next Hot Wheels title.

Hot Wheels: Colosseum X Games received anticipation following it's announcement in June 2013. At release, it received a polarized reception; praise was particularly directed at the game's X Games element and custom design. The game received criticism concerning the single-player tournament, overall gameplay, and some technical issues. Hot Wheels: Colosseum X Games was a commercial success, breaking the record for the biggest first day sales of a Square Enix game, and becoming the biggest launch in the United Kingdom at the time. As of January 2015, the game sold over 17 million copies. 

Gameplay

In Hot Wheels: Colosseum X Games, players take part in a fictional reality TV program where participants participant in X Games themed challenges and races for fame (but mostly sportsmen ship).

The game features a selection of levels based on real-world locations. These levels feature multiple objectives, missions, obstacles and gaps for the player to discover, complete and compete. This may be in offline single-player, or online in either co-operative or competitive multiplayer gameplay.

Tournament

In the single-player "Tournament Mode", Patchy the Pirate (Tom Kenny) and Tony Hawk are the X Games Hosts. X Games features a list of playable professional sportsmen and characters from television series to play as, as well as offering players the ability to customize their own vehicles. This is also shared in multiplayer.

Playable characters

The Little Mermaid Beauty and the Beast CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Without a Trace Peanuts
CSI: Miami Aladdin The Lion King The Iron Giant DC Universe

Vehicles

Cars
  • 24/Seven
  • Power Pipes
  • HW Prototype 12
  • Pony Up
  • MS-T Suzuka
  • Zotic
  • Muscle Tone
  • 70's Road Runner
  • Riveted
  • Piledriver
  • Ballistik
  • Vulture
  • Rodger Dodger
  • Super Tuned
  • Mega-Duty
  • Switchback
  • Jester
  • Jack Hammer
  • Jaw Jammer
  • Rat-ified
  • Power Bomb
  • Overbored 454
  • Swoopy Doo
  • Bedlam
  • The Gov'ner
  • Deora II
  • Twin Mill
  • 16 Angels
  • 40 Somethin'
  • Side Draft
  • SpecTyte
  • High Voltage
  • Reverb
  • Patty Wagon
  • Sling Shot
  • Power Rage
  • Battle Spec
  • Spine Buster
  • Hollowback
  • Rollin Thunder
  • Krazy 8s
  • Ferrari F430 Spider
  • Whip Creamer II
  • Synkro
  • Bassline
  • Flat-Head Fury
  • Chicane
  • Drift Tech
  • Sinistra
  • COG Trike
  • Ford Mustang GT
  • Lamborghini Estoque

Multiplayer

The games supports online multiplayer up to 40 players races. Players' scores are automatically saved so friends can try and beat their scores, in similar fashion to how Autolog works in games of the Need for Speed franchise.

Development and marketing

10 Days Games was acquired by Square Enix in May 2010. In June 2011, Square Enix and Deus Ex announced that began development on their first game together. In October 2011, Eidos Montreal joined development after completing Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The teaser was released on Square Enix's website which confirmed to be a new Hot Wheels game.

Hot Wheels: Colosseum X Games was officially unveiled by Square Enix during their press conference at E3 2013. They released the debut trailer on the same day. The game missed its original projected June 19, 2014 release date, pushed back to late 2014 to allow for further polishing. The release date was later confirmed as October 14, 2014 for all platforms. To encourage pre-order sales for the game, Square Enix collaborated with several retail outlets to provide special edition versions of the game. The "30 Sec Edition", for example, includes a unique case packaging for the game, a game map, and unlock codes for additional content for use in the game.

Square Enix teamed up with Mattel to release several X Games brand Hot Wheels cars.

Downloadable Content

The first post-launch downloadable content (DLC) package, titled "S-4.0 Booster Pack", features nine new cars, all modified to insane levels ranging from a "Venom" Nissan 370Z to a "Falken" Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0.

Reception

Critical reception

 Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (PS4) 81%[1]
(XONE) 78%[2]
(X360) 78%[3]
(PS3) 76%[4]
(PC) 76%[5]
(WIIU) 63%[6]
Metacritic (PS4) 80/100[7]
(XONE) 78/100[8]
(PC) 77/100[9]
(WIIU) 62/100[10]
Review scores
Publication Score
Computer and Video Games 9/10[11]
Eurogamer 7/10[12]
Game Informer 8.5/10[13]
GameSpot 8/10[14]
Game Bomb 39 / 100
 
[15]
IGN 8.4/10[16]
Joystiq 40 / 100
 
[17]
PC Gamer UK 8.7/10[18]
VideoGamer.com 7/10[19]
Polygon 8/10[20]
Metro (PS4) 7/10[21]
(WIIU) 4/10[22]

Hot Wheels: Colosseum X Games received mostly positive reception. Among its strengths, reviews cited its X Games elements, mission variety, online multiplayer mode and Tom Kenny and Tony Hawk's performance together. Review aggregators GameRankings and Metacritic respectively gave the PlayStation 4 version 81% and 80/100,[1][7] the Xbox One version 78% and 78/100,[2][8] the Xbox 360 version 78%,[3] the PlayStation 3 version 76%,[4] the Microsoft Windows version 76% and 77/100[5][9] and the Wii U version version 63% and 62/100.[6][10]

Reviewers praised the X Games elements of the game. Both Jeff Marchiafava of Game Informer and Kevin VanOrd of GameSpot particularly noted its improvement to the vehicular sportsmanship. IGN's Dan Stapleton named it one of the best features of the game. Joystiq's Ludwig Kietzmann called the X Games "remarkably refined, reliable and precise", and expressed his belief that the feature improves the game overall. Chris Carter of Destructoid felt quite impressed by the performances of Tom Kenny and Tony Hawk, saying that "Kenny and Hawk work together doesn't just fit the profile, it's nearly as "regular" revolutionary as Day 10 Games and Eidos Montreal wants us to think". The Wii U version of the game was criticized. Roger Hargreaves from Metro gave the Wii U version a 4 out of 10, saying that "Hot Wheels: Colosseum X Games 's low frame rate and lack of new features makes [the port] almost entirely pointless."

While many reviews applauded the multiplayer mode, the single-player tournament mode bore the brunt of the game's criticism, with Stapleton, Marchiafava, and VanOrd all finding fault with it, describing it as lackluster and stating that the difference between the developer's vision for the game mode and the finished product made it difficult to enjoy.

Sales

Hot Wheels: Colosseum X Games broke the record for biggest first day sales in Square Enix history. Hot Wheels: Colosseum X Games had the biggest launch in the United Kingdom, beating Ubisoft's Watch Dogs. Overall, Hot Wheels: Colosseum X Games was the 5th biggest game launch in the United Kingdom. On November 4, 2014, Square Enix announced that the game had sold 6 million units worldwide. Hot Wheels: Colosseum X Games sold more than 205,000 copies during its debut week in Japan. On December 5, 2014, Square Enix revealed that Hot Wheels: Colosseum X Games shipped 10 million copies, and had helped Square Enix sales rise more than 65 percent. However, the Wii U version of the game performed poorly in its launch week, debuting at No. 14 on the Wii U chart in UK. On January 12, 2015, Hot Wheels: Colosseum X Games shipped 17 million copies worldwide.

Accolades

Prior to release, Hot Wheels: Colosseum X Games received more than 73 awards and nominations for its display at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2013 (E3 2013), and won two Game Critics Awards for Special Commendation for Graphics and Special Commendation for Innovation.[23] and won two Game Critics Awards for Special Commendation for Graphics and Special Commendation for Innovation.[24] Later that year, the game was nominated for One to Watch at the 30th Golden Joystick Awards.[25][26] In 2013, Hot Wheels: Colosseum X Games received over 90 awards and nominations for its display at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2013 (E3 2013),[27] and won one Game Critics Award for Best Action/Adventure Game while receiving four additional nominations for Best of Show, Best Original Game, Best Console Game, and Best Online Multiplayer.[28][29] Later that year, the game was nominated for Most Wanted at the 31st Golden Joystick Awards,[30][31] and was also nominated for Most Anticipated Game at the VGX 2013.[32]

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