Horse Racing 2016 Review – Horse Shit

This review is almost as bad as the game itself, and that’s what it deserves.

Developer: Yash Future Tech Solutions
Publisher: Yash Future Tech Solutions
Format: Android, PS4 (reviewed), Xbox One
Released: Who cares? Sometime last year on Xbox One, sometime this year on PS4.
Copy purchased

Okay, let’s get this absolute piece of crap folded up and put away for good. Horse Racing 2016 is a game that inexplicably found its way not just to the PS4, where such garbage is rapidly gaining a foothold, but the Xbox One as well, where it once held a price tag thrice as high as its current one.

Right now it’s $12.99, yet it barely has any business charging a buck on Google Play. In fact, Horse Racing 2016 is on Android right now and it seems to cost fucking nothing.

Since I think Sony must be high or trashed in order to continue letting digital excreta like this and Life of Black Tiger through the sluice gate, I’ve decided to get as close to fucked up as I can in order to write this review. In doing so, I hope to be struck by some stunning revelation and understand exactly what in the Christing fuck is going through the heads of the “professionals” letting dangerously bad games near the public.

Hopefully the cocktail of deadly things in my bloodstream will open my mind’s eye or something.

There’s something amusing ironic, I think you’ll agree, that the game is called Horse Racing 2016 even though it’s rearing its ugly head in 2017. The irony is that the game is a shitheap of a fucking war crime.

I don’t suppose that’s ironic, and that’s the joke of what I just did, subverting the expectation of irony with an unrelated point. You may be wondering why I’m explaining a joke that wasn’t even particularly good to begin with, let alone possessed of high enough quality to survive this level of lingering scrutiny.

There’s a very simple reason for that – fuck this game.

This game doesn’t deserve funny things written about it. Anything that risks being funny in regards to Horse Racing 2016 must be immediately and summarily defaced, similarly to how that bull statue in New York was absolutely fucked after a corporation put a metal girl near it.

(I accidentally typed “Metal Gear” instead of “Metal Girl” at first and now I’m pumped as heckin’ fuck at the idea of a little bronze Metal Gear beating the everloving dogshit out of that bull.)

Do the periods go inside or outside the bracket? We call them brackets in the UK, though I’m in the United States now and I think you call it parenthesis a lot and don’t know what I mean when I say brackets, even though the “(” symbol is a bracket no matter what side of the ocean you’re on, so don’t fucking test me on it.

Anyway, I actually have no fixed opinion about the girl and the bull thing going on down in that wacky ol’ Wall Street. I’ve read a lot of opinions and can’t disagree with many of them so I’m going to ride that fence like a horse.

Speaking of riding a horse, this game is absolute bollocks.

Every race is more or less the same. You tap a button repeatedly to make the horse run and you can press another button to whip it in the side of its face and give it a speed boost. Obviously the horse will become exhausted if you whip it too often, so theoretically it’s a game of balancing your stamina resources and, you know, doing normal horse racing stuff.

Problem is, the game’s governed entirely by a series of completely off-kilter stats. If you have a better horse, you win. That’s the premise.

The entire first season of races will have you lose automatically because your horse is rubbish. When you get to season two and access better horses, you’re suddenly miles ahead of the competition – the horse is faster, the stamina regen is significant, it outclasses everything else – but eventually the game catches up and its own horses start outmatching yours again.

In essence, the gameplay feels absolutely pointless. You progress through seasons no matter where you place. You can come dead last in everything, but so long as you take part you’ll access new seasons of visually bland racetracks and horrendous, badly animated horses.

Some races have things for the horse to jump over. Whatever they’re fucking called in horse terms. Bullshit horse jumps over the bullshit fence.

(Earlier, I mentioned that I was pumped as heckin’ fuck at the idea of a little bronze Metal Gear beating the everloving dogshit out of that bull. First of all, I’m repeating the phrase so the idea becomes less interesting, and second of all I want to point out that I deliberately said dogshit instead of bullshit in a very tawdry play at subversion).

Also I’ve just done a subtle joke where I place the period outside the bracket despite placing a period inside the bracket earlier. That’s a pretty low-key goof that might have gone unnoticed and remained a hidden gem had I not completely shat all over it by drawing everybody’s attention to what I did.

Speaking of which, do you like how I keep explaining why I’m explaining jokes, further running everything into the ground? Good. By grinding my own gags into the concrete and the fucking dirt I can mentally squint just enough to pretend I’m doing it to Horse Racing 2016 instead.

I wish this game had a head so I could stamp on the back of it and push it mercilessly into a pile of sick and guts.

Metacritic can use the above line.

Fucking mosquito season in Mississippi already. Covered in bites from the disgusting little fucks. I’d like to cover Horse Racing 2016 in mosquitos. This is assuming we’re in a scenario where Horse Racing 2016 has anything to fear from parasitic insects, of course. To my knowledge, malaria poses no threat to a videogame of any description.

Travelers. People who are traveling to other countries, they’re the ones who need to worry about malaria.

I apologize for what must seem an odd tangent to suddenly bring up mosquitos but I quite literally paused writing just now to apply more allegra to the furious welts on my arms. Not only do mosquitoes seem to really like me (probably all the sugar and french fries in my veins), I react incredibly badly to them with annually exponential unpleasantness.

As I write this, I’m in a perpetually irritated state as a result of said reactions suddenly kicking off. Ordinarily I’d consider myself in a bad frame of mind for a review, but this feeling is quite similar to the sense of desperate clawing misery I experienced with this sad fuck of a game.

I wish this game had a dick, so I could very specifically hate its dick.

Love,

Jim Sterling.

P.S. I’m no closer to figuring out how these games keep happening.

1/10
Accursed

Scaper
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Scaper

“Anything that risks being funny in regards to Horse Racing 2016 must be immediately and summarily defaced”

Sorry but this backfired. I lost my shit reading this article.

DoctorHam
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DoctorHam

(These) are parentheses, but [these] are brackets, Jim. Brackets is just a far more square-sounding word. Gotta have that sound match the look.

El Gonzo
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El Gonzo

And another one who doesn’t know what brackets are 😉
Both () and [] are brackets. Only one pair of them are parentheses, though…

DoctorHam
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DoctorHam

Ah but you’re picking on technical definitions versus practical usage. Just because a square is a type of rectangle doesn’t mean that you think of a square when I call something a rectangle.

El Gonzo
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El Gonzo

Well, um, i have to agree with you.
Hope we are square now… 😉

DoctorHam
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DoctorHam

Certainly! I’d say this conversation shaped up nicely.

Ourem
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Ourem

I’m {braced} for it to go pear-shaped

DoctorHam
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DoctorHam

Oh, I wouldn’t be so pessimistic. I think most of us here are well-rounded enough to handle the situation!

Jordan Biordi
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Jordan Biordi

I’m pretty sure the period, in relation to parentheses is contextual. If whatever is within them is an aside to the current sentence, the period could go on the outside, however if it is an aside in relation to the current sentence, it can go within.

Jacob the Screaming Horse
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Jacob the Screaming Horse

Digging the drunk review, I watched you play this horror show and this game doesn’t deserve anything better.

Mind you, it looks like the perfect game to finally utilise the many talents of Jacob the Screaming Horse, what with the whipping in the face and all that.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

You aren’t far enough along in the podcast yet. Unpleasantness happens.

Jacob the Screaming Horse
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Jacob the Screaming Horse

I choose to consider the episode where Jacob gets turned into glue non-cannon. Either that or it was his stunt double.

Dash
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Dash

You put it outside the brackets, as it ends the entire sentence, not just the one inside.

El Gonzo
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El Gonzo

Total marketing fail. A competent “developer” or “pooblisher” would have named it Horse Racing Simulator 2016.

Polishfury5000
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Polishfury5000

I love the concept of drunken/belligerent reviews for these caliber of games.

Can future sloshed content contain a “Pissed and Vulnerable” tag?

disqus_S2Djdbidui
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disqus_S2Djdbidui

Open Critic: Review of Horse Racing 2016 from Jim Sterling:
“Quote not yet available”

FireWoven
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FireWoven

That review was one hell of a ride, Jim.

Also this { is a bracket. I think. Also I’m pretty sure [ is a brace.

(in the spirit of the review, I feel an overwhelming need to point out the pun I did there. Get it? One hell of a *ride*? Aren’t I just the cleverest boy.

El Gonzo
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El Gonzo

No no, no. Both { and [ are brackets. { is also known as a brace.

Kev' Bryant
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Kev' Bryant

Really? I thought it was my fantastically handsome square jaw! ;o)]

Terriosaurus Hex
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Terriosaurus Hex

Mosquitos prefer pasty skin. They go for me because of that. I guess the blood is somehow more apparent to them? I dunno. Do full stops go inside brackets? What bugs me is whether commas between multiple quotations go inside the quotation mark pairs or outside. My commas are lost and wanting!

bimmyz
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bimmyz

Superbomberman R gets Sillent Hill, Castlevania, Gradius DLC.

Stephen Mc Devitt
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Stephen Mc Devitt

There should be another tag for this and Life of Black Tiger called ‘Is Sony High?” or “Sony is High as Fuck”.

John Smith
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John Smith

Why is Sony letting this crap on the PSN?

Stephen Mc Devitt
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Stephen Mc Devitt

That works too. All three 1st party publishers (and Valve) have major problems. I know despite my preference being mostly PlayStation with a bit of Nintendo.

John Smith
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John Smith

This shit needs to stop.

Justin Graham
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Justin Graham
Simply put, So long as a devleoper is licensed and properly submit games for certification, they’re fair to release on PSN if they meet the requirements for certification. Certification is not QA. They don’t tick off a checkbox judging how good your game is. So long as it meets the technical requirements for certification (i.e.: It doesn’t break your PS4, all legal guidelines are followed, etc.), then Sony won’t block its release. What’s hilarious is that Jim seems completely flummoxed by this despite similar floods of shovelware crap dominating shelves in Wal-Marts in previous generations. The Wii had tons of… Read more »
darksteel6
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darksteel6

Games like this and Black Tiger make previous shovelware games like say Trigger Man look like goddamn masterpieces by comparison though.

Justin Graham
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Justin Graham

All I’ll say is that, in the brief run of time I had in cert testing about a decade or so ago, I saw some really horrible shit that really was Black Tiger bad or well within that ballpark.

darksteel6
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darksteel6

Did you cert test for console games or PC games? What were some of the worst titles you came across? I know I heard Raven’s Cry was supposed to get a console release but failed all of it’s cert tests.

Justin Graham
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Justin Graham
I’ve been involved in cert testing of console games, but I won’t say which games specifically because I’d rather not violate any NDAs of the console manufacturer I did testing for. The worst games I had to test were games that you’d likely never have heard of. Not out of any hipsterish notion, but just the fact that they were terrible games based on semi-obscure licenses that were likely only ever sold in department store budget bins or on Amazon. Such games were produced with the absolute minimum level of effort, but at least had enough technical competence behind them… Read more »
Jerry Schell
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Jerry Schell

at least the horses don’t break as easely as the weapons in zelda; breath of the wild

DCtheEE
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DCtheEE

I had a sensible chuckle over the fact that the Android port is titled “Horse Racing 2017”, yet they couldn’t be arsed to change the screenshots from saying “Horse Racing 2016”.

Nicholas Goodman
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Nicholas Goodman

When can we expect your review of Gymkhana 2015?

RipTide
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RipTide
For reference, at least as far as computer programming in America is concerned, ( ) – Parentheses { } – Braces or Curly Braces [ ] – Brackets Also, are they actually making money off of these games? I can maybe understand like buying this as a $1 purchase on steam to laugh at how bad it is and stop playing it after about 10 min, but who is buying this crap for $13? Who is that desperate for a bad horse racing game? Because what gets me is not just that it exists on console stores, but they these… Read more »
DCtheEE
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DCtheEE

Well, “Winning Post” has been a thing since 1993, so there appears to be at least A market for Horse-racing games.

RipTide
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RipTide

I’m not saying there is no market for horse racing games. I’m asking what is the market for overpriced very poorly made games.

DCtheEE
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DCtheEE

Well, people are still buying $15+ horrible survival games on Steam, sooooo…

El Gonzo
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El Gonzo

⟨ ⟩ – Angled brackets (chevrons)
– Those are not brackets, but are often used as substitute for angled brackets
‹›, «» – Nope, those are not brackets either…

galactix100
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galactix100

In Britain (although this is in general rather than programming) I’ve always been taught that it’s
() – Brackets
[] – Square Brackets
{} – Unnamed abominations

Fred Davis
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Fred Davis

( ) – Brackets.
{ } – labia brackets.
[ ] – Square brackets.

Luris
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Luris

For the sake of completion, in French, they’re called:
() – Parenthèses
{} – Accolade (which is also an old term for a frendly hug!)
[] – Crochet
« » – Guillemets (quotations marks)
” ” – Guillemets anglais (which are more and more used instead of the ‘real’ ones, because they’re on the keyboard and easier for air-quoting)

galactix100
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galactix100

Jim you’re correct in calling them brackets but I will not accept the use of the term period, they’re full stops.
This egregious erosion of Great British values and traditions cannot continue something something Brexit, something something xenophobia, something something we’re all fucked.

El Gonzo
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El Gonzo

I was reading it like: “Jim you’re correct in calling them brackets but I will not accept the use of the term. Period. They’re full stops.”, and then thinking along the lines of ‘oh, these silly Poms…’

TimKovich
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TimKovich

I wish this game was an actual horse so I could beat it to death and keep beating it afterwards.

OctopussGrift
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OctopussGrift

Critical consensus is that this is a 0/10 you gave it a 1 to get clicks. Games can only get 0 8 9 or 10 anything else is just an attempt to generate controversy.

Anton
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Anton

So, what I’m hearing is, if I play this 8.5 times I’ll have as much fun as I did with Uncharted 4.

galactix100
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galactix100

Or you could play Quantum Break once.

Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown

It’s important to remember that this is exactly one seventh as good of a game as Breath of the Wild, which is still pretty good considering that game is perfect.

RifleAvenger Sashiro
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RifleAvenger Sashiro

How can one divide up the infinity that is perfection after all? Therefore any game that is a fraction as good as Breath of the Wild is also perfect.

Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown

That’s true, it works with math. So really, breath of the wild, this and quantum break are really just exactly the same game.

HaveSomeOatmeal
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HaveSomeOatmeal
Dragonslayer_023
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Dragonslayer_023

This cannot continue this cannot continue this cannot continuethis cannot continuethis cannot continuethis cannot continue

Xell
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Xell

1/10?! 1/10?! But Jim, this is the greatest game ever!!!

Said no one ever.

goodbyejojo
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goodbyejojo

seems like sony is quite literary following the leader(steam)

valeforXD
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UGH HERE WE GO AGAIN WITH THE RIDICULOUS LOW SCORES JIM YOU CUMSTAIN

jk ofc love u baby

GMBigKev
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Sony has no reason to pass this kind of awful dreck to their store. Why is it showing up there? Was the world clamoring for Horse Racing 2016? What’s the motive?! The world must know!

Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown

The same motive as Microsoft had with Xbox live indie games. They literally couldn’t give less of a shit and they get a few pennies every time someone buys one of these games on accident or on a goof.

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