Metascore
67

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. If you have friends who own this game then run out and buy it as honestly there really is no more enjoyable multiplayer experience on the PSN at this. The single player side of things is fun, but it only has so much enjoyment as the game was obviously built to be a multiplayer fun fest of rocket powered proportions.
  2. 78
    Probably the most feature-rich PSN game to date. It supports every single feature PlayStation 3 owners have come to expect from their system and a few that they probably are not aware of. The online play is the brightest point, but with the current problems it really holds the title back from its full potential.
  3. The game looks and sounds great for a downloadable title, featuring details in lighting and sound effects that go above and beyond what we're used to, as well as a fresh gameplay mechanic that is truly a welcome change in an increasingly stagnant industry.
  4. Like its name, Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle Cars is a mouthful of a game with a lot of content, trophies, and plenty of options to tailor multiplayer to your tastes that certainly is enough to be worth the $15 price tag.
  5. A decent attempt at a sports title.
  6. If old-school knockabout fun is your thing then SARPBC is probably the best the PSN has to offer you.
  7. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    70
    Unapologetically haphazard. [Mar 2009, p.88]
  8. 67
    Supersonic seems a tad overpriced at $15 -- especially considering the nigh-featureless multiplayer and bland aesthetics -- but the single-player is short and sweet, and the core mechanics are simple and rewarding.
  9. 65
    I fear they may have spent too long with the game and made it just a bit too difficult for someone to pick up and play right off the bat.
  10. A fun game with friends, but otherwise it is held back by the inherent flaws associated with a game of this type. Try before you buy.
  11. Play UK
    65
    It's simply not worth 7.99. [Issue#88, p.89]
  12. Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars delivers a unique concept that stands out among the increasingly populated downloadable pack. It's too bad this charm wears off quickly, resulting in a game that feels more like a novelty than a crafty idea brought to realization.
  13. This blend of vehicular combat and soccer is fun in short sessions, but it's too frustrating to offer much long-term appeal.
  14. The concept is fun, there are some nice features and touches included in the game, and the online play is actually very enjoyable. It's worth checking out the demo at least to see if the game clicks.
  15. Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars is one of those “what if” games. What if the controls weren’t a mess? What if the multiplayer mode wasn’t riddled with bugs?
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 58 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Nov 6, 2011
    10
    I know this is going to sound like an exaggeration buy I am completely serious. I have played video games nearly all my life, I even worked inI know this is going to sound like an exaggeration buy I am completely serious. I have played video games nearly all my life, I even worked in a game store in high school. What I am getting at is I know my games. And this is, in my option, the best sports video game of all time. I would also consider it the best split-screen multiplayer game for 4 people. Be warned the learning curve on this game is very-very high so it is best to start playing the game with a group of people near the same skill level. Why is this game one of my favorite games of all time? Well there are alot of reasons. For one it is the perfect mix of strategy and execution. The game is very complex, well actually the game is very simple, but the possible approaches to the game are infinite. I used to play alot of shooters (mostly halo), it was really fun but after awhile my strategy for almost any given situation became static. Almost the same could be said for execution. However in this game, while a few strategy do remain constant, so many (after four years of play) are dynamic. You really have to improvise on situations in this game, the result is that the game always seems fresh. Again same can be said with execution in this game. I have been playing for years and there is always more for me to learn, and it continually feels like i am moving towards being a better player. ( If you want an example of how good people can be at this game just go to youtube, some of the people that play this game are unbelievably good ). Again i will use shooters as a counter example, where execution performance converges on an asymptote at a quicker rate. (I'm not trying to bash shooter i like them alot, but almost all the skill is based on reaction time) Scoring goals in this game requires an almost undefinable finesse that leads you to feel a real sense accomplishment. Anyway I am just rambling now. My main point, buy this game.

    Oh and also Psyonix, the company that makes this game, is really cool. In an age where DLC cost usually as much as most games itself, Psyonix has released two patches (doubling the original amount, of maps and car skins / fixing glitches ext,) for free. The later of the patches, i think, was released over two years after the game came out. Anyway it's a great little company that is worthy of support.
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  2. Mar 19, 2012
    9
    One of the most addictive and challenging downloadable titles I've ever played. There's some nice variation between the different arenasOne of the most addictive and challenging downloadable titles I've ever played. There's some nice variation between the different arenas (including differences in gravity), and they all look gorgeous. The controls are responsive, if a little tricky to get used to. AI is smart and will keep you on your toes, but the real fun in SARPBC is in playing two on two with some mates. This really is an indie gem, I just wish it had a bigger fanbase. Full Review »
  3. Feb 25, 2012
    9
    Not going to lie, this is a hidden psn gem. Thanks to playstation plus I get to paly it for free, and I advise others to go try it out.Not going to lie, this is a hidden psn gem. Thanks to playstation plus I get to paly it for free, and I advise others to go try it out. Reminds me of source engine soccer. Awesome couch game as well as online. Only reason I played this was because twisted metal's network was down... Full Review »