Metascore
49

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 16
  2. Negative: 5 out of 16
  1. May 2, 2012
    60
    The battles you encounter in both the single player and online modes are fun and can keep you entertained for a while. However, the gameplay became pretty repetitive after the first few fights.
  2. Apr 20, 2012
    60
    All in all, Wheels of Destruction is a mostly fine game that doesn't really stand out in the car combat genre. It's also greatly hurt by its controls, which work well for most things, but when simply driving in a particular direction is tough to do in a game where driving is the focus, it's nearly impossible to recommend it right now. If the developers fix the control issues down the line, then it's a maybe; right now, your $10 is better spent downloading Twisted Metal 2 on PSN.
  3. Apr 15, 2012
    60
    The several power-ups and the five unique classes in World Tour make up for the somewhat repetitive gameplay. But we want dynamic gameplay and awesome features that will keep our adrenaline high. Also, the lack of split-screen is an absolute dealbreaker because Wheels of Destruction could be a great game if a local co-op feature was included. That is not the case however. A cool concept, but a poor execution. Disappointing.
  4. Apr 10, 2012
    60
    We've seen worse, but we've also seen a lot better. It might be worth the try when you've got too much money on your hands. You won't find anything spectacular here, though.
  5. 60
    All-in-all, the game can be a lot of fun, but basic gameplay controls and mechanics stifle its ability to really make a lasting impact on you other than one of untimely-rage quitting and frustration.
  6. Apr 20, 2012
    55
    I'll give credit to Gelid Games for their first attempt, but I feel with the experience they claim to have under their belt they may have played it too safe. A game of this type needs a dash of originality, a dollop of risk and plenty of online players in its servers. For someone fresh out of the gates I can see getting player numbers up will prove to be very tough for the developer. Releasing after the marketed juggernaut Twisted Metal and a few other online vehicular titles on PSN hasn't helped this game's progress either.
  7. It is nearly impossible not to compare Wheels of Destruction with Twisted Metal. Visually it all looks great, but once you get playing, you're immediately confronted with frustrating controls that will make you want to drive your car into a wall. [May 2012, p.87]
  8. A surefire way to induce nausea. [May 2012, p.107]
  9. Apr 10, 2012
    50
    I was really looking forward to Wheels of Destruction: World Tour, but with no real story or campaign mode for offline play, and not enough competition to fuel the laggy and limited online modes, this game is in dire need of a complete overhaul. In a world where Twisted Metal exists; this game doesn't stand a chance.
  10. Apr 5, 2012
    50
    There's nothing necessarily wrong with Wheels of Destruction, it's just distinctly average in almost every way. The controls lack precision and the weapons are limited and unbalanced, but, by contrast, the graphics are fantastic and the net code is the best in its class.
  11. Apr 4, 2012
    50
    There is nothing that's really bad about Wheels of Destruction. The problem is that nothing is really good, either. It's not a horrible game by any means, just an average and uninspired vehicle combat game.
  12. Apr 9, 2012
    45
    Varied track design isn't enough to save Wheels of Destruction from a trip to the junkyard.
  13. Apr 12, 2012
    40
    If you own a PS3, and are looking for the definitive car combat experience, you know where to look. This attempt feels exactly like what it is; a cheap knock-off that defines the phrase, 'you get what you pay for'. I couldn't, in good conscience, recommend this game to anyone looking for a good experience in the genre. It simply isn't fun.
  14. Jun 6, 2012
    35
    If you are really dying to taste some carnage on wheels, don't be shy and buy Twisted Metal. Wheels of Destruction is so low budget it hurts. [July 2012, p.85]
  15. May 1, 2012
    30
    While on paper that might sound like a good idea, in practice not so much. Cars are sluggish and painful to manage while the core gameplay feels unbalanced and oversimplified.
  16. Apr 4, 2012
    30
    It may be technologically succinct but in neglecting the needs of solo players and bypassing what makes the car combat genre so engaging, Wheels of Destruction leaves an unmistakably sour taste. If you're gagging for another arena-based car game post-Twisted Metal, we'd strongly recommend hanging around for Psyonix's SARPBC 2.
User Score
4.3

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Apr 2, 2012
    8
    Will it ever beat Twisted Metal? No, but then again it doesn't intend too. It is however very good on it's own merits and great fun to play.
    Plenty of maps and mutators, enough vehicles to please ever type of player, a good selection of weapons, nice looking graphics and spot on sounds.
    With upto 12 people per match (bots and online) will mean there's always a way to play even if the servers are quiet.
    If you're fed up with boring CoD and fancy something a little different then I can highly recommend this terrific little title.
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  2. Apr 3, 2012
    9
    Mix of TeamFortress2 and Twisted Metal. Several classic game modes - Deathmatch, TeamDeathmatch, CTF. 5 different classes, 5 maps (hope DLC will add more). It's simple to pick up and play, with the controls feeling instantly intuitive, but getting to know when and where to use certain weapons and car classes takes time, adding plenty of depth to the gameplay. At a price of $9.99 USD it's an excellent alternative to Twisted Metal. Full Review »
  3. Apr 4, 2012
    3
    Not sure where to start with this one. It's a really bad game with a neat design. You can pick your class and then go out and take on the opposing teams. Sounds fun, but it's not. It's horribly boring with terrible controls and a lackluster community, even on day one of the game being out. I recommend you skip this one and look elsewhere for your vehicular combat enjoyment. This game wouldn't stand a chance even if it came out before Twisted Metal. The other high user reviews must be devs because I can't see anyone praising this game. Full Review »