This is THE worthy spiritual successor to Destruction Derby on PS1: Each track is filled with destructible content like chairs, tables, windows, parking cars, barrels, greenhouses and so on. Sometimes you can take a shortcut though a shop and drive everything from inside on to the streets. The handling is good for you, if you are fed up this exact high-tech racing and sports cars, but want to ride a broad old road cruiser through the cities, swamps, canyons and forests. And the heaps of game modes, from normal races, bowl races (stadium racing tracks where the first cars cross the road of the later ones), destruction mode to the specials, where you try to toss your driver out of the front window as far, high or precise as possible (aim on a dart board, bowling track or similar) is great.
The downsides are the high difficulty and the possible frustration that could derive out of that: Luckily you are allowed to repeat the tracks as often as possible even without loading screen punishing you for that. You will have to do it often, because in the beginning you car is slow, the opponents crash each other as often as they crash your car, and when you are first, but hit some broken road sign that you or an opponent put there last round, you might be last pretty fast. The good thing is, if you get used to being not always first, you earn also money by crashing opponents or road obstacles, so you can drive until you tuned your car that well, that you might win some race some day. Anyway, great, full and dirty crash game. Something very different from the, in comparison, rather clean, sleek and empty Burnout series.
The game’s multiplayer and online modes would make it the perfect game for a group of friends to gather and bash each other for a while. If you can overcome the difficulty level of the single player campaign, and think that the demolition derby and quirky stunt modes would be your cup of tea, do not hesitate to pick this title up.
With everything ultimately both bigger and better, with more destruction, and much more depth, Bugbear Entertainment are coming ever close to a winner. If the handling is tightened, and the rest of the game makes another healthy step forward, another sequel on the next generation of consoles could be the first certain winner.
Both more of the same and a little less. The challenges don’t hold their appeal for long and a lot of the problems from the first game have reappeared in this one, but anyone looking for a racing game that rewards you for knocking over fences and road signs will be hard pressed to find better.
3 words: the "ragdoll mini-games"! Some chips, a few beers and a friend is all you need to have the time of your life with this hilarious game mode. Drive your car fast to the launching point and press R1 to throw your driver through the front window and into a football goal, basketball hoop, darts board... it's so much (sadistic) fun. Imagine if the games Burnout and Pain had a lovechild and you'll get an idea how much fun this game mode actually is. Not all of the ragdoll mini-games are equally fun and i wish there were more than only 12.
Pretty much feel the same way about this version as I do the Xbox version. So if you want to see a more fuller review of this game, look at my Xbox review of this game. It's more of the same as the first one.
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