Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 21
  2. Negative: 6 out of 21
  1. Pelit (Finland)
    Jun 14, 2015
    Carmageddon is back with a crash. Reincarnation offers little new in terms of gameplay if you have played the first two Carmageddon games, and is riddled with technical problems, but Reincarnation still has its moments after all these years. A solid, gore-filled and violent racer. [June 2015]
  2. May 31, 2015
    It's the latter-day high-octane car smashing ped mashing antidote to racing games.
  3. Jun 12, 2015
    Reincarnation is trash and proud of it. It celebrates its roots and is consequent in what it tries to achieve: To be a thoroughly entertaining waste of time. Well… Mission accomplished.
  4. Jun 10, 2015
    With a little bit more courage and polish, Reincarnation could have been a great starting point for a reboot of a classic franchise. The gameplay is still fun and silly, but there is nothing really new here.
  5. Jun 8, 2015
    Carmageddon: Reincarnation is - on one hand - a game with lots of satisfying details, great gameplay and cool bloody atmosphere. On the other - it's quite ugly and the technology used to make it tick is mediocre at best. The new Carmageddon is aimed first and foremost at the fans of the original games and even they will notice that there's still some work to be done.
  6. May 25, 2015
    The good ol' Carmageddon is back, but it's a technical mess. Whenever it feels like working, it delivers the Carmageddon we all now and love, but you should rather wait and hope it's all fixed before buying it.
  7. CD-Action
    Jul 4, 2015
    The developers were so fixated on nostalgia that they failed to offer anything to modern gamers. [07/2015, p.72]
  8. Jun 9, 2015
    Carmageddon Reincarnation is a funny game and a good honoring to the saga. However, it has poor graphs and a lot of problems of performance. Only for fans.
  9. May 27, 2015
    Prepare to return in the world of Carmageddon, with a carnage of bodies and engines on fire.
  10. May 22, 2015
    Even when wearing the rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia one has to admit: Reincarnation just isn't a good game - but it's very faithful to the original.
  11. Jun 9, 2015
    The return of the "kill all the pedestrians" series remains almost unaltered in its the original formula, extending it with new game modes and not disappointing those who expect tons of destruction and crazy power-ups. On the other side the effort to recover the magic of the past must face a technological deficit and an awful optimization.
  12. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Jun 29, 2015
    Carmageddon: Reincarnation is just like a once-beloved pet that came back from the cemetery: it’s kind of familiar, but it stinks, looks bad and falls apart, so playing with it isn’t as fun as it once was. [Issue#199, p.79]
  13. Jul 27, 2015
    Sometimes, such fondly remembered franchises can be revived to stand alongside contemporary greats, simultaneously satisfying our younger selves and our more demanding modern expectations. Sadly, despite Stainless Games’ best efforts to recapture the wacky allure of the 1997 original, Carmageddon: Reincarnation is not one of those games.
  14. Jul 26, 2015
    The game is poorly optimized, and while the spirit of the old Carmageddon games is somewhat still there, Stainless Games could and should have done more to release Reincarnation in a better shape.
  15. Jun 4, 2015
    Very painful resurrection of manic races. Reincarnation gameplay gets tries and achieves the qualities of the original Carmageddon. Unfortunately, the game is in such unfinished state, that you won't believe it was released.
  16. May 26, 2015
    Carmageddon: Reincarnation looks like a bad port from the original game. All its fun mechanics are still there, but the game suffers from bad controls and outdated graphics.
  17. Jun 4, 2015
    It’s the same as it always was, and that isn’t exactly a point in its favor.
  18. Games Master UK
    Aug 5, 2015
    Even the combat is ancient and frustrating. [Aug 2015, p.78]
  19. Aug 26, 2015
    No, Carmageddon Reincarnation won’t make anyone happy. The game engine is rubbish, the graphics makes the game looks like it’s ten years old (in a bad way) and the physics is a joke. Even the hardcore fans should avoid this.
  20. Power Unlimited
    Jul 24, 2015
    The only truly shocking thing about this Carmageddon reincarnation is the fact that they charge 25 bucks for it. This monstrosity is about as fun as getting run over by a car. [Jul 2015, p.066]
  21. May 29, 2015
    Not the revival Carmageddon veterans will have been hoping for, and far too glitchy and unrefined to draw in more casual fans of vehicular violence.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 168 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 168
  2. Negative: 88 out of 168
  1. May 22, 2015
    I have been waiting almost 2 decades for this sequel game title since Carmageddon 2. that is a long time and a lot of suspense. But I mustI have been waiting almost 2 decades for this sequel game title since Carmageddon 2. that is a long time and a lot of suspense. But I must say, I see all of the positive comments saying that this is the game that Carmageddon fans have been waiting for. AND, Yes, well, erm, err....... it was supposed to be but it isn't, not even close.

    The fact that the money for the development of the release was raised almost completely by fans of the prequel is absolutely amazing! Truly! Unfortunately though it looks like the developer ran out of money and didn't want to confess up to it, or just didn't care about the sorry unoptimized state that the computer game is presently in, maybe they just hated the idea of not making a profit on their title, and so instead served up their fans with what they describe on steam as a "FULL RELEASE". and NO NO NO, this is a sorry excuse for a FULL RELEASE, its a terribly unoptimized piece of crap. Either the development team have overextended themselves, or they have run out of money. This is embarrassing, even to me, and truly, someone who has worked in the computer game industry and spoken to developers all over the world I have to say that I'm extremely disappointed. The outdated graphics, and "Playstation 1" textures is really quite acceptable really, lets remember the DOS version of Carma2 was absolutely spectacular and had terrible graphics, so thats no problem and it was generally accepted because the playability of the prequel was so high. It just seems like a waste.

    What a waste Stainless games, you just stained yourself with this terrible release. A real slideshow of a game, by the way that means stuttering and terrible performance issues, even on a supercomputer with the best graphics card available in the world, (thats a $5000 machine), a sloppy hideous mess! Really? I'm not sure how the developer managed to fool themselves that this was in any proper state to release, because the Q&A and beta testers feedback must have still been ringing in their ears. What did you do? You chose to ignore them and release it anyway, and I have to say, looking at other spectacular A++ titles, you have failed, miserably to capture something which could have been the most epic title in a decade.


    Expect a lot of "hate" from real hardcore fans whom you have really disappointed. I am sure the turdbuying teenagers won't notice the difference between other B titles, but you really messed this up. and what cost? Another sequel that could have been golden and had great promise ruined by budgeting , greed and project management ignorance! argh it burns.
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  2. May 22, 2015
    Can not even start the game. Fails and gives windows error at start. Watched youtube vids of full release, graphics total ****

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    Can not even start the game. Fails and gives windows error at start. Watched youtube vids of full release, graphics total ****

    This is second time i feel like scammed after buying diablo3. Please stainless fix the game, optimise it as soon as possible. You are not as big as Blizzard, you ll be damned.
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  3. May 24, 2015
    Bad optimisation is the smallest problem!There are a lot of annoying things in this game,what are turning fun into suffering.1.: LowBad optimisation is the smallest problem!There are a lot of annoying things in this game,what are turning fun into suffering.1.: Low scores-high fixing costs. 2.: Every bot is against you.They won't **** with each other-as was in the previous episodes-and they make you lost in a second. 3.: Cars are so fragile and light.Esp. yours. 4.: Sounds: There are no dynamic sounds.You always hear the same effect. 5.: Chechpoint or ped hunting events are awful. 6.: Bugs,bugs and bugs!
    They say,that will make a better optimisation in the future,but everybody knows,that it won't be better because of the complexity of the cars: shaking motor,rotating axis...
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