Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Dec 31, 2018
    100
    There is so much fun in Wreckfest. A racing "deathmatch" which originated on the top demolition technology is full of crashes, tension, but also humor and DIY work. [Issue#287]
  2. Jun 24, 2018
    100
    It is the anti-Forza. It luxuriates in the dents on a day-to-day sedan instead of the aerodynamic swoop of something Italian and impossibly expensive. It’s too serious for Electronic Arts, but too wild for Papyrus. It’s not interested in car culture or faux social media or sexy street racing. It hasn’t seen any of the Fast and Furious movies. It loves tough cars, not sleek cars. It knows dents add character. You don’t need to drive these beasts around in the desert to make them look like they’ve been scavenging the wasteland. They come that way.
  3. Jun 29, 2018
    90
    It's rare when a racing game manages to modernize and reinvigorate an old formula with spectacular confidence, but Wreckfest does just that.
  4. Jun 28, 2018
    90
    Arcade racers are seeing a resurgence of late and Wreckfest fits nicely into that sub-genre, bringing banger racing into the limelight and turning it up to eleven. It may not be named Destruction Derby, but the spirit of the old Psygnosis classic is alive and well in Bugbear’s latest racer.
  5. Jun 25, 2018
    90
    A deceptively realistic racing game that doesn't care if you want to ignore the details and just smash every car on the track.
  6. Jun 27, 2018
    86
    Wreckfest maintains all its promises we expected in all these years of development: destruction, a very accurate physical model and a lot of fun.
  7. Jul 19, 2018
    85
    Wreckfest offers the eRacer something not available anywhere else: the ability to race on the computer in cars and at tracks that are accessible to the common man. Don't let the 70's era rust buckets fool you, though - the driving and damage physics are quite good, the damage models are entertaining, and the racing is close and brutal. It's astonishingly fun!
  8. Jul 18, 2018
    85
    In the end, Wreckfest is a game that you will tend to make your own fun in. The career mode can get a little old after a while, but the multiplayer makes it even more fun throwing other players into the already impressively crazy mix. Bugbear knows what their players want out of a game from them, and they offer it up in a really fun, chaotic package that any arcade racer can enjoy.
  9. Jul 6, 2018
    85
    Wreckfest is a great successor to the Destruction Derby legacy. A game with personality and fun, with the best recreation of damages and accidents, and with excellent physics.
  10. Jun 29, 2018
    84
    Wreckfest is wild, a cornucopia of damage that shines in demolition, dampening the pain of a DNF with the pleasure of watching your car get destroyed in spectacular fashion.
  11. Jun 20, 2018
    84
    The driving characteristics of the game, as could be expected, obviously remain the destructibility and the damage system, but within Wreckfest there is, fortunately, even something more: a complete game and more than worthy to be counted with merit.
  12. games(TM)
    Aug 9, 2018
    80
    A fantastic reimagining of arcade racing. [Issue#203, p.83]
  13. Jul 19, 2018
    80
    Chaos, destruction and physics. Wreckfest is a carefree racer, but also a challenging one. Inspired by the Destruction Derby and FlatOut formula, but adding its own essence and a good progression system.
  14. Jul 13, 2018
    80
    Wreckfest will surprise you with its perfect driving model, top demolition, entertaining artificial intelligence, and a career full of funny challenges. There is some space for improvement, for example the user interface and old school multiplayer which will probably discourage the spoilt players.
  15. Jul 9, 2018
    80
    Wreckfest is undeniably brilliant and refreshing. It features addictive, quick-burst gameplay, particularly gorgeous visuals and sound, not to mention surprisingly detailed car physics and handling models, especially when using a wheel. Moreover, its damage model is truly something to behold. Wreckfest establishes an intriguing niche, combing sim-based physics with arcade-spirited destruction and chaos. It's a real gem.
  16. Jul 6, 2018
    80
    Wreckfest is out of its early access, but there is still work to do, especially to give it a real "soul" in solo mode. It is far above all the competition in rendering physical damage on cars. It offers hours of discoveries and online racing.
  17. Jul 3, 2018
    80
    Wreckfest is a very solid game that is been published after five years of early access. The impressive physics, the wonderful damage system and a plenty of competitions make Wreckfest a must have for this summer.
  18. 80
    Wreckfest is a demolition derby-style racer with stunning physics and a hint of absurdity. Whether your vehicle of choice is a Pontiac Firebird or a lawn mower, the title is less about racing and more about the spectacular collisions.
  19. Jun 20, 2018
    80
    Ultimately what makes Wreckfest such an enjoyable racer is the destruction and the physics. The cars feel great to drive, the way they take corners, the handbreak turns, the way they handle jumps, it feels fluid and that’s a huge plus. When put together with everything else in the game Wreckfest is a neat destructive racing package.
  20. Jun 18, 2018
    80
    Wreckfest is a solid arcade racer based on powerslides, muscle cars and spectacular battles, that delivers an immediate, enjoyable and content-rich experience.
  21. Jun 11, 2018
    80
    If you liked FlatOut, you'll love Wreckfest. Drily presented, but wonderfully brutal full-contact racing with impressive physics.
  22. Jun 25, 2018
    79
    The foundation with its convincing driving- and collision-physics, fairly smart opponents and the reality-based tracks is more than rock solid. But it is held back by a lot of small inconveniences.
  23. Jun 22, 2018
    77
    Wreckfest is a magnificent driving chaos. A fun game regardless of the outcome of each race with excellent physics and a progressive destruction system that should be patented.
  24. Jul 31, 2018
    75
    Rare are the games like Wreckfest. It’s both an amazing racing game, and a total but enjoyable mess, where cars’ speed is only matched by how quick they can be destroyed. A must-have.
  25. Jun 19, 2018
    75
    Wreckfest is a great racing game that knows how to find the balance between Destruction Derby-like matches and more traditional races. It lacks some more modes and better performance, but it’s an enjoyable game overall.
  26. Jun 19, 2018
    75
    The scope is ultimately limited, but what a roaring spectacle of broken car bits Wreckfest manages.
  27. Jun 18, 2018
    75
    Wreckfest is a solid product. It is fun, has a good amount of content, gives to the player a wide range of personalization and it is visually great. Because of that, even though it doesn’t offer something that we haven’t seen before, we recommend it for every player that likes the off-road and demolition genres.
  28. CD-Action
    Oct 25, 2018
    70
    This technically superb tribute to Destruction Derby could use some more insanity (especially in terms of unimaginative, repetitive arenas and challenges) and a broader color palette. The default driving model (with active assists) is both believable and satisfying and the destruction model is very detailed. [09/2018, p.60]
  29. Aug 5, 2018
    70
    Wreckfest could entertain many car racing enthusiasts and leave the most discerning disappointed at the same time. Great for short and carefree sessions, it tends to exhaust its charisma rather quickly. It remains a well-built experience, enjoyable for those thirsting for destruction and sometimes almost exciting.
  30. Jul 3, 2018
    70
    At first you don't understand the game at all, then you start to admire it, but in the end it just becomes too boring.
  31. Jun 25, 2018
    70
    Wreckfest isn’t overly pretty, but its damage engine is unparalleled; Bugbear just needs to find more ways to add to its ridiculous nature, because that’s where the game really excels.
  32. Jul 31, 2018
    65
    Wreckfest lacks coherent vision. It feels as if Bugbear Interactive, during all these long years of development hell, still haven’t figured out what game exactly they were trying to create.
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  1. Jul 4, 2018
    The creators of Flatout channel a little of the classic Destruction Derby as this brilliantly destructive racer emerges from Early Access. [Recommended]
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 132 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 97 out of 132
  2. Negative: 16 out of 132
  1. Jun 20, 2018
    9
    first of all, this game has some issues, its not ultra polished, its not triple A production value, its not graphically perfect and its careerfirst of all, this game has some issues, its not ultra polished, its not triple A production value, its not graphically perfect and its career is a bit dry and lacking in interesting content, however...

    This game has delivered some of the best gameplay I have experienced in a long time, ive played mostly online and find the community so far is solid, friendly, fun and laid back. Racing is often a serious, clean and fair sport where trading paint is almost always as far as it should go but then theres banger racing and this game does banger racing perfect. The damage model is hands down the best in any racing game released so far but they have put thought into the game to ensure you can still race when damaged and continue right until the finish line having fun, lets face it nobody really wants to be out first corner race after race so the game doesn't severely hamper your car or destroy it when taking punishment, you take mechanical damage but really its minor and you can see what the devs are trying to do. the graphics are perfectly fine and at times its often mind blowing when you see the carnage ensue and the game still runs silky smooth, smoother than one would expect! it really is all about that damage and particle system.

    This game manages to produce lots of magical moments that simply cant be reproduced on other more serious games, when you race door to door with 2, 3 or maybe 15 into one corner its a different kind of thrill when you know how this could end, you can hit jumps 3 abreast and come crashing down in a whoile world of carnage but whats I love about the game most when racing is looking into the distance ahead or whats going on behind, when I see a car ahead of me hit a corner all wrong and take to the air in a spin I simply cant help but go wooow! bursting out laughing and then Ill look behind and see the track filled with debris and tyres in the air as battles go on behind, its just so thrilling.

    this game really isn't polished like forza, its cars cant hold a candle to project cars 2, it lacks any real online ranking system which is a real bummer right now but the game excels where all those others simply don't and that's in sheer good old fashioned fun.

    really cant express enough how good this game is, its just a different kind of racing experience and I love it.

    Th
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  2. Jun 17, 2018
    9
    Great racing game! Absolutely recomend it! This is spiritual heir to Flatout dilogy by Bugbear. Drive and fun, best physics and strongGreat racing game! Absolutely recomend it! This is spiritual heir to Flatout dilogy by Bugbear. Drive and fun, best physics and strong visual. Worth to buy!!! Full Review »
  3. Apr 2, 2015
    8
    This is a fun game. It is still in early access phase like other reviews have noted, but it is still a multiplayer racing game that is lots ofThis is a fun game. It is still in early access phase like other reviews have noted, but it is still a multiplayer racing game that is lots of fun. Nothing like getting out and banging some cars around. Some of the current faults the game has is the aggressive AI, and sometimes poor control from the players input. But other than that it is fun. For how slow it's development fun, there can be times when you don't want to play because you just want the next update fix to come out. But the developers are constantly working to make it better with each update! Full Review »