|Wrecked: Revenge Revisited|
|Developer: Supersonic Software
Publisher: 505 Games
Release Date: Out Now
Players/Online features: 1-4
Wrecked: Revenge Revisited comes from Supersonic, the developers of the Mashed. and Supersonic Racers (AKA Dare Devil Derby in the US) franchises and is best described as ‘spiritual successor’ to them. If I was being less kind I’d describe it as ‘a slightly lacklustre hi-res re-envisioning of those games’. Veterans Supersonic Racers and Mashed will even notice that Wrecked even contains some updated track designs from the earlier games.
The controls are pretty standard fare; accelerate with the right trigger, brake with the left trigger, hold to reverse. Turns can be sharpened by using the hand brake (B) and you can shunt the car violently from left to right to using the right stick to change lanes suddenly or ram opponents.
The game’s camera seems less helpful than in previous games, and it swoops in and out and sways from one side of the vehicle to the other for no apparent reason, and can therefore be hugely disorientating. Sometimes, amazingly, it even points in a direction so you can’t even see the apex of an upcoming corner, or is so close to your car that you can’t see fast-approaching power ups! This is a problem that everyone who plays or even just watches the game comments on, so it must be bad. Presumably it’s designed to be this loose to keep the frame rate solid, and to give you the best view, but something seems to have gone badly wrong because there’s absolutely no reason for some of the camera’s wild swoops and zooms, unless the designers wanted to mess you up. I can tell you from playing the game for several hours that you will get used to the Wrecked camera, but that doesn’t mean you have to like it.
Successful racing earns you XP and that unlocks new cars/paintjobs etc, but as the camera is never that close to the cars and there’s no replay mode, fannying around making your car look pretty would seem to be a complete waste of time. Painting it a bright colour so it stands out when the camera zooms out isn’t a bad idea though.
If Revenge Revisited isn’t enough for you then there is DLC available in the form of the Wrecked: Highway to Hell pack that contains brand-new tracks, single player new power ups and a brand-new vehicle.
To sum up, while it’s a welcome update to an old favourite and enjoyable for a while I wasn’t overly impressed with Wrecked: Revenge Revisited or the way it plays, and while it’s fun to play online it’s unlikely you’ll play it more than a few times, and completing the solo game to gold level became a chore rather than a challenge.
- Colourful and fun.
- A nice selection of weapons.
- Dizzying camera.
- Silly Super Turbo/Brake controls.
- Another racing game with no replay mode.
- Ghost glitch?