Wreckfest – Xbox One Review
I’ve been waiting for Wreckfest ever since I had a brief look at it in early access on the PC, even in those early stages where it was just the last man standing mode that I got to see it really reminded me of Destruction Derby back on the original Playstation.
Never since then has anything really scratched the itch for proper banger racing for me so I have really been keen to see if this would live up to the billing.
Wreckfest was originally due to launch on consoles back in November 2018 but was delayed, I’m glad it was as I felt then it was looking a bit of a stretch to get it out in that timeframe, now that Bugbear (of Flatout fame) have had the extra time to work on the whole package its really fleshed out and looking great.
You start out racing the first event on a ride-on lawnmower and then it just gets crazier and more fun from there out, the career path is setup as lots of individual events spread across five tiers of racing, the events do have a degree of variation across them to try and make the career path a little more interesting but later down the line the events can become a little repetitive however the real fun is in the actual races and that fun stays just that throughout.
The game looks great on the One X and although the cars are not licenses you won’t fail to recognise cars like the Honda CRX and the Ford Escort Mk1, the brilliant soft body damage model is great to watch as you get everything from small bumps and bruises to your vehicle to being virtually wrecked and limping round the track.
The wreckage that flies off vehicles is persistent and you will see bits of your opponent’s cars strewn across the track as you drive round showing that they have been having their own private battles either in front or behind you.
Slam someone hard enough or let them slam you and they will be come a rival, they will either look for revenge on you or you can get a bonus by retaliating, its great fun when someone has smacked into you and you spin them sideways right into oncoming traffic, on of my personal favourites was flipping my rival onto their roof in the middle of traffic by pushing them up an embankment until they rolled.
Beneath the surface though there lies a really great driving model which means you do actually need to drive if you turn off the assistants but its really satisfying driving and a great physics model.
There are lots of track types to get your teeth into with some cracking figure of eight tracks where chaos ensues at the crossover along with bowl type tracks and a rather mental loop the loop track, add into the mix some absolutely crazy vehicle choices such as school buses, RV’s, Ride-on Lawnmowers and even Couches (Sofa’s) with engines!
Further to the career mode and one of races you also have the online multiplayer and also an event editor where you can make your own events, want to race your Sofa against some school buses or lawnmowers, knock your self out!
If Forza Horizon 4 is the king of Racers this is right there up with it for me as it is quite simply one of the most fun racers I have played in a very long time, Destruction Derby was one of my favourites racing games but this has swooped in and taken its place.
I have absolutely no hesitation to recommending this to anyone who likes racing games, if you do like racing games, do yourself a favour and get some of this, you wont regret it
Publisher: THQ Nordic
Twitter: @BugBearGames / @THQNordic