Welcome to our Wreckfest review. This past year we’ve seen many racing games such as NFS Heat and GRID which both had their own merits but were ultimately just your traditional sort of arcade racer involving getting from point A to B and whilst this is fun it doesn’t compare to the fun you can have when you’re driving a car without a care in the world, as you do in Wreckfest.
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox One
- Reviewed On: PlayStation 4
- Developer: Bugbear Entertainment
- Publisher: THQ Nordic
- Multiplayer: 2 – 16 Players Online
- Available: August 27th, 2019
- Price: £34.99 (U.K) $39.99 (U.S)
- Age Rating: PEGI 12 (U.K) T (U.S)
- Review Code Provided
A successor to titles like Destruction Derby, Wreckfest isn’t a game for Sunday drivers, it’s instead a game for the type of person who couldn’t care less if their car looks more like a squashed down cube of metal at the end of an event. It’s the type of game where your car goes into an event looking ugly and comes out looking even uglier than before. What’s more, is it also features couches and combine harvesters.
Whilst Wreckfest may give you the impression of a none serious game with its couch racing and combine harvester Derbys, it’s actually quite a serious game in that it requires a lot of skill to master, especially when you consider the fact that some races will literally have you meeting racers going in the opposite direction, but hey everyone at these events loves a good smash.
Admittedly the difficulty is a bit of a concern as there are some really frustrating moments such as trying to race a three-wheeler through a crowd of big American School Buses.
It wouldn’t be a game about destroying vehicles without a bit of destruction evidence. Thankfully the developers have done a wonderful job of keeping it evident with amazing physics which see your vehicles battered and bruised beyond recognition, even going so far as making it look like a cube on wheels.
Destruction comes with two levels on Wreckfest. There’s a normal mode which allows you to damage the car beyond recognition and then there’s the realistic mode which allows you to do just that and then some such as losing wheels and other vital car components and this mode makes the game even more of a challenge for those of you who enjoy things to be hard.
The A.I is also so well programmed that it has no shame in ruining your day by ramming you off the track, getting in your way and even doing all it can to avoid you in the Destruction Derby events.
A wide range of vehicles awaits players in Wreckfest with a choice of American muscle cars right to cars made in Asia. Then there are the special vehicles that add a whole new level of fun to the game, such as an R.V, a lawnmower, and a combine harvester to name just a few.
Vehicles can also be customized allowing you to make them faster, more stable and much stronger allowing you to make the perfect vehicle for each of the game’s events.
Several event types are available in Wreckfest, including standard racing, elimination racing, and my personal favorite Destruction Derby. The wide range of events makes it possible to enjoy the game without things getting stale too quickly and ensures there’s something for any fan of contact racing.
Wreckfest is certainly one of my favorite racers of the past few years. What makes it great is its ability to combine serious events with humorous moments (who doesn’t find couch racing hilarious?). There’s no denying this is a racer for those who are sick of driving nicely.
That concludes our Wreckfest review. To purchase the game on PlayStation 4 check out the links below.