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  • Summary: Break the rules and take full-contact racing to the limit with Wreckfest! Expect epic crashes, neck-to-neck fights over the finish line and brand-new ways for metal to bend -- These are the once-in-a-lifetime moments that can only be achieved in Wreckfest, with its true-to-life physicsBreak the rules and take full-contact racing to the limit with Wreckfest! Expect epic crashes, neck-to-neck fights over the finish line and brand-new ways for metal to bend -- These are the once-in-a-lifetime moments that can only be achieved in Wreckfest, with its true-to-life physics simulation crafted by legendary developer Bugbear, who also brought you FlatOut 1 & 2! Burn rubber and shred metal in the ultimate driving playground! Wreckfest is jam-packed with upgrade and customization options. Whether you are preparing for your next demolition derby with reinforced bumpers, roll cages, side protectors and much more, or setting your car up for a banger race with engine performance parts like air filters, camshafts, fuel systems, etc., Wreckfest is shaping up to be the best combative motorsport game out there.

    Features:

    * Awesome Cars -- Old, banged-up, patched-together cars that simply ooze style! From old American heavy-hitters to agile Europeans and fun Asians, you won't find anything like this in other games.

    * Meaningful Customization -- Change not only the look of your cars but also upgrade their body armor!

    * Multiplayer -- Wreck your friends online and take racing to the limit while chasing for demolition dominance!

    * Challenge modes -- Have hilarious fun with crop harvesters, lawn mowers, school buses, three-wheelers and more!
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Aug 26, 2019
    100
    All in all, Wreckfest is absolutely worth checking out on consoles. Having not played it on PC I can’t 100% say how it compares to that version of the game, but as far as console racing games go, Wreckfest certainly feels like one of the best this gen. The various modes, the unique demolition derby events, and awesome destruction modeling on display really make for an entertaining, no-nonsense type of racing game. I’d highly suggest checking it out, you won’t be disappointed.
  2. Aug 23, 2019
    90
    Wreckfest is the long-overdue return of serious, high-quality destruction racing and, in that admittedly slim niche, it’s the king of the crop. It lacks a little spark off the track but out in the thick of it it’s some of the most frantic fun you can have on four wheels. I play plenty of serious racers, but sometimes it’s nice to toss the rulebook into the back seat and get out in the mud and trade some paint.
  3. Aug 28, 2019
    90
    Wreckfest combines the exact right elements to create something amazing. It's big, ridiculous, loud, and chaotic. It's full of features to dig into, too, like a photo mode, a garage, a market of cars, and the ability to paint vehicles. Most importantly, you can drive a sofa, complete with coffee table, into the side of a school bus. Wreckfest is an absolute blast.
  4. Aug 30, 2019
    80
    Even though the game does not feature arcade-like elements such as the boosts and power-ups which made franchises like Burnout so much fun, the ridiculously detailed destructible vehicles and environments are more than enough to make this a worthy successor to games like Demolition Derby and developer Bugbear Entertainment’s own FlatOut series, and is surely a worthy time-waster for racing fans before Need for Speed Heat comes out.
  5. Sep 4, 2019
    80
    Wreckfest on consoles remains a steady source of destructive racing fun.
  6. Sep 2, 2019
    80
    An absurd load of fun, that's Wreckfest in a nutshell. This insane racing game uses extremely enjoyable tracks to keep you playing for a long time, though you'll have to be able to stand the long loading times.
  7. 65
    Wreckfest just doesn’t live up to the promise of its name. The destruction is technically impressive, but oddly distancing. It awes with flying debris, but rarely exhilarates.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 34
  2. Negative: 7 out of 34
  1. Aug 28, 2019
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Beautiful game! I had been waiting for 5+ years at this point for this game to release on consoles and it hasn’t disappointed me in any way. This game is seriously everything I could’ve asked for and more (minus a few unrealistic expectations).

    Graphics: Good! Nicely detailed car models and fair environments.

    Music: Hands down has to be the best soundtrack Bugbear has put in any one of their games! Good mix of some bouncy metal/core, and more lighthearted fun tracks.

    Gameplay: Impeccable. The translation from PC to console was done beautifully! The gameplay is so freaking addictive and I couldn’t possibly get enough of it. I’m honestly not even mad when I get wiped out in the last turn of a race ‘cause that just means I get to go again! The tracks are a lot of fun, and it was definitely cool to see some FlatOut throwbacks/inspired tracks in there too! There’s not a single track that I don’t like. The handling can be a little funky at first but all you need to do is adjust some of the advanced steering settings to your liking and you’ll be good to go! It still does take some getting used to though as the driving isn’t exactly as tight as you’d hope, but what can you expect from a demo derby game! GAMEPLAY AND FUN WAS NOT SACRIFICED FOR THE SAKE OF REALISM WITH THE DAMAGE MODELING - remember that. Oh, and seeing your driver get flattened out and deformed with the car is probably one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen in a game. Customization: Great! Was admittedly a little worried in this department simply because of the nature of the game, but I was not disappointed! You can customize and add armor to pretty much every part of the car, with a few cars being excluded from customization options; but once you see what those are it makes sense. You can definitely make some badass combos. Physics: B. E. A. U. T. I. F. U. L. The cars deform so incredibly, and with the realistic damage setting turned on, that’s dialed up to 11! It’s a really nice detail too to see the world fall apart around you as well. Certain walls or barriers will crumble into bits when you hit them, mounds of tires will explode when you make contact, signs break in spectacular fashion; pretty much, if you can see if and if it looks breakable, it is! All without a noticed dropped frame on PS4 Pro.

    Performance: Amazing! With all the incredible stuff going on on screen at once (especially this game’s impeccable particle effects), I haven’t noticed a single performance dip, which is more surprising to me than just about everything. No matter how much carnage you’ve got on screen at once, the game can handle it, and it handles it VERY well. Load times can be a little extensive at times, but when you take into consideration what this game engine can do and the things that can happen in a single race, it’s nothing more than a measly annoyance (if you’re not used to the PC version that is). And also, when you’ve loaded into a race, everything is instantaneous from there one. Starts, restarts, doesn’t matter; just like the FlatOut games, no matter how late you are in the race, or what kind, or how much carnage you strew about the track, you’re ready to go immediately after the initial loading screens. UI: Admittedly, this is one of my very VERY few gripes with this game, the UI at times does not feel very intuitive. There are some hang ups and you can immediately tell that the menus are running at 30 fps or below. There are quite a few UI glitches in the game right now, such as certain liveries not working properly, getting doubles of the same customization part in the menus, or the pause menu not working too great at times. But it’s nothing that can’t get ironed out in later patches. Glitches/Bugs (PlayStation 4): Yes. There are some glitches, most of which are UI bugs from what I can tell. Sometimes when you load in to the pre-race screen, your wheels will be clipping into the ground. On the farm plow demo derby, there were some issues with the lighting breaking. Sometimes you won’t do any damage or near enough to somebody even after hitting them really hard and clearly seeing their vehicle get smashed up. That’s just breaking the surface; but again, these are fixable issues that are too be expected from fresh releases. Consensus: Seriously one of the most fun games I have ever played and it’s definitely up there in my top 10 favorite games of all time already. The glitches and other issues don’t even come close to taking away from the gameplay experience with this game, not a lot of games can be in that position. This game has a lot of time to grow, and hopefully Bugbear will get the funding and support they need from THQ Nordic with how well this game is being received. Pretty much all the negative reviews are from people who bought this game for all the wrong reasons, do not heed their words.

    I could go on and on all day about this game! But sadly, I’m limited to 5,000 characters :p
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  2. Aug 27, 2019
    10
    Столько много веселья я давно не получал. Музыка восхитительна, повреждение машин изумительное.Столько много веселья я давно не получал. Музыка восхитительна, повреждение машин изумительное.
  3. Aug 27, 2019
    10
    For an alternative to Burnout this is it. And one thing to remember always restart to make a better go of it. Slightly long load times my onlyFor an alternative to Burnout this is it. And one thing to remember always restart to make a better go of it. Slightly long load times my only negative. But other than that an over the top, outrageous, stupidly brilliant driving game, at times completely insane but so playable and enjoyable at the same time. Some of the fun I’ve had so far is awesome. I can be on the last lap in first place and somehow still end up in the middle of it all and not win. But again restart is your best friend! Always restart if your struggling. But a MUST own. Not a massive fan of lawn mowers and the three wheeler but hey I’ll get there. Enjoy driving mayhem. Expand
  4. Aug 27, 2019
    9
    This game so much FUN. Online and and offline dedicated Severs online aswell
  5. Sep 1, 2019
    8
    A fun arcade-y racing/wrecking game with semi-realistic damage modelling. Provides enough of a challenge when adjusting the difficulty andA fun arcade-y racing/wrecking game with semi-realistic damage modelling. Provides enough of a challenge when adjusting the difficulty and damage settings. The loading times are a bit of a drag and the online race modes should have an option to be restricted to specific car classes (A/B/C etc.) Rubber-banding is also an issue when racing against AI. All in all, good fun with a 40€ price tag. Expand
  6. Sep 13, 2019
    7
    This is a pretty solid racing game, I had fun playing it. Mad by the same developers Bugbear who made the flat out series. The game has a veryThis is a pretty solid racing game, I had fun playing it. Mad by the same developers Bugbear who made the flat out series. The game has a very detailed and complex damage and physics model, you can break almost any part of your vehicle.

    Most of the races consist of racing around dirt tracks or demolition derby events with different vehicles. Most of the vehicles are old beat up cars from the 70's and 80's. The gameplay is very good an can be quite challenging, even on easy mode with simple damage physics turned on.

    If I am to criticize this game, my complaints would be as follows:

    1 - no local spilt screen at all
    2 - no character creation or story mode whatsoever, just pick event and go.
    3 - Game is only good in short bursts
    4 - unlockables are uneven. I had level 3 parts with my first car without knowing it.

    The game is a solid purchase IMO. I think Bugbear should be given the rights to make a twisted metal game as their physic engine would work so well in a car combat game!

    7.5 out of 10 for me.
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  7. Sep 29, 2019
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. So many bugs in this game it's unreal and half the time you cannot get online save your money and spend it on beer Expand

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