More Reviews
REVIEWS Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapph Review
In some way, Pokémon and the relationships they form with their trainers wind up teaching the player something completely different than what you might suspect.

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Review
Batman and friends team up for another Lego adventure.
More Previews
PREVIEWS Silence: The Whispered World II Preview
With its absolutely gorgeous sequel, Daedalic aims to create a mid-range difficulty adventure title that will expand the genre to a larger audiences.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions
Release date: Out Now

Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix
Release date: 12/02/14

Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-
Release date: 12/16/14

Kalimba
Release date: 12/17/14


LATEST FEATURES Black Friday 2014 Video Game Deals Buyer's Guide
Looking to score the most bang for your buck the day after Thanksgiving? Well look no further! Our Black Friday guide is just the tool you need.

With Two Paths to Walk This Fall, I Recommend Assassins Play AC Unity Over AC Rogue
For fans of this series, it'll be a decision based on hardware. For enthusiasts, returning to the brand's roots will prove enticing.
MOST POPULAR FEATURES Xbox Downloads October 2014 - Updating Each Week
Microsoft's Xbox One console continues an Xbox Live revolution started over a decade ago. Here's hoping Summer of Arcade makes it to the platform next year.

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP oblivion437
Wish List for Fallout 4
By oblivion437
Posted on 11/24/14
So I promised that list and here it is.  It's late and it's not as thorough as I'd hoped.  I also wish I had images handy to illustrate every point where helpful.  So, in no particular order - a subjective set of desired features for Fallout 4: Things to...

Destruction Derby Raw Review

Shawn_Sparks By:
Shawn_Sparks
09/01/00
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE  
PLAYERS 1- 4 
PUBLISHER Midway 
DEVELOPER  
RELEASE DATE  
E Contains No Descriptors

What do these ratings mean?

Is that transmission fluid or blood?

Ahh...the satisfying sound of steel against steel, the joy of watching pieces of Detroit scatter as the other guy smashes head first into the center divide. Blood, carnage, and mayhem, all for the sake of getting home before 6:30. Yeah, the folks at Psygnosis (R.I.P) really knew how to touch our hearts. By giving us an avenue to vent our commute frustrations and keep our insurance premiums within reason, they created a series of games that is both fun and therapeutic.

I have been a fan of the Destruction Derby series from the beginning...yes, even the first one. It has always held a certain charm, crashing into other drivers at high speeds. Midway is the proud new owner of this underrated license, and finally have released this latest version.

Unlike a lot of games, Destruction Derby has improved with each sequel. Improved graphics, more cars, and several new modes are among the upgrades that Destruction Derby Raw has to offer.

The new courses offer new challenges; elements like mud and snow that affect the handling of the car make for more wrecks than ever. Barreling down an icy snow bank into a 90 degree turn has never been so much fun. I guess it's good practice for those long drives back from Tahoe next winter.

Graphically, DD Raw reminds me of a poor man's Gran Turismo: fairly gritty, yet the high framerates keep it feeling smooth. The cars reflect some of the lighting and track elements and show damage as it occurs. If you stop long enough to focus, background objects like the spectators and trees are very flat and dumpy. But for the most part DD Raw is pretty absorbing, and the subpar backgrounds pass by largely unnoticed.

The control is great. Power slides and CHP style "reverse U-turns" are essential and easy to pull off. As the game progresses and your car acquires damage, the performance goes down. Tear up your front end from ramming too many others (or guardrails, if you suck) and your turning radius drops to about a quarter of what it once was. If you destroy just one side, your car pulls to the side, making it really hard to accelerate or steer around the track. This adds a very realistic touch, and is part of what makes DD Raw a fun romp.

There are two main race modes: "Smash 4 $" and "Wreckin' Racin'." Smash 4 $ earns you cash with which you may purchase new cars or repair the one you have. Wreckin' Racin' is the typical tournament to win all of the races in a series. The track progression is laid out into a branching tree, so you choose which track to race next.

As gaming advances, we expect more and more from our games; we need a reason to play beyond the first time around, so developers add tons of extra modes to keep our ADHD generation focused. DD Raw adds several new modes to a game that is already a blast.

"Pass da Bomb" is a game of Hot Potato, where a stick of dynamite is passed by smashing into your opponent. The clock resets each time it is passed; hold it for too long and it's curtains. Other new modes are "Skyscraper" where, for some inexplicable reason, everyone meets on the roof of a building. Needless to say, it is easy to fall off and they don't provide parachutes. "Battle" mode is a brief last man standing scenario. Add to this a few new iterations of classic Destruction Derby, and you've got a lot to chew on.

They left a few cool things out of Raw that I liked about DD2; namely, wheels that fall off (leaving a trail of sparks and really screwing up the control) and the one hit kill. Now landing on top of another car simply causes a little damage instead of instantly destroying them and gaining a hefty bonus. But the thing I miss the most is the old announcer that sounded just like Bob Ueker. He ruled.

In these waning days of the Playstation, I can't help but wish this game came out on a more powerful system. The amount of stuff crammed in here takes its toll on the processing power, though it still holds up pretty well. Next time the PS2, perhaps?

All in all, Destruction Derby Raw is a winner. It's nice seeing a sequel that's actually an improvement rather than just another name in a franchise.


B Revolution report card
  • Solid upgrade
  • Good gameplay
  • Varied game modes
  • Third in a series...
  • No Bob Ueker!
    Reviews by other members
    No member reviews for the game.


More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

 


More information about Destruction Derby Raw