“ Genre: Driving & Racing „
I'm usually skeptical of destruction derby games, they're usually all flash and no substance. However this little gem of a classic doesn't disappoint in the way that many others do.
For a start i'll tell you what you actually do in the game.
Its sort of a mix between destruction derby and circuit racing, you gain points for scoring in a high position, but you also gain points for causing damage or destroying your opponents whilst your racing. Its a necessity to be fairly rough with your opponents, you won't win any races by occasionally sideswiping them and finishing in 1st, ideally you want to aim for a high speed collision on a crossroad, hopefully with you coming out on top, with any luck you'll total their car thus earning you a tidy sum of points.
The game allows you to build up combos if you cause large accidents and stringing moves together in quick succession, for instance, if you strike a car which then spins 180 degrees, hits into a wall, flips on its roof and then is totalled, you will earn points for a 180 degree spin, a flip, and a flatline.
The game features surprisingly realistic physics, the suspension will bounce when you go up/down hills in the game, unfortunately this can lead to some accidents, if you take a corner at high speed, theres a good chance that you could flip your car, this happened to me very often, so its usually best to steer gently or slow down, the latter usually isnt an option.
There are a few game modes in the game, Smash 4 Cash, Wreckin Racing, A mode with a bomb (not the actual name), and sorry but i cant remember the others. Haha.
Smash 4 Cash is basically where you cause as much damage to your opponents as possible, the more damage you do the more you will earn to spend on either upgrading your current car, or buying a new one. Wreckin Racing is basically the mode i described earlier, high points for finishing in 1st, but you must also do some serious damage to your opponents if you want to win the overall championship.
The bomb mode can be played by up to 4 human players. A bomb will spawn in the arena bowl on a random car, the person who has the bomb on their car will earn points, but if they have the bomb when the fuse runs out, they'll receive some serious damage on their car. The basic objective being to hold onto the bomb as long as possible, then give it to someone else just before its about to blow.
The multiplayer mode also has some other modes. In the destruction derby bowl arenas there are a few extra variations, such as the leech mode. In leech mode, you earn points for ramming people, but instead of just earning points, you'll steal points from your opponent. So if you hit them and cause them to do a 180 degree spin, you earn 100 points, and they lose 100 points.
Depending on the damage on your car, it will react differently, if you have some serious damage on your car (about 85% or higher) then you'll suffer some extreme steering difficulties, making it almost impossible to get around corners, a very bad problem to have if your in a circuit race.
Really this game is pretty good, it may get boring after a while, but most games do, there are a lot of cars to choose, the career isn't long, probably take you a few days to finish the whole game, theres a fairly good amount of tracks and the multiplayer mode is great fun, especially on 4 players. As the game is best in 4 player mode, i suggest you play it on a PS3 or on a PSone with a Multitap.
Thankfully a game with cars in itt hat isn't really about racing, thats what we have here with Destruction Derby 3 Raw. I can remember when I got the original version of DD back in 1996, incredible to think that was 12 years ago now , but I loved to play it. It's basically just a game of complete and utter chaos.
The idea is, you paick a car, get put in a big arena and crashthe hell into each other until theres only one car left standing..or driving if you will. Of course there is a rwacing mode in this game which allows the usual stuff from a racing game on the PSX but the main meat of this game for me is in the crashing.
A precursor to Burnout in many ways this is game dealt more on damage than anything else and the graphics were pretty unique for it's time, in other racers if you crashed the car wouldn't dent but in this one bits would be flying off all the time and it looked really good.
The gameplay is easy enough to pick up, there aren't any weapons in the game so you basically just hold in X to accelerate and and Square to break, although you won't really need that much.
It's simple and fun , thats' the best I can say about DD3 and if you're sick to death with the usual boring racing games then come on down to the Destruction Derby and meet some firends of mine!
Destruction Derby Raw is a fast and furious demolition car racing game. You get a taster of the action as the game loads with an opening FMV sequence of the cars smashing there way through to the front. This game is by Studio 33, the team behind the much improved Formula 1 99 and Newman Hass Racing. There are 3 modes of play in this game. Wreckin' racing. Smash 4 $. Battle. Wreckin' racing is possibly the best one to play, You start with just one circuit open and a handful of cars to use. Win a race and score enough points and you open up more tracks. There are 25 tracks to play in this game. At the start of each race you choose a car based on speed, handling, brakes and strength. The tracks rage from ovals, car parks, mines or stadiums. All the tracts are twisty and bumpy with loops and turns all over the place. The 25 tracks all have a different difficulty rating and a different score to achieve. Its not just a case of winning a race because you wont score enough points, you need to smash and crash into the other cars as well. You race against 19 other cars, so there are plenty to hit. Some of the races have a trophy to win, these open up bonus cars which you can only use in Smash 4 $ mode. You get a short FMV after you win the trophy. There are 8 bonus cars to win. Smash 4 $ sees you start with $1500, and you can only afford a small amount of cars. There are over 20 more out of your price range. Choose a car from the garage and then race on a randomly picked track. The more damage you do and the higher you finish earns you money. When you finish the race you must decide whether to repair your car at a price or buy a new one. Then you go to race again. This keeps going on until you can afford all the cars or you get bored. Battle mode sees you take on up to 3 friends and you can choose from Assault, Destruction Derby, Sky scraper and Pass the bomb. Assault allows you to pick the number of laps, the t
rack and the level of carnage. Destruction Derby, sees you playing the classic arena, Vampyre mode where you lose points as well and Armageddon, This mode sees how long you can last instead of a high score. Sky Scraper is set on a roof where you must not fall off. Pass the Bomb has a counting down bomb which is passed between cars when they touch. All these games still have a damage meter as well, so you must be careful. The game graphics are fantastic for the Playstation, the tracks are very well set out with lots of detail in the background as well as the foreground. A lot of thought has gone into the track design. There is a little bit of slow down as the action gets frantic and some scenery loss around the edge of the tracks as the cars spin out of control. During a race the screen is not too cluttered You only have a simple crash meter, a position counter, a points readout and a speedo. As you crash you get a type of crash caused flash on the screen these vary from 90* spin/ 180* spin/ 360* spin/ Jaw breaker/ Hurricane/ Flatliner/ Cork Screw/ Barrier Slam and many more all ranging from 10 points unto 300+ After each race you can watch the hi-lights using fast forward, rewind, eject etc. The crashes look great as cars fly all over the place and smash into each other. The cars show the damage with bent panels and bonnets flying off. The handling suffers as the wheels get damaged and become more difficult to drive. The cars do look a bit similar and angular but that does not spoil the game. The sound is pretty good too, Loads of American V8 engines gurgling away, Tyres screeching, Metal on metal smashes. Difficulty, It took me two days to finish Wreckin' racing and the same for Smash 4 $. I don't play battle games as I prefer one player games but I did have a go to see what they where like. Some of the tracks are quite easy and some very hard. As some of the races are fairly short you find yourself waiting for
the game to load all the time, A bit off putting. You only need one memory block to save and it is quick and easy. All in all this is a great game and fun to play, You can cause some spectacular crashes from the comfort of your armchair and not get so much as a single scratch. Well recommended.
The appeal of trashing other cars and basically causing lots of mayhem has always appealed to me. This is why I made the decision to buy Destruction Derby Raw. And it didn't fail to deliver. Most people will know the concept of the 'Destruction' series, but if you don't, here it is - trash other cars and win races. Points are obtained by slamming into other cars, and points are also won by coming in higher than 10th place in the race. Slamming into other cars should be taken with cation however, unless you are playing one of the'Battle' modes. Caution should be taken becuase, unsurprisingly, damage is caused to your car as well and it goes up quicker than you think. There are 26 tracks to race round, delivering different twists, turns and surfaces. A lot of them are very hard and it can knock quite a bit of damage off if you slam into the wall of a corner you just missed. Most tracks though are fun, and you will get increasingly addicted, and sometimes frustrated with the game. To complete the 'Wreckin Racing' mode you need to obtain the amount of points required to complete each track using all your skill. Itb is quite hard in a race to get more than 1600 points and a lot of the tracks require more than this to go onto the next few tracks. In time however, when you have got to grips with the game, you will find it reasonably easy. The other mode is called 'Smash for $', which is basically what it says in the title. You start with $1500 and have to buy a car. Depending on points you receive, you get more money and you can buy better and faster cars.More fun and less frustrating than Wreckin Racing in my opinion. The game also includes a battle mode which there are four different types of - Assault (race around tracks trashing each other), Destruction Derby (16 cars put in a big arena- last one standing with most points wins), Skyscraper (16 cars attempting to pu
sh each other off a skyscraper) and Pass Da Bomb, which is exactly what it says. This is a truly wicked game, and is also quite stress releiving. The graphics are sharp and there is visible damage as well. Buy it, definitely!
A driving game developed by Studio 33 and published by Midway Games Inc.. There's a season-style wreckin' racing mode where you earn points for completing tracks and thrashing your opponents. You can't upgrade your car in this mode but you do get to choose the order in which you complete the 25 courses. The next menu option smash4$ (that's smash for cash) in that you lose the choice of which course to race but you earn money with which to upgrade your vehicle. These single-player modes also give you the ability to unlock eight bonus cars such as a delivery truck or a police car.