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It's a few minor tweaks away from something special, and the same applies to Screamride as a whole. While there's nothing in Frontier's latest to make your stomach churn - with the possible exception of its honkingly awful dubstep soundtrack - there's not quite enough here to get your pulse racing either.
ScreamRide is currently the most fun I have had with a videogame in 2015 so far. I think the idea of this game is brilliant, and it is absolutely addicting to play. With three separate career modes, a beautiful physics based destruction system and the sandbox mode, this should keep you occupied for quite some time.
Screamride may not revolutionize the genre in a deep compelling way and it doesn't have strong multiplayer options, but it's pure entertainment and packs in as much content as a world-class amusement park. If you've been wanting a game that makes you scream "WHOO!", Screamride has just the ticket.
ScreamRide is thrilling, addictive, fun, enjoyable, well-crafted, rewarding, challenging, and has the potential to go on to be a long and successful franchise. It isn't just about holding on to your hat as you fly down a vertical drop, building the biggest coaster you can, or trying to hold on to your lunch as you hit an inversion at 120mph. There's thought, the tools for a community to spring up around it, and lots of longevity here, and at really is only some very minor niggles that stops ScreamRide from picking up perfect marks.
Peers in seemingly disparate genres have assumed mastery over impulsive tests of skill, the strategic obliteration of unreliable architecture, and a judicious regard for practical engineering, but none have been arranged together as uniform and effective as ScreamRide. For a game so persistently engrossed in outlandish destruction, its accompanying structure is surprisingly sound.
Screamride is a very entertaining game on the Xbox One that successfully creates that virtual roller-coaster experience from start to finish. There's some great replay value included in the game and some very good use of real-world physics with some over the top challenges for players to complete.
With a host of game modes, some of which are more addictive than others and slick controls for most part, ScreamRide is a fun bundle of gaming goodness. Until the bigger games hit the Xbox One, rest assured this is more than enough to keep you suitably entertained.
I had a lot more fun playing ScreamRide than I thought I would have. For the asking price, you get a solid amount of fun, varied gameplay, and solid audio to top it off. The only thing that can drag this game down is the camera controls at times, and some issues with aiming in Demolition mode, but these issues could well be tweaked later on. So strap yourself in and hang on, because it's going to be a wild ride!
There are a few other niggling issues, like occasionally problematic camera controls, the baffling lack of an instant replay feature and some overall rough edges in the presentation. But for that narrow subset of players who like racing, puzzle and construction games – and who have a slightly sadistic streak, to boot – Screamride is not to be missed. It's almost enough to make you forget high school physics. Almost.
In the end, ScreamRide proves to be fun in short doses. The four modes are quite entertaining if you love some chaos with your fun, though Engineering has some nasty difficulty spikes toward the end. The game is light on original content, but the leaderboard and many extra quests help give it legs, and the user-made creations give it some longevity. The presentation may be a little underwhelming, but few will mind since it provides such a distinct experience on the console. Gamers who are looking for something just a little different should check out ScreamRide.
Free from Kinect, Frontier has been able to deliver a game that revels in split-second timing and precise controls. The result is the studio's best Xbox game in years that's a brilliantly fun coaster-racing, track-building, building destroying experience in its own right. ScreamRide feels like a reaction to the studio's Kinect work. Where Microsoft's motion-detecting device demanded games without precise input, ScreamRide revels in it. The result is a joy.
A melting pot of old and new, Screamride provides players with not only classic coaster building, but also the ability to ride upon those tracks and then destroy everything around them across hours of endless fun.
If you love coaster creation, you're going to enjoy ScreamRide. If you love destroying things and watching buildings crumble, well, you'll also enjoy ScreamRide; but, you should probably seek help.
ScreamRide offers an experience that is fresh, deep and a blast to play. Despite its lack of multiplayer I kept coming back for more to test my creativity and wreak as much havoc as possible.
At less than $40 to buy, ScreamRide offers a lot of excitement for its comparatively low price. You can ride, destroy, and create dream roller coasters, effectively giving you three games in one. When you add in a steady stream of user-generated content into the mix, ScreamRide is value proposition is very tempting.
ScreamRide delivers an interesting and exciting mix of high-speed thrills with some fun destruction puzzle elements thrown in for good measure. What we really need to keep an eye out for, however, is how the community will shape up after launch.
Screamride is a limited romp, but its core selection of minigames are fun to play. It's enjoyable for what it is, whether you have a creative mind or just want to blow shit up. I can see myself going back from time to time to top my best score -- I just won't be creating things for months on end.
ScreamRide brings some of the most fun sections of the Rollercoaster-game formula into a mix of destruction and adrenaline, which is incredibly fun if that's your thing. The problem with ScreamRide in the end is the fact that it does feel like a much smaller game than it's advertised to be, and whilst it's solid, it's definitely not worth the advertised $40 price tag.
Surprisingly deep enough, flashy and cathartic, Screamride is its own roller-coaster beast, even if it is uneven at times. But thrill-seeking fans will be in for a treat with a game that will have your buttocks firmly clenched with vertigo-inducing action.
ScreamRide's fun is fleeting as the collection of mini-game physics puzzles recycles its material. The game has some solid mechanics, but is a shallow experience overall.
There's a lot to like about ScreamRide, but not much of it is good enough to love. With three discrete elements, each of which could have been a download game in its own right, it's reasonably good value, but no one element is quite as brilliant as it could have been, and the environments aren't engaging enough to make the mindless destruction that much fun. There's potential in the creative tools and community features, but this isn't the most thrilling of thrill rides.
"Screamride" could have been a respectable evolution of the popular "RollerCoaster Tycoon" franchise, but it veered off the track along the way. The roller coaster design sections contain strokes of genius, but that genius is constantly mired by boring gameplay that make up two thirds of the game. This lack of cohesion creates a seriously bumpy ride.
So much of what Screamride does it gets right, with the necessary gameplay hooks to see you repeat sections again and again, just to score a few more points to move you up the online leaderboards or achieve a perfect level rating. It also offers a relatively good degree of variety, and across its fifty or so levels there's enough content to keep you interested before you turn to building your own creations. However, there are some troubling flaws with the camera, and the construction tools, though potent, are not as immediately accessible as they should be.
Screamride is an odd case of a game where I enjoy it while I'm playing it, sinking hours at a time into mastering a screamrider track, finding the perfect pressure point to detonate a demolition level, or tweaking a roller coaster of my own creation for the best balance of speed and excitement. But the hooks aren't fully there, and when I step away from playing I'm neither eager nor excited to return.
If only it had been considerably cheaper, or considerably bigger in scope, this could've been a fun ride, but as it is ScreamRide is not really worth the price of entry.
ScreamRide's three modes and robust design suite are briefly entertaining, but the fun doesn't last. Lacking soul and connective tissue, this minigame collection never quite gels or comes together into anything particularly memorable.
Screamride has a pretty impressive roller coaster building suite and some satisfying destructible environments, but everything else - from the other gameplay modes to its presentation - is a total snore.