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Wreckfest is a surprising triumph in blending the best that sim and arcade racers have to offer in an explosive and visually gratifying package. A few visual issues and overly aggressive AI do little to spoil one of the best driving games of 2019.
Arcade racers are seeing a resurgence of late and Wreckfest fits nicely into that sub-genre, bringing banger racing into the limelight and turning it up to eleven. It may not be named Destruction Derby, but the spirit of the old Psygnosis classic is alive and well in Bugbear's latest racer.
Turn off your mind, relax and ram someone off the road. A definitive festival of wrecking which nails the damage modelling and weighty feel of the cars perfectly, Weckfest is a must for anyone with even the smallest fondest for racing and wrecking.
A perfect continuation of what Bugbear has done previously with the Flatout series. They may no longer hold the license to that IP, but they definitely still have the spirit of it. This is a perfect blend of customisation and carnage, with something for everyone. I can't recommend it enough, and it deserves to be just as popular as the games that came before it.
If you love the fun side of driving games (smashing into the other vehicles and watching them bleed oil), then Wreckfest is for you! With its diverse event-types ranging from a standard demolition derby to crazy Sofa-racing, there’s so much more to the game than simply crashing into other cars, it’s all about strategically timing your offensive whilst remaining on the defensive as one hit too many will result in you knocking yourself out of the competition. The main Championships should last you many hours as you try furiously to not only come first in every event but also complete all of the challenge missions as well. Plus, there are countless hours of fun to be had within the Custom Events and Multiplayer – I just wished the game had local split-screen multiplayer.
Wreckfest foregoes a complex career mode you might expect in a modern racing game and instead highlights the best damage model I’ve ever seen in video games. Crashing has never looked so good or played so well, and this makes the game feel worthwhile long after you’ve dominated the simple stash of modes and upgrades. It’s a game that looks wonderful even when it’s meant to look ugly, always chaotic and messy but never less than stunning.
Strong emphasis of racing/destruction, with a plethora of cars to tweak and modify to your heart’s content, the only gripes are down to musical preference and patience with loading times.
Not only one of the best racing games of the generation but for once one that feels genuinely different to any of its major rivals – unless you count spiritual predecessor FlatOut.
If all that doesn't faze you (and it shouldn't), Wreckfest more than nails its core gameplay. It's a fun derby racer game that lives up to its FlatOut roots and more. It has a somewhat bare-bones presentation that is rife with bugs and long loading screens, but when it works, it's a remarkable experience from start to finish. If you love this kind of racer, the console version of Wreckfest will hold up its end of the deal and deliver frantic mayhem racing at its best.
Wreckfest offers the eRacer something not available anywhere else: the ability to race on the computer in cars and at tracks that are accessible to the common man. Don't let the 70's era rust buckets fool you, though - the driving and damage physics are quite good, the damage models are entertaining, and the racing is close and brutal. It's astonishingly fun!
Wreckfest is a crazy racing game with impressive destruction system and engaging gameplay. Despite few flaws, it's a must-have for every fan of Destruction Derby.
Review in Polish | Read full review
Wreckfest isn’t the prettiest racing game around but it is certainly the most destructive. The cars and damage models are very realistic and I really never got tired of trying to smash apart all of my opponents. The long load times are a bit of a bummer and I wish the game had local multiplayer support but I wouldn’t let either of those faults steer you away from smashing your way to victory in this game.
In the end, Wreckfest is a game that you will tend to make your own fun in. The career mode can get a little old after a while, but the multiplayer makes it even more fun throwing other players into the already impressively crazy mix. Bugbear knows what their players want out of a game from them, and they offer it up in a really fun, chaotic package that any arcade racer can enjoy.
Realistic racing with a brilliant learning curve and destruction as far as the eye can see. No other racing game on a console that's dropped this year so far has what's been put together here.
It's a fun game both by yourself, with friends, and especially with strangers on the Internet. However, Wreckfest is also pricey, and any buyer is going to have to balance their desire to get in on the action with the knowledge that they can probably find much of the same somewhere else.
Wreckfest plays the role of those bad boys of school in racing genre. The difference is that this bad boy has done all his homework and studies very well and despite all its weak points that are mostly the result of shortage in funding, managed to deliver an interesting game that is different than stereotypes of its genre. If you are tired of strict rules of other games in this genre, and every collision or get out from the track costs you a lot then Wreckfest is the game that you need. Not only there is no other rule besides becoming first, the game also encourages you to enjoy this helter-skelter festival and wreck each other in tracks for fun.
Review in Persian | Read full review
Wreckfest is just a good deal of fun. At the end of the year here at Chalgyr's Game Room, we have a variety of awards and one we have had in the past is our favorite Guilty Pleasure. Right now, Wreckfest is easily leading the way for that one in my book.
Wreckfest is out of its early access, but there is still work to do, especially to give it a real "soul" in solo mode. It is far above all the competition in rendering physical damage on cars. On PC, he avails of the work of a very active community. Thanks to this, it offers hours of discoveries and online racing. Bugbear will probably work hard to deliver much stuff on the PC version and then an interesting console release by the end of the year.
Review in French | Read full review
Wreckfest is a very solid game that is been published after five years of early access. The impressive physics, the worderful damage system and a lot of competitions make Wreckfest a must have for this summer.
Review in Italian | Read full review
Overall, the game offers a great experience that even though I got tired of after a few hours, I came back to multiple times. The game modes give a solid bit of excitement, but the real fun to me came from the online experience and special vehicles you can use to cause real destruction. I would give the game an overall 4 out of 5. I give it this based on its overall gameplay falling a little short in variety to me, but keep in mind that leaves plenty of room for them to eventually improve on the game.
Wreckfest's traditional structure helps its destruction-centric emphasis feel uniquely mischievous, whilst also highlighting its impressive simulative physics and challenging AI drivers. This choice of framework also draws more direct connections with Destruction Derby, the classic title it successfully channels. With that said, given how explosive Bugbear Entertainment's creative spark was within its series FlatOut, it could be argued that it is a tad too pre-occupied with being a spiritual successor. It might have benefited from a more expansive, outlandish DNA and structure. However, despite these minor reservations, plus the title's drawn-out development, Wreckfest is undeniably brilliant and refreshing. It features addictive, quick-burst gameplay, particularly gorgeous visuals and sound, not to mention surprisingly detailed car physics and handling models, especially when using a wheel. Moreover, its damage model is truly something to behold. Wreckfest establishes an intriguing niche, combing sim-based physics with arcade-spirited destruction and chaos. It's a real gem.
Wreckfest is a game that brings back memories to those who have experienced the destruction and fun of Destruction Derby, and does it very well. Reviving the memorable struggles to survive the shattering arenas and crazy races where not always coming first was what really mattered. THQ Nordic and Bugbear have brought to the present the nostalgia for a memorable game from the past with present technologies, online multiplayer gaming and current graphics. The game still needs to work some details, but nothing that undermines the fun and satisfaction of destroying other cars in a wrecking arena.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
Bugbears latest release might not be flawless, but it's certainly a unique entry in racing genre. Surely some issues like not so good music, long loading times and weak user interface are somehow annoying, but when compared to positives, you will not mind them. Wreckfest might not offer the same amount of humor that we saw in the earlier Flatout games, but it has a lot to say, especially when it comes to online gaming.
Review in Persian | Read full review
Wreckfest isn’t the greatest racing game ever made, but it’s filled a niche it excels at. Everything about it focuses your attention on the finite moments of utter chaos and straddles the line between arcade fun and simulation. It wants you to be reckless and doesn’t burn you for it.
While Wreckfest is technically a simulation racer, it isn't concerned with accurate engine tweaking or proper racing lines, and it's all the better for it. Glitches aside, the focus on vehicular carnage makes for a fulfilling racing experience.
Wreckfest is a magnificent driving chaos. A fun game regardless of the outcome of each race with excellent physics and a progressive destruction system that should be patented.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
Wreckfest is a solid product. It is fun, has a good amount of content, gives to the player a wide range of personalization and it is visually great. Because of that, even though it doesn't offer something that we haven't seen before, we recommend it for every player that likes the off-road and demolition genres.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
Wreckfest is a fantastic game that does everything right with demolition derbies and special events, but most of the experience in the form of demolition races isn't as good besides long loading screens that kill the enthusiasm to even choose an event.
Review in Arabic | Read full review
Wreckfest may feature some lackluster racing, but its dynamic vehicle deformation is so dazzling that it almost doesn't matter. Barreling across tracks that gradually fill with automotive debris, or jumping into a demo derby to wreak some havoc yourself, serve to fulfill a destruction-fueled niche that knows no equal on consoles.
Wreckfest for consoles is a fun arcade racing that lacks the technical polishing and diversity of the car selection. Smash opponents into the trash and preserve a car is not easy, but really fun. Detailed damage physics with entourage create an interesting atmosphere of racing for survival. Therefore, fans of the original FlatOut can safely buy it, but better after the patches that will fix bugs with endless loading. In this case, you can raise the final score by one point.
Review in Russian | Read full review
If you're looking to bring destruction and pandemonium to motorsports, Wreckfest will suit your needs to a tee. The experience is let down by technical grievances far too often, but what's left after the fact is more than worth your time.
Wreckfest is at its best when you don't take it too seriously. It features a great handling model that's sufficiently deep and rewarding to master. The wild and dirty races tend to be quite enjoyable too. Of course, the chaos can sometimes become frustrating. There are few things worse than getting knocked off the track at the last possible moment. It's even more agonizing when it's not entirely your fault. Those who persevere, despite the occasional bout of unfairness, will get a lot of mileage out of this.
Anyone who can relate to the thrill of witnessing and narrowly avoiding catastrophically beautiful pile ups between opponents in games like GRID, MotorStorm, Burnout, or even Destruction Derby back in the day is guaranteed to have a blast.
But, for now, 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.
Surely the game will have their admirers who would like to see such more serious races on the roads, but those who are hungry for undiluted adrenaline gamers will quickly get bored.
Review in Russian | Read full review