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by Robert on August 17th 2017
I got have expected with this game, but I was really hoping that I would get a little more. The controls are still clunky, the steering is frustrating, but everything else is pretty much what you expected. It is a great game to play where you just switch your brain off and play. If you are expecting something more indepth, keep looking, this is not the game you are looking for. If you want to relive your childhood, its worth it.
by Stuart on September 12th 2016
The only thing this has going for it is - possibly - a sense of nostalgia for those who played the earlier incarnations of the Carmageddon franchise. Beyond that, there are few positives to find. Yes, the game's resurrection on next-gen consoles has seen a bit of a graphical overhaul to earlier versions, though you will hardly think you are playing a gory version of Forza or Project Cars. That in itself is not necessarily a bad thing - good visuals do not by any estimation equate to a good gameplay experience. I could possibly even tolerate the poor driving aspects of the gameplay, if it were not for the fact that it is married to several other abysmal gameplay aspects.
For some reason, in designing this modern-day reboot of the classic franchise, SCi have, to some extent eschewed the classic Carma formula of pedestrian-mowing mayhem, relegating it to some 20-25% of the overall gameplay to accommodate what amounts to a series of "capture the flag"-style game modes. This may not necessarily be a bad thing in itself, except such gameplay modes demand decent driving simulation to accommodate swift manoeuvrability and changes of direction - and Max Damage's driving sim could be put to shame by most racing games on the iPad. Put simply, Carmageddon has become too much of a driving game for such bad driving gameplay to be permissible.
This horrendous driving experience, combined by the horrendously repetitive level structures and woefully long load times (particularly for such an unsophisticated game) means the game swiftly becomes a chore and only tolerable for short play sessions (a far cry from the hours I racked up in the original game in my teens). My heart sank when I peeked ahead in the "chapters" of the game and saw that they went all the way up to Chapter 16, when I was yet to start Chapter 5.
If you played the earlier versions of the game and want to relive those times of your life, you may be better served picking up these versions on Steam for a few bucks. This modern iteration has been developed badly in all the wrong aspects and too many critical elements have been left unattended to.
by Lance on July 17th 2016
If you liked the original game, Max Damage might be worth checking out. It even has some of the exact same level design. It's just dumb fun, but don't expect much. For better or worse, this franchise is still stuck in the late 90s.
The controls are still awful, the AI is some of the worst you'll ever experience in a car combat game, loading times can take up to a minute, and the graphics are absolutely awful.
The new 'Ped Chase' mode is really fun though!
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