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Carmageddon: Max Damage review

Back in 1999, when Sony had the grey block of plastic that was the first Playstation, a controversial Ubisoft title called Carmageddon was released & I bust a gut to get my hands on it. If you know anything about how the game is played, you’ll know that after recent events, I’ll probably be skipping over a few features of the game.

Carmageddon: Max Damage kicks you off with a simple menu, and there are a few humorous touches contained within it. This echoes the original PC release and indeed, the layout on screen in the game hasn’t changed that much at all. If you’re a retro-gamer, then this will no doubt be welcome news. If you’re expecting something new from Carmageddon Max Damage, then you’re looking in the wrong garage I’m afraid.

True to the original releases, the game takes you through various apocalyptic locations in order to race five other nutters in heavily modified killing machines. You can complete these missions by either finishing all of the laps before the other players, completing the set task before all the other players, wreck all of the other players or splatter all of the ‘peds’.

The campaign missions start with an incredible loading time. This is repeated throughout the game if I’m honest. Given the fact that the graphics aren’t much better than the Playstation version, the extended loading times are baffling.

CarmageddonOf the game modes, and there are a few, the most fun are the wreck ‘em and straight races. There’s a satisfaction to out-racing the other nutters on the grid or smashing them into the flaming wreck that will sometimes allow you to steal their points, laps or kills. The racing is pretty straightforward, although car control is somewhat hit and miss. You’ll find yourself fishtailing on more than one occasion. I find that I can forgive this a little though as this isn’t a full-on simulator and more of an arcade racer.

There are also some other ways to complete the missions. When the title was first released, there was some controversy over the blatant killing of ‘peds’. This got to the stage where the developers had to change the blood colour in order to make the game feel less realistic. Such restrictions aren’t on Carmageddon Max Damage and the gore increases with the introduction of another game mode where you have to reach a specific number of kills. These are located in various places around the arena levels and activate themselves in sequence.

Like that game mode, there is a mode where you have to hit a specific number of checkpoints before everyone else. These, like the ‘peds’ mode, appear in random points around the arena levels. This in itself is fairly random, but ultimately incredibly frustrating. This is because you find yourself having to make your way over to another side of the arena, only to have a rival steal the checkpoint from under your nose due to a lack of vehicle control. You then find that the next checkpoint appears as far away from your current location as possible. It’s a very frustrating mode.

CarmageddonThe AI on the campaign mode is also baffling. Sometimes your opponent will completely ignore trying to race or even trying to wreck you and will barrel off happily into the distance, trying in vain to knock off all the ‘peds’. Some will even seem to attempt to complete the course backwards.

Carmageddon Max damage not only offers a campaign though. Once you’ve played and unlocked an arena and a game mode, you can pop along to the Freeplay area and create a custom game. Here you can get yourself some real experience in how the vehicles handle, and you’ll be able to collect additional vehicles along the way by wrecking specific opponents. You’ll also get the opportunity to collect upgrade tokens and thankfully, if you’re not really into trying to figure out the best ways to improve your ride, the game has an automatic upgrade option.

There is also an online multiplayer section to hone your skills. This is a little more fun as you’ll at least have an idea of what your opponent is about to do. During the racing in any mode or mission, your car will take damage. This is indicated on-screen along with a map and the amount of laps, cars, kills and credits you’ll have collected or chalked off during the race.

The credits are particularly useful. Taking damage is generally not a good thing. This will allow you to be wrecked more easily. Tapping Y will allow you to spend credits and repair the car. Be careful though, this will also happily let you to run up a debt and affects your final score for the level, especially in the campaign. This ultimately affects how quickly you will progress through the campaign.

CarmageddonThe in-game audio introduces some trash metal to the stereo. It’s like your teenager has been introduced to punk on Spotify and thinks he can play something similar. It’s not terrible, but it’s also not the best. Finding the right volume is key here. The cars and crashes all are pretty standard. There’s nothing that hasn’t been done before. It’ll be done again in all likelihood.

Carmageddon Max Damage isn’t the leap from the original title that I’d hoped. The graphics don’t appear to have moved on much and certainly don’t feel next gen. The car controls are frustratingly ropey at best, with frequent donuts or rapid slow-down to try to get yourself back on track. The automatic switching of the camera when reversing is on the whole, unhelpful. The single-mindedness of the AI on occasion, while admirable, hampers the game to the extent where hitting B to recover, regardless of the cost, is a frequent option just to get you out of the way. Controversial as the game may be, gaming itself has progressed, and sadly, it doesn’t feel as if Carmageddon has.

Thanks to Stainless Games and Xbox for supporting TiX

Carmageddon hits us with the final ‘We Do’ video

Since E3 the team behind Carmageddon: Max Damage have hit us with even more videos in the “We Do” series. So in summary we’ve had Nuns, Caravans, Cows, Scooters, Penguins, Cyclists and even Wheelchairs, just to many video’s to put in to one post.

So sit back and relax as the nice boys and girls at Stainless Games and Sold Out Sales & Marketing have put together a little compilation of the best bits for your viewing pleasure.

Carmageddon: Max Damage is released on the 8th July, 2016 for Xbox One.

Don’t scoot off we have the next Carmageddon trailer

Stainless games and Sold Out Sales & Marketing have released number four in their trailer series for Carmageddon: Max Damage. Titled ‘We Do Scooters’, the latest episode brings the perfect mix of car carnage and elderly on mobility scooters.

So we’ve covered Caravans, Nuns, Cows and Scooters, what’s next on the hit list for Carmageddon: Max Damage, let us know your thoughts and ideas? For more information about the pre-order bonus content check out our earlier post here or take a look at the official website.

Carmageddon: Max Damage is due for release on July 8th for the Xbox One.

Are you in the mooooood for more Carmageddon

If you thought people were the only targets in Carmageddon: Max Damage, then think again. Stainless games and Sold Out Sales & Marketing have released yet another teaser trailer to get us in the moooood.  Titled We do Cows, the latest trailer brings a more bovine feel to the game, so if you are vegetarian or have a weak stomach then turn away now.

For more information about the pre-order bonus content check out our earlier post here or take a look at the official website.

Carmageddon: Max Damage is due for release on July 8th for the Xbox One.

Carmageddon: Max Damage suffers delay

Stainless Games and Sold Out Sales & Marketing have announced that Carmageddon: Max Damage will now be released on July 8th 2016 for the Xbox One. Originally due for release on the 3rd June, the new revised date is to allow the development team extra time to give the game a final polish before delivery and make sure it’s the best it can be.

It’s not all bad news though as Sold Out also announced the pre-order offer for the boxed retail edition of the game. Available from now, anyone who pre-orders Carmageddon: Max Damage will also receive the following bonus items:

  • Two extra player cars: The “Tez Eagle” and the “Iron Hawk”.
  • Four skins: Two additional paint schemes for each of the cars.
  • Digital comic: An exclusive digital download for pre-order customers, entitled, “Where Eagles Die”.

Carmageddon: Max Damage Bonus Pre-order

For those who don’t know, Carmageddon: Max Damage is the latest instalment of the popular cult racing series. Bystanders had better run for their lives as a crazed collection of speed freaks go head to head competing in a range of high-octane events. With insane PowerUps, surreal environments and many ways to win, it all adds up to endless hours of violent and hilarious fun.

Carmageddon: Max Damage will now be released on July 8th for the Xbox One. In the meantime why don’t you check out there official website for more information.

Carmageddon: Max Damage incoming on Xbox One

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Earlier today a new installment to the Carmageddon franchise was announced, Carmageddon: Max Damage. The point of this driving game is to gain as many points as possible and win the race while mowing down the local inhabitants and destroying your opponents with power ups and the sharp bits on your car. Aside from the main career mode which will have six different event types the game offers a multiplayer mode with four game types and an action replay mode so you can relive the action from any perspective. There will be more than 30 unique vehicles, over 90 power ups and 10 massive environments to use as your hunting grounds as you hunt down animals, pedestrians, cyclists, aliens and many others to get stuck on the hood of your car.

Carmageddon: Max Damage is coming to Xbox One mid 2016