Review: Wreckfest (Steam)

Wreckfest is a demolition derby themed racing game with soft-body damage modeling, sophisticated driving dynamics and in-depth vehicle upgrading, featuring both demolition derbies and more traditional track races. It’s all about fun, breakneck racing and over-the-top crashes.

Pros:

  • Fantastic graphics with a high level of detail.
  • 13785MB Download size.
  • 32 or 64 Bit choice upon launch.
  • Graphics- Resolution, Aspect ratio, Refresh rate, MSAA, Particles, Grass, Texture, Reflections, Shadows, v-sync, Windowed, and anisotropy. Has an overall graphic drop-down box.
  • Network options- Server update frequency and client prediction time.
  • Controller support.
  • Can rebind keys.
  • The game actually restarts if it needs to. (Graphics settings)
  • Three modes- Career, Custom and online.
  • Overall player rank. Earn EXP from playing.
  • Realistic handling. Each car handles very differently.
  • Two damage models- Normal and realistic.
  • Controller options- Deadzone, Sensitivity sliders.
  • Full photo mode with filters zooms etc.
  • Level up to unlock cars and items for your car.
  • Garage- Paint, Tune, Upgrade and buy cars.
  • Deep customization options and each part can be upgraded, Adjust handling, Suspension, and brakes.
  • Preview new parts before buying them, Shows stats change.
  • Rock soundtrack.
  • Runs really well even on my i5 970 setups.
  • Each career race has bonus optional targets for extra loot.
  • Career- Play events and earn stars to unlock more events. Five championships to unlock.
  • FOV slider.
  • Bonus EXP can be earned by attacking your opponent like spinning them out or causing damage.
  • Over 20 racing locations and bowls.
  • MP- Server browser, Create lobby with full control like race settings and passwords.
  • Full mod/Steam workshop support.
  • Few racing modes- Demolition derby, Banger racing and demolition racing.
  • Game types for online/custom are deathmatch, TDM, and the last man standing.
  • Superb engine noises.
  • Pure chaos.
  • Well designed tracks with jumps, turns, and routes.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Over 20 vehicles to unlock.
  • Online Leaderboards.
  • Excellent fun.
  • Online is pure mayhem.
  • Destruction on the track from tire walls to signs and fences.

Cons:

  • Long frequent load times.
  • Music is not for everyone.
  • No minimap in game.
  • Small text in places.
  • Dodgy AI at times.
  • Controls always default to keyboard even when using the pad.
  • Lackluster end of race screens.
  • No commentary or shout outs.
  • Lacks trading cards.
  • Paint jobs standard is very basic.
  • You need to click every item in menus as hovering over them does nothing.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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