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Wreckfest Review

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Posted: 7 weeks ago, last updated 5 weeks ago.

Author: Thom Robertson and @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

Wreckfest is a racing game where you aim to destroy other people's cars. It focuses on demolition modes with classic American muscle cars and other unusual vehicles. Rather than racing, this is a physical challenge with cars crammed onto a small track, bumping and battling it out to get to first place.

Along with survival races on tracks, in demolition mode you aim to be the last car standing in an arena brawl. Wreckfest models the physics of the cars, impacts and damage accurately to not only display the state of things, but to adjust performance of your vehicle as it loses traction, gears and body parts.

The three modes in Wreckfest are career, multiplayer and custom events. In Career you win races to earn currency to spend on customisations, upgrades and repairs to keep your beaten-up car going. Multiplayer mode is played online friends, in demolition derby style. Finally, custom events give you the freedom to pick a course, duration, types of cars, opponents and modes.

DetailsGame Details

Rating:

Release Date: 14/06/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Racing

Developer: @BugBearGames

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 10 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round of this game.
 
Players: You can play this with 16 players online. You're able to play with up to 16 people online, given that the chosen mode supports that, guaranteeing some hilarious and competitive gameplay.

CostsCosts

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. Some of these purchases (known as 'loot boxes') are for a chance of getting rare/higher-value items although common/lower-value items are more frequent. These in-game purchases also offer a regular subscription fee (known as a 'battle/season pass') to unlock access to reward items and other aspects of the game.  

You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One.
 
You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to create, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 4. Additional content for Wreckfest includes:
  • Season Pass 1 - 20 new cars the Bandit Ripper V8, 20 roof decorations and a Car customization pack with new armour, rims and more.

Packs included in the Season Pass 1 can also be purchased individually:
  • Rusty Rats Car Pack - Raiden RS car.
  • Goofy Roofs Pack - 20 new items including hats, rockets and explosives.
  • Steel & Wheels Pack - Heavy Armour: Bumpers, Side Protectors, Roll cages and Wheels, Exhausts and Spoilers.
  • Banger Racing Car Pack - 3 cars: Hearse, Stock and Sweeper car.
  • Retro Rammers Car Pack - 3 cars: Wingman, Buggy and Bumper car.
  • Backwoods Bangers Car Pack - 3 cars: Outlaw, Hornet and Honey Pot car.
  • Modified Monsters Car Pack - 5 cars: Monster Truck, Military Pickup Truck, Dragstar, Mini and Pig Car.
  • American All-Stars Car Pack - 3 cars: Grand Duke, Wild King and Little thrasher.

Packs included in the Season Pass 2 can also be bought individually:
  • Getaway Car Pack - 3 cars: Bullet, Razor and Cardinal.
  • Racing Heroes Car Pack - 3 cars: Raven, Stellar and Speedy.
  • Reckless Car Pack - 3 cars: Gorbie, Blade and Stepvan.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 12 for Violence.

ESRB TEEN for Mild Violence and Mild lyrics. You slam into opponents to cause car damage and to perform takedowns of opponents' vehicles. Players are rewarded for crashes, spin outs, and extra damage inflicted on vehicles. Takedowns can cause drivers to be hurled from their vehicles and thrown into the air (i.e., ragdoll physics); human bodies sometimes remain on racetracks and arena floors, as vehicles drive over them. Song lyrics contain brief allusions to drugs (e.g., "...live high for a while/Indulging in synthetic opulence"; "No way out. You're a drug. Someone help.") and violence ("Lay a finger on my friend and I'll/make your death look like an accident")


Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.


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