Release Date: August 3rd, 2012
Developer: CornFox & Brothers Limited, Mountain Sheep Inc
Publisher: Remedy Entertainment
Platform: [Reviewed: PC]
Rated: M for Mature
Price: 9.99 USD
Let’s get straight into the meat of this sandwich. Death Rally is instantly a timeless classic. Most of us may remember the original that came out several console generations ago. The extreme satisfaction of a demo-derby nothing sort of flirtation with death has never been better.
The game starts you off with the protagonist cutting a one-sided deal with the local law enforcement. You have been caught tearing up the streets and pulling some wreck-less rallying of your own. You are at the mercy of the police chief so there really is no choice here. It’s up to you to be an inside man and gain respect and fame in hopes of drawing “The Adversary” out of hiding.
There is also another character, the Shadow Man, that will let you try upgrades and even sabotage opponents at the cost of some of your winnings. Dealing with the Shadow Man is completely optional however. In this game, there are plenty of courses to choose from, bosses to outwit, and goodies to collect in every race. When you are done playing around in single-player, you can hop online and battle your friends!
There is a small collection of cars to choose from but most of them seem pretty balanced and fair. The stats and weapon upgrade feature is very simplistic but thoughtful. After every race you use your reward money to upgrade Speed, Handling, Armor, and weapons. New weapons can be acquired by killing enemies in races and picking up their scrap parts. When you get enough parts, you get a brand new weapon or gadget.
One thing gamers may not like is that after each race, the car does not repair itself. Many times you can find yourself draining your winnings just to repair your car. This fact however could prove to be a two sided opinion. Now that you know you have to pay to fix your car, maybe that will make you more careful and skillful in your gameplay; this honestly seems to be the approach taken.
Graphics are pretty standard and maps do seem to be pretty basic in geometry. Once you get to examining you will realize that some quality is lacking. Its also uncertain to what extent the graphic’s rendering is optimized. This game was reviewed playing on the Extreme setting at first but a lot of hitches ensued. Playing in High, however showed no issue. This is strange as the testing machine has played more demanding games at higher graphics qualities. As insignificant this may seem, it is noteworthy.
This game is an easy sell at $10 when you consider the fact the gameplay is massively addictive and there are 87 Steam achievements to keep you busy for a while. The only real downside is that a game-pad controller is absolutely crucial to have. Just like Super Meat Boy, this is just one of those games where the keyboard cannot cut it. Sure, you can map the keys but good luck not driving into a wall.
Haven’t heard of Death Rally before? Here is your time to try it out for size. I think its well within bounds to say that there are some games that people should not bother remaking. Death Rally is one of those games that would be a mistake not to remake and release to this generation of gamers. Death Rally is some crazy addictive fun that is just hard to come by these days for $10 flat. If you are a fan of racing games and enjoy a little out of your seat action, Death Race is a sure win for your money spent.
Replay ability: 5/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5