Wheels-of-Destruction-Review---PSN Wheels of Destruction Review - PSN

   10/04/2012 at 09:58       Flying_Pig       2 COMMENTS. - Score 2/5
 - Wheels of Destruction, Racing Combat, Online Multiplayer, PSN, Deathmatch, Death Race

Some games hold their best features back until later in the game, slowly dripping-feeding you them, while others show you their full repertoire within the first hour. Wheels of Destruction, from new boys Gelid Games, is very much one of the latter. After just an hour’s play, you’ve already seen everything the game has to offer.

Set in a post-apocalyptic future, WoD is an arena-based vehicle combat game, pitting you against various opponents in one of 5 arenas as you drive and blast your way to victory. The focus of WoD is very much on multiplayer. And while there is a single player game here; your rivals are bland, characterless bots, acting as a proxy for ‘real life’ opponents. To make matters worse, online multiplayer was fairly devoid of any other players.

Each game consists of 12 players and game modes are limited to Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Capture the Flag. Players are offered a range of 5 vehicles possessing a near-future military look, ranging from the touch-but-slow Truck, to the nimble-but-flimsy Scout.

Each arena is set in one of 5 former cities: London, Paris, Rome, Seattle and Tokyo. These range from fairly decent (Paris) to massively over-complicated (London and Tokyo). While Gelid games has attempted to add some variety into these levels – Seattle is icy, Paris is surrounded by trees – it all feels a little obvious and has no impact on the gameplay itself.

Gameplay-wise, WoD is solid. The handling of the 5 vehicles is responsive and each feels different from the next. Combat is competent and satisfying, but with only 4 weapons, quickly loses its sparkle.

Surprisingly, for a game so focussed on multiplayer gaming, WoD offers players no reward or progression for winning. Nothing is opened up or unlocked as you play, resulting in a lack of incentive to keep playing. Win or lose, you’re simply offered the choice of replaying the same arena again, or return to the main menu to start again.

Overall, Wheels of Destruction is a below-par entry into this under-populated genre. It lacks any originality or innovation, and is rather dull as a result. The lack of any depth or sense of progress within the game, further adds to a sense that you’ve seen everything the game has to offer after the first hour.

Perhaps, playing online with a group of friends would be a blast, but based on my experiences and compared to some of the amazing games now available on the PlayStation Store, it’s one to give a miss.

 

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HairyArse - on 10/04/2012 at 09:59 wrote:
 
Bad timing what with this coming out around the same time as the new Twisted Metal. :Z
 

peej - on 10/04/2012 at 10:11 wrote:
 
Must admit you had my attention right up till you said "arena based combat game"

Ack, if only someone would take a look at Interstate '76's method of splicing missions and combat into an RPG-esque scenario that's as deep and satisfying to play now as it was back in the 90s. Games like this are ten a penny (in fact the PSN store is particularly rife with stuff like this and other soulless racers that haven't a hope in hell against bigger names). Good review but sounds like a real sucky game.
 


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