ferry;;sadhonker;;adams;;carmageddon;;reincarnation;;racing;;race;;destruction;;driving;;blood;;violence;;stainless Ferry "Sadhonker" Adams


By Ferry "Sadhonker" Adams on May 28, 2015

It's time to go back to my youth. I'm seventeen again and don't have a care in the world, except for one... Much like nowadays, 1997 had one major flaw; there never seemed to be enough hours in any given day to joyfully while away by playing video games. Especially considering there were a butt-load of videogames to choose from. Yes, 1997 was a good year to be a handsome young gamer. Ok granted, I made up the handsome part, but you get my meaning...

One of the games I played back then caused an international uproar. It was criticized for being too violent and too gory. It was even banned in some countries and censored in others. The game I'm referring to is, of course, Carmageddon; an action-packed vehicular free-for-all in which destroying your opponents and hitting pedestrians were your two main goals. You could try to win a race by blazing through checkpoints, but hell, who would want that when there's tons of wanton destruction to be had?!

If you take this into account, you can imagine my exhilaration when I heard that Stainless Games were going to reboot this classic series and release a brand new installment, Carmageddon: Reincarnation. Well my friends, that time has come at last! Finally, I'm back behind the wheel of one of many motorized steel machines of death, revving my engines and causing destruction and mayhem wherever I go. Pedestrians beware, Carmageddon is back!

Carmageddon: reincarnation is a grand reimagining of the 1997 original, complete with familiar as well as new features. Your main objectives are: win the race (again, who does that?), destroy your opponents (now you're talking), chase through randomly spawned checkpoints (a lot of fun) or flatten every pedestrian that is either brave or dumb enough to walk the streets (Splatter bonus!). To achieve one of these goals, you are given control of a fuel-guzzling monster of destruction. By destroying opponents, you expand your choice of vehicles. Every vehicle is upgradable by using upgrade tokens you collect throughout the various stages. Wheter it's power, armor or weaponry you want, you've got it! Just as long as you remember to pick up upgrade tokens whenever you spot them.

To complete each stage, you are given a limited amount of time. But don't fret, the time you have can be expanded by damaging other cars, running over pedestrians or simply destroying everything in your path. So the more mayhem you cause, the more time you'll have to cause this destruction in... See where I'm going with this? My advice to anyone playing this game would be to wreck as much stuff as possible, giving you more time to wreck even more stuff. It's a system that just keeps on giving!

Another thing that just keeps on giving are the power-ups. Some are reworked versions of their 1997 counterparts, while others are brand new. But old or new, they are all amusing and above all destructively fun! Yes, you could just smash into your opponents and watch them slide backwards for a short while, but wouldn't it be much more fun to watch them being catapulted into the sky, where they crash into buildings for extra damage? Sure it would! And you can all rejoice, because the power-ups are back in Reincarnation. This is something I personally hoped for, and thought necessary to make a decent Carmageddon game. I mean, come on! Is there anybody among you that can imagine Carmageddon without these amazing abilities?!

"Is there no end to the endless list of features in this game", I hear you ask. Well, there might be, it's just that I haven't found it yet! Every corner you turn brings both old and new exciting characters, bonuses, tracks and game modes. Carmageddon: Reincarnation offers a wide variety of modes to choose from. Or as Stainless Games put it theirselves: "Play Classic Carma game modes against the new improved AI opponents, online against the rest of the Carmafan masses, or on the couch with your mates! Classic Carmageddon mode, Fox and Hounds (always been Stainless MP game session favourite!), Car Crusher etc., plus the odd mode you’ve never played before..." I don't wish to spoil the surprise here, so I'll just advise you to try it for yourselves. Play by yourself, invite your friends over or mangle total strangers online, it doesn't matter . And if you pull off that one amazing stunt or splatter streak, you can always watch it over and over again with the instant Action-Replay-System feature that is built into the game. You can even share your movies with your friends or the entire rest of the internet-browsing world and claim your ticket to eternal fame... or at least your 30 seconds of fame.

Visually, Carmageddon: Reincarnation is (as is to be expected) a huge step forward. The cars look fantastic, as do the environments. When you plough through a mob of pedestrians the splatter effects are spot on. So basically, you get the same great feeling of destruction you had in 1997, it just looks a hell of a lot better! The soundtrack is also still up to par; Fear Factory's 'Zero Signal' is still the games intro tune and the rest of the in-game music thrashes like hell! Being an long-time, avid fan of metal music in general, this is something I can truly appreciate. I just can't imagine driving right through my opponents while some lame R&B or pop music dribbles from my speakers. No sir, screeching guitars and pounding drums are exactly what the doctor subscribed!

So there you have it; although I might have gotten quite a bit older since 1997, and some people may even go so far as to say I've gotten somewhat milder over the years, I still like to smash shit up! There's tons of online and offline fun to be had in Carmageddon: Reincarnation, so what's stopping you. Whether you are as old as I am and just want to relive the glory days of yore, or you're new to the art of blood-splattered vehicular combat, Carmageddon: Reincarnation is big, bold and definitely worth a try!

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Stainless Games
May 21, 2015