Smash n Survive Review (PS3)
Smash and Survive is a Twisted Metal type of game brought to us by Version2Games. Competing with the new game in that series is a big ask, but with some nice looking cars with a variety of strengths and weaknesses as well as a array of weaponry attached, this game throws you into a comparable arena of destruction.
The games follows a (sort of) story line. I say “sort of” as it’s basically weak. The jist is you complete a training mode and you become one of the Necromancers. Now your arch rivals are a gang called the Hooligans. Why? Who knows. Hence the weak story.
As you progress through each mission you win bounty. With this you can purchase better and stronger and faster cars. Each car looks amazing, like it came straight from The Fast and the Furious. Each car though has its own weapon attached. It’s almost like its a mix of Robot wars vs destruction derby. Cars with flame throwers, cars with armored bumpers and even flippers to toss cars about are but a few examples. As for the arenas you fight in, they look pretty basic but can be fun as you can use the environment to your advantage. You can take out supporting walls that allow the roofs to collapse or even the traps built in such as flame throwers on the ground or conveyor belts that lead to gain crushers to lure cars into.
The game gives you some different game modes such as survival, plant or diffuse the bomb, item pick up, escort, or the destruction derby as I like to call it when it’s your gang up against the the gang of Hooligans. The game also has a two player mode to it on the one console so you can go up against a mate.
Did I like it? I’m still on the fence. The heavy metal song that goes with it is great, but then it becomes irritating and repetitive. This would benefit from a online multiplayer but that may still to come with a update of DLC. The controls can take a bit of getting used to as I found it difficult to line up those kill shots with whatever type of weapon I was using at the time, and I think that when the cars collide and take damage it could look a lot better showing you the specific damage being taken by specific weapons such as gouges on the metal when rammed with a piercing flipper. Finally if your looking for a racing component this game isn’t for you. Its a bit of limited but enjoyable fun, so maybe a sequel could add some depth and improve the basic gameplay. Take a look at the trailer and you’ll have a better idea if its for you.
5 smashy crashy cars smashing and crashing out of 10