Wreckfest Review on Xbox One

Smoke is pouring out of the exhaust, the engine rumbles as you press the accelerator, and the tires squeal as you peel out and head towards the nearest car. Then it happens, the loud sound of metal crashing into metal, the twisting of the chassis as the car plows into a wall. All of this and you have only been in the race for about twenty seconds. This is our Xbox One Wreckfest review.

Developed by Bugbear Entertainment and published by THQ Nordic comes a new racing game that packs a punch, Wreckfest. It has been referred to as a cross between FlatOut, 1989’s Street Rod, and Destruction Derby. The thing I like most about this game is that it has not only multiplayer modes that you can play in, but it also has a single-player career mode. Add in the DLC that you can buy and the ability to upgrade your cars and buy new ones, and we have a game that deserves to be looked at.
There are several modes that you can enter into for multiplayer. Normal races, deathmatches, and more. You can queue in for specific types of matches or you can enter a random queue and it will take you for one of the wildest racing rides of your life. The single-player career mode helps you to level up your character with experience points which allows you to unlock new levels of gear. You also earn cash so that you can buy new cars to destroy on the race track. It’s not just the cars that can be destroyed either. The race tracks have destructible pieces as well. Everything from the block, the tires, the cones is moveable and destructible and your cars will show the after-effects as well.

Career mode is more of the same, but slightly different. There are league type levels that you will go through to progress. The more points you earn from completing races and challenges, the further you will be able to go into your career. There are some fun aspects to this too. One of the first challenges is wrecking people on lawnmowers. I won’t lie, this was one of the craziest and most entertaining events I have ever played in a racing game. On the more mundane side, you can also race school buses, semi-trucks, and even a combine. You will earn more money and more experience for each event you finish. You also earn experience points by wrecking opponents or even just hitting them in a way to damage them.

Some of the race tracks that you will be on are nuts as well. The figure-eight tracks are especially daunting on your vehicle as you try to dodge traffic coming through the intersections. If you can’t avoid the traffic, well, let’s just say that you will probably not survive long. If you wreck, you lose. On top of all of this, the type of car you use and the types of customizations you make to those vehicles will make the races more exciting as well. If you have a double-decker car or some extra body modifications, you can make those mean machines even meaner.

Note: Our copy was reviewed on the Xbox One X with a code provided by PR.

Overall, Wreckfest is a very fun game, and it is very simple to pick up the controller and just play. There are no rules in these races, and that means you have the freedom to go wild on your opponents. Be careful though, you will damage your car in the process. Coming in at USD 39.99, this is an affordable game available on Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. With everything you can do in this game, it really could have been priced at the normal triple-a title price of 60 USD. I for one am happy to see it set as low as it is. See you on the track racers.
  • Easy to learn controls
  • Real-to-life wreck mechanics
  • Affordable
  • Some multiplayer game modes take a while to get into
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Long time game enthusiast and writer. I have beta tested a lot of Mmorpg's since I was thirteen including Star Wars Galaxies, Lord of the Rings Online, and Star Wars The Old Republic. Currently attending The Art Institute of Pittsburgh for a degree in Game Art and Technology.

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