Classic games often make a comeback these days with the games of yesteryear popping up on every conceivable format imaginable. The problem with all of these classics being remade is that a lot of times they lose focus from the original and tend to receive hatred from loyal fanbases. Will Death Rally fall under this category or will this be one remake that holds up to the original game?
Long ago in 1996, Remedy Entertainment was a fledgling company with little in its games portfolio. This was a time before Alan Wake and before Max Payne. There was one big game however, that game was Death Rally. Death Rally was a top-down racer/car combat game that was purely fun. Here we are today 16 years later and Death Rally has been revived on iOS last year and PC this year with multiplayer support as well as a single player campaign. So let’s take a look at how Death Rally stacks up today!
For those of you who haven’t experienced Death Rally before, it’s a very fun blend of car combat and racing. You can either try to outrun your opponents or destroy them so you don’t have to worry about them anymore. Your weapons can be upgraded and you can use different cars to try and complete each race with the more money that you get from winning those races. The garage ends up being your hub and this is where you’ll be upgrading your death machine with new weapons to destroy your opponents with. You can find weapons scattered throughout levels or by destroying your opponents, the more opponents you destroy the faster you can upgrade your weaponry.
The armory in the game is pretty standard. You have a basic machine gun that fires at whatever may be in front of you but, it’s very weak and won’t take care of any enemies on its own. Eventually you do earn more powerful weapons such as shotguns, snipers, drop mines, and more. You can also earn upgrades to your vehicle like a bumper that will do damage to anyone you run into. These upgrades are absolutely imperative to your success so you should definitely be searching for them whenever you get a chance.
The race tab is very well put together and it really makes things very easy to navigate. You can view all of you stats and different things about the race to keep track of which races you’re best at. There’s a bunch of different races and tracks and you even have different events to complete so things don’t become to repetitive. These consist of things like deathmatches and weapon specific events. After you finish a race, you get a quick summary of how you did during the race and how many enemies you destroyed, you’ll also see the amount of cash you earned for that race. The cash you earn will be used to upgrade your car or to repair it before the next race which is a necessary requirement unless you’re an elite player. You can also upgrade your vehicles speed, armor, and handling as you please or just use the auto button if you’re in a hurry.
There’s a story mode but, it’s rather short and quite frustrating in the beginning. There isn’t much of a narrative but, there is a cool comic cell type intro. The multiplayer is what you’d expect, there are some very good players and some that are just starting out. From what I could tell, it worked fairly well and I can see myself spending a lot of time playing with friends and against people worldwide, that’s what Death rally was made for!
There’s controller support for either the Xbox 360 controller or a regular PC controller which is a welcome addition considering I was finding it a bit difficult to play with a keyboard. The graphics look very good for a top-down game and the physics seem pretty good as well. I did find that the cars went a little fast for my liking which caused a few spin-outs on my part but, that’s not a huge issue.
This game is definitely one worth taking a chance on, it is definitely worth the $9.99 price point that it’s been set at. You can spend hours collecting upgrade parts on rolling through the campaign. There are 8 cars to unlock and multiple upgrades to keep you busy along with the numerous different types of races and the online multiplayer mode. You can’t go wrong with Death Rally, this is an example of a game that is simply fully focused on being enjoyable and is a great ode to the classic game of the same name. Go download this!
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes. Death Rally is available for $9.99 on Steam.