Conclusion: And that sums it up. Fuel Overdose is a game full of wrong turns. From art direction to gameplay, lacking story to lacking track design, it’s a game that never really finds its way to anything that even resembles mediocrity.
Excerpt: Fuel Overdose is a crazy, ambitious game that I will probably always hold a certain degree of respect for. Unfortunately, it reaches a little too far outside of the box for its capabilities, and falls short of being something special. Instead it will forever be the game that, if discovered, will inspire little more of a reaction than “what the heck is this?
Pros: A uniquely-bizarre mashup of many things you wouldn’t expect to see together
Cons: Glaring mechanical flaws get in the way at times, empty multiplayer
Excerpt: In theory, a car combat game that blends a bit of Twisted Metal with RC Pro Am should be fairly foolproof. You’ve got two concepts that work well enough on their own to provide a lot of fun times for players, and can combine two completely different gameplay setups that blend fairly well together – as seen in games like Rock ‘n Roll Racing and Karnaaj Rally.
Summary: Fuel Overdose is a game that looks quite good on paper. It has a neat concept, and several good ideas. However, it doesn’t live up to its potential in any sense of the word. It is a bland, annoying, buggy mess with only the occasional fun moment to reward the player for the time put in. While it’s not impossible to like this game, it makes it incredibly hard.
Excerpt: Even if there is some fun to be had playing co-op (and the lack of online co-op at launch is a disappointment), Double Dragon: Neon is a shallow, sluggish beat-‘em-up. Nostalgia alone isn’t enough to make a game good, or even memorable.
Conclusion: Fuel is a game that we desperately wanted to like, but the lack of connection that you feel between your vehicle and the environment leaves the experience feeling a tad stale. There should have been spectacular impacts, mud spraying from your wheels, tracks carved into the dirt and more importantly, there should have been genuinely interesting, exciting features to uncover within the vast, sprawling game world.