Reviews and Problems with Destruction Derby Arenas
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Game Freaks 365
22 September 2005
Excerpt: Destruction Derby Arenas theoretically puts you behind the wheel of a Ã¢â‚¬Å“supercharged wrecking ball of American muscleÃ¢â‚¬?. On paper, the concept might sound appealing, but in actuality, the game is executed poorly in nearly all departments, except graphical aspects.
Excerpt: If you're old enough to remember when the original Playstation was $299, then chances are you'll remember the original Destruction Derby. That game featured lousy graphics, a bad framerate, and poor controls, but being able to destroy cars and watch parts (usually about two polygons) fly off was enough to look past the technical limitations of the game. Now, in 2004 Destruction Derby Arenas (DDA) attempts to recreate the original experience, and it almost does.
Conclusion: The Championship mode suffers from one big flaw, which is its difficulty and length. You can probably breeze through the entire Championship mode in less than two hours. There really is no reason to play through the Championship mode a second time. The AI also contributes to the demise of the Championship mode. The AI drives as if it has no regard for anything on the road. You’ll see multi car collisions quite frequently because of the idiotic AI.
Excerpt: Had a long day at work because your boss decided to take all your co-workers golfing except you? You're always running late in the morning and the lady at Dunkin Donuts never gets your cream and sugar right? Your favorite TV show got interrupted by a "CBS Special Report?" The dog ate the entire final draft of your term paper and your printer is fresh out of ink? Rumor has it your girlfriend has a crush on the school bully?
Excerpt: The Destruction Derby series has been around for years, and it's always been a well-liked set of games. The series got its start back on the PlayStation and Saturn in 1996. Over the years, it's evolved a bit, but for better or for worse, it's stayed pretty close to its roots. Destruction Derby Arenas is the latest entry, developed by the UK's Studio 33 and published in the States by Gathering.
Excerpt: In a world of fear and terror, life is far from being safe and fun. A sad, yet undeniable, fact which keeps our spirits constantly rather low. But let’s not fill ourselves with despair and waste our lives away - there is always a bit of hope left at the bottom of Pandora’s charming box.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Destruction Derby Arenas is destined for the bargain bin in the near future, so if you simply must have it (though we'd be at a loss to see why) you'd be best advised to wait until then.
Conclusion: The overall feeling I get with DDA is disappointment - with its unremarkable looks, vague handling and physics it seems a pale imitation of its more illustrious and better-advertised forebears, and as a PS2 online game it fails to excite or impress.
Pros: Ummm… you can smash cars up a bit? (with friends).
Cons: Not a good-looking game, and it has frame rate problems., A general lack of graphical polish., No feeling of impact., Low detail cars and not enough damage modelling., We don't like the tracks or the silly futuristic WWE-style setting.
Summary: Destruction Derby Arenas takes a drastic sidestep from the PSOne titles which built a solid fanbase; while fans may be disappointed, there’s still a fun game to be had. Unfortunately it’s lacking in depth and content, so is definitely worth a rent before purchase.