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Carmageddon takes up where Speed Demon left off and goes to hell and back. Now all we need is a combination of the two. Carmageddon & guns, now that would be fun. If the Mac version sells well SCI might come out with it upgrade, delicately titled Splat Pack, with even more tracks and improved cars. So why don't you go get this game, sit down and kill a few pedestrians. It will make you feel good. Carmageddon is simply the second best Mac release ever, Marathon Infinity is the only game to top it. A must have.
Although Carmageddon is not designed for those under 17 years of age, those who are responsible enough to know that it is only a "game" will find it fun to play. Its realistic effects (in the U.S. version) are quite crisp in the high-resolution, although you'll need some fast hardware to see fluid action in full screen (without 3Dfx acceleration). We hope that a Mac version of the 3Dfx Carmageddon patch will be made available soon. I am disappointed that the CD-ROM is required in the drive in order for the game to play, even when the entire program is copied onto the hard disk. The only portion not installed (when copying the Carmageddon folder to the hard disk) is the music soundtrack. If I'm going to use up 300 MB of my hard disk for a game, I shouldn't be required to keep the CD-ROM in the drive. Still, if you can get over the violent game play and play the game for what it is (target practice), you will find it to be a truly enjoyable experience.
Speed through the course or just ram your competitors out of the contest in this bloody car race. Great graphics are offset by view angles that make it difficult to see where you're headed. Road-rage sufferers may enjoy turning cows and pedestrians into roadkill.
However, Carmageddon is a well-designed game. We don't give marks for sheer gruesomeness alone. The game is plain fun to play. It's a port from the PC so there are a few bugs, and half the world has already played the game, grown tired of it, bought add-on packs, and grown tired of those. But it's a good port and brand new to us. To make it better, by the time you read this, Carmageddon should be supported by 3Dfx 3D cards (namely TechWorks' Power 3D). Those plasma-spurting Vesuvian corpses will be quite a sight.
Carmageddon is certainly not for the faint of heart. The violent nature of the game, combined with the frequent profanity, is enough to make many people's hearts skip a beat. I wholeheartedly recommend this game to anyone who will not be offended by the violence and vileness of it, as it is a very entertaining game, but I can't stress enough that if you are opposed to video game violence, this isn't the game for you.