Destruction Derby (PlayStation)

Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.6
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.3
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.3
Overall User Score (18 votes) 3.5

Critic Reviews

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The Video Game Critic
I noticed a bit of slowdown in the framerate on occasion, but nothing objectionable. Despite its digital-only control scheme, your car handles exceptionally well. The link cable is supported for two-player action, but that device isn't useful unless you have a friend who also owns this game. The worst aspect of Destruction Derby is its music - if you can even call the random samples over generic beats "music". Otherwise, I love this game and highly recommend it.
Game Players
Destruction Derby is amazing on so many levels that it would be impossible to call it anything less than great, but it's not quite perfect somehow.
GamePro (US)
Because Destruction Derby is so simple and so rowdy, racers of all ages should enjoy taking this disc out for a spin. Sophisticated drivers won't get much satisfaction, but anyone looking to play bumper cars with high-revving racing machines will have a blast.
Video Games & Computer Entertainment
The boys at Psygnosis should be riding high right about now. Being responsible for two of the best games we've ever seen on a home system is definitely reason enough. Rivaled only by it's sister opus, Wipeout, Destruction Derby is sure to work gamers into a frenzy.
GameFan Magazine
I've been waiting years for somebody to make a game like Destruction Derby. I love a good, realistic racing game just as much as anyone else, but every once in a while, I like to crash into things....hard! This Playstation smash-fest has so many wild spins and body panels flying, it's hard to believe. The techno music is fab and the control is instinctive, but it's the ultra-smooth 3-D in DD that's the main event. Awesome!
Video Games
Einerseits kann man sich mit Destruction Derby prima abreagieren (Sound voll aufdrehen), andererseits ist das Spiel jedoch auch in der Lage, mittels im-mer neuer Bestzeiten langfristig zu motivieren. Ob sich das gediegene Rudelschubsen allerdings für Führerscheinneulinge eignet, wage ich doch mal zu bezweifeln, Gerade die Powerhalse im Rückwärtsgang macht nach ‘nem Crash so richtig Laune (zur Nachahmung nicht empfohlen!). Aber zwei Dinge gibt‘s doch, die ich am fröhlichen Verschrotten bemängeln möchte: Erstens ist in den Championship-Modes zu viel Glück im Spiel (was ja bei Total Destruction oder Wreckin‘ Race nicht weiter stört) und zweitens gehen Euch die dümmlichen und immer wiederkehrenden Kommentare des Sprechers nach einer halben Stunde derart auf die Nerven, daß Ihr sie am liebsten ausschalten würdet. Was Destruction Derby noch etwas aufwertet, sind die zusätzlichen Zwei-Spieler-Modi.
Absolute Playstation
Destruction Derby was one of the first games that brought next gen. graphics into your home. Limited gameplay in single player mode but with three different types of destructive racing to play and a link up option, this is a definite game for your collection.
CD Player
Dem Spiel merkt man die Handschrift der »Shadow of the Beast«-Erfinder an: Grafisch und technisch ist »Destruction Derby« rasant und innovativ, neben Top-Programmierern und Pixelkünstlern hat man jedoch zu wenige Spieldesigner hinzugezogen. So nerven mich die edel gezeichneten, aber hoffungslos verwurschtelten Menüs, die unnötige Ladezeiten produzieren. Einige Standard-Spielelemente wurden schlichweg vergessen: Es fehlen Drehzahlmesser und Tachometer. Sie wissen nie, inwieweit die Wagenschäden bremsen. Ein Boxenstop bleibt Ihnen ebenso verwehrt wie eine ordentliche Siegesfeier. Auf der anderen Seite erwartet den Action-Puristen Rempel-Orgien ohne Reue: Im Partikel-Nebel und im Wirbel der Karosseriebruchstücke vergessen Sie kurzzeitig alle Design-Patzer und freuen sich über jeden gelungenen Crash.
Destruction Derby représente un très bon défouloir pour tous ceux qui souhaitent prendre du bon temps avec un bon jeu d'arcade sans se prendre la tête. Ceux qui sont à la recherche d'un jeu plus complet et élaboré passeront leur chemin, tant la redondance de l'action leur paraîtra rédhibitoire.
Absolute Playstation
I think this game will go down as a visual classic but expect rivals to come up with something that plays as well as it looks.
The two-player mode is great fun. Who wouldn't enjoy smashing into your friend at high speeds, gaining points each crash? It is, after all, a fanatasy shared by most motorists. The problem arises in the one-player race mode. It's just not exciting enough to hold your attention - the control is way, way too loose. Psygnosis promises more intense racing action in the sequel, but for the time being, stick to the pit.