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Even going into this review with a skeptical outlook, Smash Cars has managed to make an RC racer believer out of me. While I doubt I will be running to my hobby shop to invest in a $200 RC truck or car (one that I would probably break my first time out) I will certainly be spending countless hours driving these miniature racers in one of the best PS2 racing games I have played this year.
I was really pleased to see the effort that obviously went into the visual presentation and physics modeling of Smash Cars. What a drag that the trick system proves to be a distraction that waters down the effect of the game. But it's easy to ignore most of the underperforming tricks and concentrate instead on the fast-paced races. When Gran Turismo is too much, and Mario Kart just ain't enough, Smash Cars could be just the ticket.
There’s a flipside to every coin and the same can be said about games. For the one part, Smash Cars has a very small number of glaring faults, but on the other side these problems don’t distract from the overall enjoyment this game provides. Smash Cars is a fun racing game with a lot to offer fans of the genre and it is certainly worthy of the bargain purchase price. Pick this one up if you’re in the mood for a good RC racing title with a great sense of humor.
Technical problems and limitations aside, Smash Cars' most important feature (being fun) still manages to glimmer pretty brightly. And while it may not win any awards for visuals, innovation, or course design (which we feel is its strongest attribute), that doesn't necessarily make it a bad game. Yes it has its flaws; but for speed junkies and hardcore racing fanatics looking for something to do between more serious experiences, Smash Cars is an enjoyable distraction. It's worth a test-drive at least.
Smash Cars' easy-to-pick-up style of gameplay, often absurdly amusing level design, and budget price tag make it a worthwhile game for any RC or kart racing fan.
Pour la catégorie dans laquelle il joue, Smash Cars constitue finalement un bon titre en matière de courses de voitures RC. Les circuits sont suffisamment surprenants et le contenu suffisamment riche pour assurer un bon divertissement pour qui aura envie de s'adonner à ce style de courses, d'autant que le titre est proposé à un prix peu onéreux.
Harmless and basic in both look and execution, "Smash Cars" lacks a hook compelling enough to make it standout when compared to already-discounted quality RC videogames like "Re-Volt" and "Stunt GP." Its great sense of speed and imaginative level design, however, make "Smash Cars" a great holiday impulse buy if found for under twenty bucks. Just make sure your TV remote's mute button is handy to silence the annoying sound effects and atrociously bland BGM tunes.