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Alien robots from the planet Nova have abducted humans and put them in a deadly competition to observe their toughness. The racers are dropped into futuristic arenas to race and fight for their lives. Next to free play and arcade, this Xbox Live Arcade title also offers a career mode. There are different cars to choose from (24, with unlockables) and the initial abilities (power, defense, attack, and grip) can be boosted through power-ups inside the arenas. The 15 courses come with different game modes, such as deathmatch, beacon blast (checkpoint racing), survivor (last man standing), wrecking ball (demolition derby), hounded (tag racing), bot hunt, and more.

The arenas are bright, with obstacles and ramps. Opponents can be taken out with weapons to score points, but in beacon blast the ranking can also be improved by racing through beacons. As soon as one is passed, it reappears at another location. The standard weapon is a feeble laser, but five more become available later on, such as the plasma cannon, electricity blaster, flame-thrower, repel gun and gravity gun. There is no need to aim however, as all weapons automatically lock on to opponents. Next to the offline mode for a single player, up to 8 human players can race together online. Players can also unlock a fifth game type, SuperNova, and there are 12 achievements.


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Some basic cheap thrills in a confined, near-sighted package Greg Mitchell (74) 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars

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TeamXbox Dec 20, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Video Game Talk Dec 20, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
GameSpot Dec 21, 2006 5.6 out of 10 56
GamesRadar Jan 03, 2007 5 out of 10 50 Feb 23, 2007 5 out of 10 50
IGN Jan 25, 2007 3.7 out of 10 37


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