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79 (Jan 28, 2004)
Destruction Derby Arenas ist ein Spiel, bei dem man sicherlich über das Genre streiten kann. Rennspiele stellt man sich eigentlich anders vor, doch genau da liegt der Reiz des Spiels. Wer es leid ist, irgendwelchen Bestzeiten hinterher zu jagen, darf sich hier mal richtig austoben. Wer Gas gibt, hat definitiv Spaß - spätestens nachdem man den ersten Gegner aufs Dach gelegt oder in die Mauer gedrückt hat, gibt man sich der Destruction-Sucht hin. Schade ist nur, dass Einzelspieler langfristig zu wenig geboten bekommen.
Demolition Derby is a style of racing that many see as a niche, but one that is both vastly underestimated and untapped. There has been a proliferation of car combat games, perhaps most notably with the Twisted Metal franchise, yet only a handful of games where the point was to actually smash fender to fender.
Worth Playing (May 04, 2004)
Overall, Destruction Derby Arenas feels like a sophomoric attempt to breathe new life into an aging franchise. The game’s modest modes of play, underwhelming presentation, and ill-conceived points system are a far cry from the series’ glory days, but the gameplay is solid and the courses can be a lot of fun under the right circumstances. Give Arenas a rental and enjoy its entertaining online modes, but steer clear of an impulse buy.
Essentially Destruction Derby Arenas is a solid, if not spectacular, addition to the series but I suspect veteran fans of the series would probably have liked to have seen better graphics and a more meaty single player game. I do think that most people will eventually only play the game in online mode as playing through the championship mode could become a little cumbersome after completing it a few times. Still if you're looking for a driving game that has a minimal learning curve and that you can take online, then Destruction Derby Arenas will certainly fit the bill.
Gamesdog (Dec 30, 2003)
Overall the gameplay is fun and will certain bring light relief to the seriousness of so many of the racing games currently available for the PS2. However we can't but help this game just isn't as polished as it should be and while an online feature has been added for networked players to challenge it out across the ether, a series of power-ups, weapons and repair options take away the fear of dying. Relaxing only if the commute has got you down. In fact it might be worth tracking down the 1996 original on budget, the principle was the same but the presentation and music much better.
Game Chronicles (Apr 26, 2004)
Anyone remember an old PS1 classic called Destruction Derby? It appeared right after the launch of Sony’s original console and pretty much took the gaming world by storm with its dynamic physics, realistic car damage, and addictive gameplay. Arguably, that game probably wouldn’t hold up to modern day standards or the expectations of sophisticated gamers more than ten years later, so Studio 33 and Gathering are putting a facelift on Rainbow Studios classic.
GamePro (US) (May 20, 2004)
Have you ever found yourself glued to a lousy movie on TV?say, Rocky III?and while you hear yourself saying, ?Why am I watching this?,? you can?t seem to tear yourself away? Destruction Derby Arenas is the Rocky III of video games: There isn?t much suspense, the acting?s cheesy, and the production values could be better, but you can?t help but get sucked in.
69 (Jan 09, 2004)
Wer eine für Einzelspieler langfristig motivierende Zerstörungsorgie sucht, ist bei Destruction Derbys Arena fehl am Platz und sollte lieber zu dem 2002 erschienenen Crashed greifen. Wer hingegen häufig mit der PS2 online geht, um Spaß zu haben, sollte sich die Anschaffung ernsthaft überlegen. Denn all das, was man im Einzelspieler-Modus vermisst –Spannung, nervenaufreibende Duelle und abwechslungsreiche Modi- bekommt man hier für bis zu 20 Spieler geboten. Grafisch und akustisch zwar nur selten mehr als Durchschnittsware, ist der neueste Ableger der Destruction Derby-Serie zwar nicht der erhoffte Überflieger, doch gerade Multiplayer-Fans finden hier eine actionreiche Herausforderung.
69 (Mar 18, 2004)
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.
GameZone (Apr 21, 2004)
Overall, I can’t say that I don’t or didn’t enjoy DD Arenas; I just thought that there could have been a lot more that Gathering could have done to it to really make it shine in the car crash up games as the series once did. For you DD vets, this game will be more than likely be fun for you and you should have a pretty good time with it … but you may want to rent it prior to purchasing it. For you racing or crash up fans looking for a new title who maybe haven’t played the PS1 DD series, the best way to sum DDA up is that it provides some good, destructive fun online or off, but it will probably be short lived and might not run past the first couple of months. Maybe give it a test run before spending your money on it.
All of its weaknesses aside, DDA is still a good time for a little while. The graphics are crisp and the physics are solid once you get used to how loose they are, but there's nothing to keep you coming back after the initial fun of t-boning someone and watching them explode wears off.
This game feels like tipping cows on a Saturday night: A small part of me thinks it's fun, but the overwhelming majority knows I've got better things to do. If this was a Hot Wheels game, I could see young kids liking it, but nobody will find joy in the sluggish online portion. You might get a few laughs from it with your friends, but then so would pestering farm animals.
GameSpot (Apr 06, 2004)
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. While it does deliver some online action for up to 20 players this time around, the rest of the game is roughly the same old stuff, and quickly becomes repetitive.
Factornews (Dec 16, 2003)
Voilà une suite qui ne trahit pas ses prédécesseurs, et qui vous proposera de nombreuses heures de bon temps avec vos amis virtuels ou non. Le défoulement est garanti et offre assez d’action pour se faire sa petite place dans la communauté des joueurs online de la PS2.
GamersMark (Apr 29, 2004)
Destruction has always been an essential part of gaming. In an industry where fantasy is abundant and reality is not an issue, destroying everything you see ranks high on gamers fun-factor charts, right up there with creating your own player in Madden and leading your team to the Super Bowl. Back in January of 1996, Sony combined two popular elements of gaming into one nice package. Racing around tracks with jumps and crossroads is fun enough, and in Destruction Derby, the joy of annihilating your competitors is added in.
Netjak (Jun 07, 2004)
You get what you pay for, no question about it. Overall, Destruction Derby Arenas will give you a few days of enjoyment, but after that there’s pretty much nothing except for the online play. Lack of challenge, mediocre presentation, and unfriendly driving simulation makes DDA an unworthy contender in the racing game genre, especially with Gran Turismo 4 and Need For Speed Underground 2 coming later. Rent it if you want a weekend of chaos, but other than that, you may as well leave it in the rain and let it rust.
55 (Jan 12, 2004)
Divertissant est le mot qui convient le mieux à ce titre. Malheureusement, le plaisir ne peut monter dans des sphères plus hautes par la faute d'une cruelle carence de nouveautés dignes de ce nom. A la manière de la série des Ridge racer commençant sérieusement à s'essouffler, celle des Destruction Derby finit par lasser dans la surenchère d'accidents de moins en moins spectaculaires et de plus en plus artificiellement présents. Rien ne rehausse l'impression tenace que l'on rate un grand moment de jeu vidéo. Et ce n'est pas le système d'items à récolter sur les pistes ou encore de l'utilisation de la nitro volée à Need For Speed qui sauvera le tout. Une mauvaise surprise que l'on espère retapée lors d'une probable suite.
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.
PSX Extreme (Aug 31, 2004)
If you've got nothing else better to do, then Destruction Derby Arenas can kill a few hours of your time. Provided you're not expecting too much out of the game, you'll have some fun in a "it's always fun to smash cars" sort of way.
Gameplanet (Feb 13, 2004)
DESTRUCTION. IT'S A WORD that has fuelled the fantasies of many youngsters, mainly boys. Combine that word with cars and the fantasy takes a quantum leap forward. The basic concept of one car ramming into another, causing damage and mayhem is inherently fun, and something that is perfect for a videogame. Destruction Derby Arenas lets gamers live that fantasy by putting them in the driving seat in events that reward those who cause the most damage.
IGN (Mar 30, 2004)
There's nothing wrong with a few cheap thrills in this world. Back in my days in Ohio, it was all about cheap beer and going to the local destruction derby to see the locals wreck their junkers even more. Well, the beer's not included, but Destruction Derby Arenas packs in a lot of cars running into each other, online even, and little else in terms of any other redeeming value. So keep on reading if that appeals to you, because it's the only cheap thrill in town for this game.
Diehard GameFan (Apr 27, 2004)
Offline, this game is about as addictive as watching the seconds tick by on a clock after whatever initial enjoyment that might be had passes. Online there are more modes, but that doesn’t cover up the fact that the gameplay is just bland. There’s nothing there that helps us ignore the fact that essentially what we’re doing is just bashing into each other over and over again.
Even if Destruction Derby Arenas was a budget title, I couldn't recommend this title. This would be a nice rental for those of you that like playing games online, but for everyone else, avoid this at all costs. The game's flaws greatly outweigh any good. I'll kindly recommend picking up Ford Racing 2 or Corvette over this any day.
The Video Game Critic (Sep 06, 2004)
Why in God's name is it so friggin' hard to create a decent Destruction Derby game? As a huge fan of the original version (Playstation 1995), I was hoping the power of the PS2 would put this struggling series over the top. But somewhere along the line, the developers lost sight of what made the original game so great. The "destruction bowl" mode is the heart of the game, pitting 19 cars in a circular smash-up-derby arena. It's a lot of fun - at least for the first few minutes.