Everybody has their favoured top-down racer. Whether it’s a muffin from stopping you from winning the Grand Finale Cup or ramming into a gigantic glockenspiel, these games can be super huge kiddie fun. BlazeRush does things differently and is a fast-paced combat racer that packs a mighty punch. Sixteen different vehicles across a host of eye-catching locations bring collisions and crashes by the shed load. Russian developer Targem Games know how to wreak havoc and now they bring their mayhem to PlayStation 4.
While not being heavy on content, BlazeRush does offer two game modes: Career and Tournament. Tournament is your online fix where you can host a game, invite your PSN buddies or jump into a quick online race. But the bulk of the action is found in the Career mode. You’re pit against five other diddy vehicles each with different handling, mass and acceleration characteristics. Raining from the skies come some interesting crates which house various weapons and boosts, giving you ample opportunity to arm yourself. Homing missiles, auto guns, saws and sound waves all bring complete carnage to each race. Other crates when smashed help with your vehicle’s acceleration and give you a rocket-fuelled boost, but only for a brief short time. While you may think such speed boosts help you win races, be warned, tracks are cleverly designed and require skill to navigate through. Careering off the edge into oblivion can be a common occurrence if you don’t take BlazeRush seriously.
As well as some awesome weapons, BlazeRush is also about cutting corners and taking the correct driving line. There are sixteen different whacky and wonderful vehicles to choose from, ranging from the UFO which delivers super fast acceleration, to the futuristic looking Panzerflachbagger. I think I’ve spelt that right.
There are a total of fifty three races to battle your way though. Each race offers the chance to win gold cups, and gold cups open up tracks. Cups can be earned in different ways – crossing the finish line in the top three is always a favourite way of building up the silverware, but if you’re lucky/clever there are quicker ways to gain more cups. Killing three or more opponents in a race, earning 20,000 points, or even being the leader of the race for 50 seconds earns you precious gold cups quickly. I completed the game bagging around the 137 mark.
The camera angles constantly zoom in and out adding to the visual excitement. If you’re first the camera centres on the top three; fall behind and the camera pulls out giving a wider picture of the mayhem unfolding in front of you. If you do meet head-on with a homing missile, the last place racer gets a constant boost which hurtles you towards the pack. It’s always a frantic five way race to the checked flag.
The different locations look beautiful, and with some over the top explosions catapulting vehicles in all directions, flames and smoke, BlazeRush hits the mark visually. Trophy wise its bronzes all the way, with the Jackpot trophy halting a fairy quick 100%.
A fine mix of frantic action and tasty weaponry make BlazeRush a fun and active racer. While there’s not a lot of extra content on offer, what is offered is a brutal pocket rocket of a racer that definitely requires a couple of ounces of skill to complete. With a high replay value completing on-track objectives, BlazeRush is a great arcade budget downloadable survival racer. Take aim at the PSN store and fire.
Lizard rating 7/10