Mantis Burn Racing – now that’s a title to get the juices flowing. UK’s VooFoo Studios know how to make luxurious looking games, and if you’ve played Pure Pool and Pure Chess then you’ll know what I’m on about. VooFoo know how to turn on the style and now they’ve achieved the same greatness on the track. After a short burst on Mantis Burn Racing your mind is made up pretty quickly. PlayStation has had its share of such racers in recent years, and this pushes the others aside.
Mantis Burn Racing is a top down racer; think MotorStorm RC, think dusty tracks, tight racing and insane drifts. Mantis Burn Racing has a lot to offer. The main single player mode rolls out a well constructed path of destruction and races. Each race gives you the opportunity to show off your skills. Overtaking opponents while powersliding around a corner, apart from feeling good, also racks up the XP as well. It’s not just about winning races but how you perform. Taking out rows of wooden fencing and debris helps find those precious shortcuts that wipe seconds off a race win – again all helping to rack up that XP.
Helping you stay ahead is a single burst of speed; this depletes quickly and can’t be relied on to win. Tracks come with intricate turns, corners and the odd obstacle. Smack into a wall or take a corner too wide sees the faltering pack swiftly overtake you and you’re made to pay for your mistakes. Mantis Burn Racing wants you to learn each track if you’re to gain the game’s reward features. Instead of race wins being rewarded with standard silverware, Mantis Burn Racing features Gears. Each race has a number of Gears to win. Also different classes of vehicles open up and give the chance to sling faster cars around each track. Some vehicles are light and have the weight of a Tupperware box, while others feel heavy and sturdy, handy for barging through the pack and sending your rivals off the track. There’s a lot of fun to be had mastering each type of vehicle and also upgrading each one. More fun is offered in the form of multiplayer, with a 4 player local split-screen race, and also extensive online modes for up to 8 players too.
The soundtrack and sound effects admittedly don’t jump out at you, but the intense races are where your senses get its tingles from. Super responsive controls also help, and with a handful of different views to mess with Mantis Burn Racing is the real deal.
Another class act from VooFoo; well, you wouldn’t have expected anything less, would you? Tight racing, beautifully laid out tracks and addictive gameplay, Mantis Burn Racing is a fantastic fast-paced racing game.
Lizard Rating 8.5/10
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