Kart racing with a twist
Varkian Empire are trying to tempt PS4 owners into some single-screen multiplayer party action with their intergalactic kart racer Obliteracers. Believe me these guys know how to party. Up to sixteen competitors share the same single screen to ensure it’s our type of party – chaotic, full of carnage and colourfully put together in a stylish cartoonish package. Expect lots of explosions and loads of bumper to bumper, shoulder to shoulder argie-bargie.
Obliteracers offers a fresh take on the established formula of kart racing as the camera follows the centre of the pack instead of the leader. It’s a case of keeping up with the bunch to stay in the race with slow coaches being eliminated. You can compete locally or online against friends, and there is also a descent single player mode too. It’s not a huge campaign to play solo, but it does let off some fireworks. Races include Leader, Endurance, Survival and knockout. You’ve also got a Versus Mode and a detailed Leaderboard with plenty of stats to sieve through.
The eye catching tracks come with testing bends, bumps, land mines and handy short cuts to sneak past your opposition. It’s sort of survival of the fittest not fastest as Obliteracers is more a death match type of race. There is a huge emphasis on battling, which is the game’s main strength. Less fun is had taking the lead and staying ahead – there are more thrills and spills in staying with the pack and fighting it out with whatever pickups that are thrown your way. As you would expect there is a nice varied assortment of picks-up to hurl at other unsuspected racers. Obliteracers sticks with traditional pick-ups, similar to what you’ve handled in other kart racers, and although there are no banana skins in sight you have healthy array of missiles, flame throwers and machine guns. All of these come in very handy when you want to gang up to take down an opponent. If you find yourself being kicked out of the race you’re not totally dead yet as Obliteracers gives you the opportunity of launching one final airstrike at whoever wound you up the most. Who’s getting the last laugh now?!
Obliteracers comes with a loud and fired-up look. Its style bursts with dazzling colours and is a big old eye full. The cars themselves are small which makes keeping an eye on your own vehicle a tad tricky at times, especially with so much mayhem ahead of you. Often you’ll lose track of who’s who and find you’ve already parted ways from the race by falling off a cliff by taking a bend too quickly.
Browsing through the PlayStation Store you’ll notice that kart racing is not one of PS4’s strongest genres. Sure there are a couple out there to keep us satisfied but where’s our Micro Machines? Where’s our Crash Team Racing? Obliteracers certainly captures the essence of these games and is a welcome addition to the karting family. It brings a fresh feel and excitement to the podium, but be prepared to be obliterated again and again in your pursuit of victory.
Lizard Rating – 7.5/10