When it comes to gaming, party play isn’t high on my list. That being said, when Party Crashers popped up its neon-tinged, retro yet futuristic head, it got my attention (plus I’m a sucker for anything on four wheels). So is it worth grabbing your playmates for? Let’s party on and see…
Party Crashers is a fast paced battle racer that’s all about driving to survive. It’s heavily focused on local multiplayer and caters for up to four players, or you can race against a computer controlled pack – either way carnage ensues. There are really only four modes: Elimination, Race, Time Trial and Battle. But don’t worry, this game has many tricks up its sleeve which brings so much more to the party. The main being cutomisation, but more on this later.
As this is a combat racer Party Crashers comes armed with standard weapons you would expect such as machine guns, missiles and mines. If you start mixing things up you’ll also have offense weapons such as speed boosts, shields, some sort of magnet thing and a snazzy distortion weapon that makes the screen go all fuzzy. My favourite is the raging bull, as there’s nothing better than giving your opposition the horn. Such weapons do play a big part in each race and even though we’ve seen it a zillion times before, Party Crashers really works well, and the neon lit argy bargy is darn good. Races are super fun, handling is sweet and the track design keeps things visually interesting. Teasing corners, tight bends and long straights all give ample opportunity to let loose your pay load or the chance to use your driving skills to the max to overtake the opposition. Action can be as crazy as the guys you’re playing against.
As I mentioned earlier there is a huge amount of customization. For starters there are different vehicles to sling around each track ranging from monster trucks, muscle cars, sports cars, buses and even a banana. You can create your own game modes from hundreds of settings which is a big draw for party play. Combinations are pretty endless; play with no brakes, teleporting track edges, backwards driving and 15 second rounds are just some of the zany options open to you. This adds a huge bulk of extra content, bored you won’t be as it’s up to you to create the extra fun. We had a blast just playing against three other computer controlled vehicles, so exchange these for three buddies and the crazy custom options available, and you’ll have a competitive party game on your hands that’s well worth a shot.
Whether playing on PS4 or Nintendo Switch it looks good, and not to forget the the PS4 version also comes with 55 trophies and a platinum too.
With its neon tinged Tron like look and its massive customisation options, Party Crashers delivers a fine fast paced combat racing experience. While some party games boast this and that, developers Giant Margarita talk the talk and get the party started. Guns, fast cars and a face full of futuristic action, Party Crashers bangs it out with ease.
Lizard rating: 8/10