is a game about; yes you guessed it, off road racing. In this
case Rage Software have opted for a more unique style of 4x4
vehicle and gone for dune buggies as their racers of choice.
Last years event allowed us to see OffRoad in action for the
first time, with some sketchy graphics the two things that stood
out were the physics and controls.
year's event is much the same; accept now OffRoad is looking
just about complete despite a few texture problems.
twist, turn and ahhhhhhh
is easily the most thrill seeking racer we've ever encounter,
it makes the smooth physical prowess of 'Need For Speed 5' look
unplayable and the madness of Motocross seem stable. This is
due in part to the graphics and the radical way it helped to
twist and turn the track design, but mostly to the perfection
of controls and physics.
the moment your figure slips onto the accelerator you're heavily
bouncing over bumps and rocks, twisting, thumping and then twisting
again. It's a radical yet hugely realistic affair; you can actually
feel the weight of your hefty buggy as it comes crashing back
onto the track after a jump. The motions, the turns, everything
feels just right and we mean that!
OffRoad is almost ready to go gold, given another month or two
and it should be on store shelves ready to buy, and buy it you
MUST! The game is one of the first since 'Monster Truck Madness'
that truly forces you to use clever, yet simplistically implemented,
gear changes to judge hills and bumps correctly. Flying over
them is a load of fun, but it could cost you the race if not
to sum things up, the sound is top, the graphics are above average
but nothing special and the controls/physics are near perfect.
The AI still needs some work though, in buggy racing you tend
to take out more opponents then end up winning the race. However
in the version we saw there could have been more carnage, or
at least an option to set such a thing on or off.
aside and this is one title you're going to want on that Christmas
- Rage Software
Publisher - Rage Software
Website - http://www.rage.co.uk
Release - Q4-2000
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