Review: Gas Guzzlers: Combat Carnage

Gas Guzzlers: Combat Carnage From game developers Gamepires is a high octane racing game with added guns which as we all know is a great mix. On the PC there has been many of these titles that have come before such of the likes of Carmagedon, Interstate 71 and many more and Gas Guzzlers: Combat Carnage is yet another go at this genre; for the most part it does this very well   despite a few problems, but I will cover that later on.

The main aim of the game is to race as many tracks as you can and earn cash. The more races you win the more cash you get, simple. However there are a few added things to make this a much better game than it sounds. Like most racing games you have a garage where you can spend your cash you have saved up to make upgrades to your car and in Gas Guzzlers there are a good collection of these which range from tyre upgrades to brake upgrades and even buying a new car as you progress and save your cash. And then we come to the best bit – once you have done all the boring car upgrades you can buy stuff to bolt to the side of the car which brings a big smile to my face. Once you are happy with your loadout it’s time to hit the track.

Just a scratch, you can polish that out…

The first thing you will notice with this game is that the graphic style is outstanding, and that goes for the tracks and the cars. As we all know running games on a PC in 1080p with everything on high can be very taxing for some systems, yet on my gaming rig it ran flawlessly. Even messing with some of the setting for lower specced PCs it still looks amazing. The tracks themselves really do stand out – you can be racing on a snow track one minute and then on to a desert track and they all stand out with detail. With all this detail I was thinking that the frame rate would suffer but I was wrong; even on high detail the frame rate was very good, and on average I got between 45 to 55fps.

And then you’re off and this is when you see how crazy this game can be. As you make your way round the track there are helpful power ups that will give you an edge as you drive head first around the track dodging rocked and bullets. At the start of the race however you cannot use your weapons until you hit the free fire zone then all hell breaks loose – from then on you can keep on firing until you run out of ammo, although you can pick up refills round the track at certain points, along with double damage power ups and shield power up and many others.

To go with this crazy style of game play is a great sound track which all you metal heads out there will love. This really adds to the high speed gameplay and really pulls you into the game. However it’s not all good; as I played the game and started to save my cash and buy cars and weapons I felt like it was very much rinse and repeat. You do races and win cash, you spend cash to make your car better and then when you have run out of cash you do it all again. But if you are the kind of person who enjoys this style of game play then you will love Gas Guzzlers: Combat Carnage. Also multiplayer in the game is there, but when you go to search for a server I found I could only find 3 and they were usually empty. Hopefully if the game takes off there will be more servers popping up hosted by other people and the multiplayer community for this game will take off. This will enhance the game no end, as I can see it being great fun. Just one word of warning: if you have the sound of little feet in your house it’s not a game to have on as the language that comes out of the game from time to time is not one the younger generation should hear.

Overall Gas Guzzlers: Combat Carnage is a pretty good game. It has gone down the path of a tried and tested  formula and does it very well, and if you’re looking for a racing game with a twist then Gas Guzzlers: Combat Carnage is a good choice to have installed on your PC.

Reviewed on PC

Suggested system Specs
Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz, 1 GB RAM (2 GB RAM – Vista/7), graphic card 256 MB (GeForce 260 or better), 3 GB HDD, Windows XP/Vista/7.

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