XBLA Review: Wrecked: Revenge Revisited

Wrecked = Car Crash

Wrecked: Revenge Revisited is an arcade racer, so what could go wrong? The actual question should be what could go right as Wrecked pretty much lives up to its namesake for all the wrong reasons. In the game you attempt to tackle challenges like winning a race, blowing up cars, collecting coins or racing without crashing into a single obstacle. Now that sounds like a winning combo, so how did it go so wrong?

Well, the problem is that Wrecked handles terribly and to add insult to injury, the camera is a joke as it zooms to close so you can’t see the upcoming obstacles or even where the track is going, it’s also really unpredictable…you just don’t know when and where it’s going to turn to hinder you, it’s an absolute farce and perhaps the worst camera I’ve come across in an arcade racer.

The controls are sloppy too and the game is relentlessly unforgiving for it, so if you drive off a curb into a lake then it’s game over through no fault of your own other than shoddy design. The tracks aren’t well designed either and there’s not a great deal of them, there’s even DLC out for more punishment.

I remember playing the first track’s bomb challenge where if you get hit once, it’s game over and as I turn round the corner, the camera zooms in too much as I drove up a hill then it zoomed out too late so I drove into a barrier that some idiot put in the middle of the hill. I just can’t comprehend what was going through the team’s minds when they made this game with so many flaws. If that wasn’t bad enough, the game looks seriously dated by today’s standards. Even classic arcade racers look and handle better than this. The music isn’t that bad, but it’s far from great either.

The Verdict

Wrecked: Revenge Revisited is one dreadful arcade racer; its challenges are repetitive and poorly designed. The camera hinders players from winning races, it looks pretty bad visually, has a bad framerate and the controls are a letdown. Avoid this car crash, save your Microsoft Points!