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Apr
03
2012

Wheels of Destruction Review

– Ed Acosta

Our Score: 3 / 5 – Okay

The guys over at Gelid Games have created the PSN (or SEN or whatever they are calling themselves these days) title Wheels of Destruction. The name alone sounds like a fun time; gnarly explosions, near misses, and lots of action instantly race into my mind.

Easily the best way to describe this game is Team Fortress with vehicles. It’s a class based team shooter with three modes of play; Deathmatch (DM), Team Deathmatch (TDM), and Capture the Flag (CTF). I don’t think I need to go over what these are but in case your new; DM is a killing free for all while TDM is exactly how it sounds, death match with teams. CTF is no different than any other CTF game, drive to flag, take it back to your base. Team with the most flag captures wins.  You can play these online or in a single player offline mode with bots. The lack of a true singleplayer story is disappointing, but I’m not even sure how you’d do that. If you die, don’t worry about the respawn time – it’s only a couple of seconds and I felt like I was right back in the action.  By pressing R3 in a match you can pre-load the next car class after your next respawn to change things up mid-game.

The classes are standard fare for a team based shooter. There is the Heavy, a slow and strong FBI looking tank; the off road buggy Engineer that excels at using powers like the shield and boost. Your standard class is called the Soldier, a 2-door car with plated armor and comfortly in the middle of the road stat wise. The sleek Assassin is a 2 door hatchback that is very fast and packs a nasty punch, but is easily taken down. Finally there is the Scout which is reminiscent of a Lamborghini Countach and is lightning quick. In all honesty, this would be a pretty competent team based shooter, if you can get past the awful controls.

The controls are some of the worst I’ve ever used for a driving/combat game. The vehicles drive like the Halo Warthog where the car will drive to wherever the camera is pointing. This is mistake number one as it makes the car very cumbersome to drive when trying to navigate around some of the tight spots and corridors. You can easily get stuck on walls or fall off a cliff, mistake number two. They alleviate some of the issues by adding a drift button causing your car to slide but that will not help you with mistake number two. The aiming and the steering are mapped to the same analog stick.  After playing a few matches, I knew what was causing me so much grief with mistake number one. Trying to shoot and drive becomes impossible.

I hope that in a future update, that Gelid Games gives the player the ability to assign the right analog stick to aiming and the left to steering; you know the standard tank controls. This would have been the best way to have handled this situation but instead they choose to map them both to the left stick and leave nothing assigned to the right. I’m sure careful thought and hard work went into this does, but they really should have tested the controls more. You might be thinking “why is it so bad?”  Just imagine trying to walk straight but look to your left, by having both the steering and aiming assigned to one joystick, you would not be able to accomplish this.  Essentially, if you’re trying to drive around an opponent and fire, you can’t because when you aim the weapon at your target, you end up driving towards them.

Graphically, it’s ok; it’s nothing spectacular but it is using the Unreal Engine and as a result is nice to look at. You will notice the textures on the maps are slightly muddy if you stop and take a look, but you should always be moving anyway so it’s not something that will end up distracting you. The environments are varied from dark warehouses to ocean side cityscapes. The guns firing and lasers shooting look like, well, guns firing and lasers shooting while picking up shields for your vehicles give you a snazzy looking glow reminiscent of Tron.

As I said earlier though, if it wasn’t for the frustrating controls, I’m confident that this would be a decent car combat game. Being that it’s a downloadable title and not $60, this would have been something enjoyable to play against friends in between other games. But honestly, unless the controls get tweaked, save your 10 bucks towards Twisted Metal if you want car combat on the Playstation 3.

Retails for: $10.00, recommended purchase price: $5.00

Mar
30
2012

The Final Wheels of Destruction Class – The Engineer

They say that knowledge is power, and in Wheels of Destruction, the Engineer lives and dies by this core belief. Equipped with an advanced sonar device, taking shots from a distance is a breeze. Before enemies can even get a read on the Engineer, this class has a lock-on achieved and a kill shot fired. Assisting this intelligence specialist, the Engineer has some of the best handling in the game. While the vehicle may not be that beefy, quick to fire or fast around the corners, its strategic advancements set it apart from the rest.

…continue reading » The Final Wheels of Destruction Class – The Engineer

Mar
27
2012

Wheels of Destruction Joins PlayStation Network’s Spring Fever – New Launch Date Now April 3

Gelid Games’ upcoming vehicular combat title Wheels of Destruction has been invited to participate in PlayStation Network’s Spring Fever by Sony – as a result, Gelid is thrilled to announce that a new release date is set for April 3rd, 2012. Coming exclusively to PSN, Wheels of Destruction will also be bringing PlayStation Plus members an opportunity to purchase the game at 20% off. The game is already a steal at $9.99, but at $7.99, it’s foolish to pass up this amazing class-based, online deathmatch gem of a game.

 

 

Wheels of Destruction has five different vehicle classes to best suit players of different styles. From the brutal Heavy to the quick-firing Assassin, each class has their strengths and weaknesses to rule the battlefield.

Wheels of Destruction pits players in an arena of demolish-or-be-demolished competition. Five distinct classes make for deadly cutthroat vehicle combat with a unique futuristic aesthetic – all powered by the Unreal Engine. Wheels of Destruction brings gamers together just to tear them apart in an addictive, easy-to-learn but hard-to-master battle behind the wheel. Just make sure you’re ready for chaos and carnage!

For more information on Wheels of Destruction by Gelid Games, check out the Website at www.thewodgame.com. Also, follow the game on Facebook at facebook.com/wheelsofdestruction.

Mar
23
2012

Wheels of Destruction – Soldier class reveal

With the fast pace of a shrapnel-riddled battlefield, players will often need to be equipped for any situation. Be prepared for anything coming your way with the Soldier – Wheels of Destruction’s most well-rounded class. He’s just fast enough, just cunning enough, and just strong enough to take on every situation, whether a flag is MIA or a fleet of Assassins are taking pot shots for easy points. The Soldier is the everyman hero.

The Soldier is just one of five vehicular predators found in Wheels of Destruction. Stay tuned for the final class, and check out the rest in the meantime.

Wheels of Destruction pits players in an arena of demolish-or-be-demolished competition. Five distinct classes make for deadly cutthroat vehicle combat with a unique futuristic aesthetic – all powered by the Unreal Engine. Wheels of Destruction brings gamers together just to tear them apart in an addictive, easy-to-learn but hard-to-master battle behind the wheel. Just make sure you’re ready for chaos and carnage!

…continue reading » Wheels of Destruction – Soldier class reveal

Mar
20
2012

Wheels of Destruction Available March 27 Exclusively for Sony Entertainment Network

Gelid Games is proud to announce that Wheels of Destruction is coming exclusively to PlayStation Network on March 27 for $9.99Wheels of Destruction has been trickling in a slew of information on this arcade-style, class-based, car combat shooter over the past couple weeks, and now, it just got real.

Wheels of Destruction has five different vehicle classes to best suit players of different styles. From the brutal Heavy to the quick-firing Assassin, each class has their strengths and weaknesses to rule the battlefield. Check out the amazing trailers here:

Scout – the speedster class: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeaaP29tBgs
Heavy – the tanking class: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sxv6QZckpZw
Assassin – the quick-draw class: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJdMKFR9Jwo

Wheels of Destruction pits players in an arena of demolish-or-be-demolished competition. Five distinct classes make for deadly cutthroat vehicle combat with a unique futuristic aesthetic – all powered by the Unreal Engine. Wheels of Destruction brings gamers together just to tear them apart in an addictive, easy-to-learn but hard-to-master battle behind the wheel. Just make sure you’re ready for chaos and carnage!

For more information on Wheels of Destructionby Gelid Games, check out the Website at www.thewodgame.com. Also, follow the game on Facebook at facebook.com/wheelsofdestruction.

Mar
14
2012

Wheels of Destruction – Assassin class reveal

Get in. Get out. The competition doesn’t stand a chance. Unlike the rest, the Assassin is in a class of its own, sniping prey by the dozens before others can line up their shots. No class can compete with the blazingly fast firing rate of the Assassin. Obviously, this is quite an upper hand when taking quick pot shots at your friends online. Of the three announced classes, it’s up to players to make the choice between the speedster Scout, the tough guy Heavy or the quick-draw Assassin, with two more classes yet to be announced.

The Assassin is just one of five vehicular predators found in Wheels of Destruction. Stay tuned for the final two classes.

Wheels of Destruction pits players in an arena of demolish-or-be-demolished competition. Five distinct classes make for deadly cutthroat vehicle combat with a unique futuristic aesthetic – all powered by the Unreal Engine. Wheels of Destruction brings gamers together just to tear them apart in an addictive, easy-to-learn but hard-to-master battle behind the wheel. Just make sure you’re ready for chaos and carnage!

…continue reading » Wheels of Destruction – Assassin class reveal

Feb
29
2012

Wheels of Destruction – Heavy class reveal

Why take crap from the little guys when you can swat them off like the insects they are? Meet the newest class in Wheels of Destruction, the Heavy – a brick powerhouse with armor to spare. Joining the Scout as one of the five classes in this cut-throat, online multiplayer game, the Heavy is for anyone looking to tank their way through the opposition. He’s the toughest, roughest vehicle around. He may be a bit slow to the punch, but don’t mind that; the punch packs some mad power.

The Heavy is just one of five vehicular predators we’ll be showing off over the coming weeks. Stay tuned for the final three classes of Wheels of Destruction.

Wheels of Destruction pits players in an arena of demolish-or-be-demolished competition. Five distinct classes make for deadly cutthroat vehicle combat with a unique futuristic aesthetic – all powered by the Unreal Engine. Wheels of Destruction brings gamers together just to tear them apart in an addictive, easy-to-learn but hard-to-master battle behind the wheel. Just make sure you’re ready for chaos and carnage!

Feb
22
2012

Wheels of Destruction – Scout class reveal

Does ripping a car into metal sinew and carnage sound like a blast to you? If so, then please direct your attention to the Scout in the upcoming PlayStation®Network title, Wheels of Destruction. As one of five dynamic vehicle classes, the Scout stands as the fastest, most unforgiving infiltrator in the bunch.  An absolute must for Capture the Flag, the Scout is the “wham, bam, thank you ma’am” class that knocks your opponents out and takes off before they know what just hit them.

The Scout is just one of five vehicular predators we’ll be showing off over the coming weeks. He’s a force not to take lightly, but there are plenty to come.

Wheels of Destruction pits players in an arena of demolish-or-be-demolished competition of extreme four-wheel wreckage. Five distinct car classes make for deadly cutthroat car combat with a unique futuristic aesthetic – all powered by the Unreal Engine. Wheels of Destruction brings gamers together just to tear them apart again in an addictive, easy-to-learn yet hard-to-master, battle behind the wheel. Just make sure you’re ready for chaos and carnage!