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FIRST LOOK | Carmageddon Reincarnation Early Access Smashes It Like It's 1997

Matt Gardner
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FIRST LOOK | Carmageddon Reincarnation Early Access Smashes It Like It's 1997

Max is back! Yes, one of the original video game nasties is making a comeback and how we've missed its cathartic delights! Carmageddon: Reincarnation emerges onto Steam later this week, and you can pre-order the Early Access for $29.99, helping to shape the game's development into alpha, beta, and beyond.

It's in pre-alpha right now, and there's not a lot to the game at present, so it's looking like it still has some way to go. There's only one mode at the time of writing and two tracks, but there are six cars from which to choose -- all of them classics.

I have to say, that whilst the game might be pretty unfinished at the moment, the unmistakeable Carmageddon feel is certainly present. It's difficult to get a feel for the handling and the damage modelling in this pre-alpha state, but everything runs the way you'd expect, though the option of remapping some of the keys would be nice. Steering with the arrow keys and having the powerup default set to Enter is not great.

FIRST LOOK | Carmageddon Reincarnation Early Access Smashes It Like It's 1997

On the track it's business as usual, with three ways to win: come first in the race, smash all of your opponents to bits, or run over every pedestrian in the level. As you'll see in the video, I had an absolute blast. But don't mess with the police, seriously; they will be the death of you if you give them half a chance.

This isn't a review, it's a first run at the game in its early stages and there's really not much here in terms of content to recommend. But, as you'll hear, I kind of end up flip-flopping a bit in terms of my recommendation. £18-19 is steep for something that has so little to offer presently -- there's no multiplayer on those two tracks yet either -- but it certainly feels like Stainless are on the right track, and I had myself a gloriously nostalgic riot. Thankfully, we will have a little giveaway coming at the end of the week, with five codes for the game to giveaway so make sure you stay tuned for that.

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Tsung  Mar. 26, 2014 at 13:00

Great I backed this, my copy must be somewhere..

Jerec  Mar. 27, 2014 at 09:11

Love the Jetpack man at 18:12.

MattGardner  Mar. 27, 2014 at 09:59

I have a feeling this could be a very interesting pre-alpha->alpha->beta->launch run, especially if you've already secured Early Access via Kickstarter. There's a perception aspect to getting involved with games early, but if you go into Carmageddon fully understanding that it's very much a work in progress, I think you'll be happy.

Early days, and avoiding value judgements, but it put a damn big grin on my face!

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