Friday, January 30, 2015

Chaos Ride Impressions

Chaos Ride is an insanely fast arcade racer. Jump into a hover cycle and race against the computer, or with your friends locally. The game also supports Oculus Rift if you want to feel like you are in the driver seat. Does Chaos Ride have enough to make it a big hit like Wipeout or does it fail to deliver?

You can play the game with up to four players locally but the majority of the game is played through the single player campaign. You start off with a few tracks, but by beating challenges you unlock more tracks. There's the simple race mode where you try and get first place. Eliminator mode has you race and at the end of each lap a racer is eliminated. Survival has you race to finish each lap within a certain amount of time. If you can't finish the lap in time then it's game over. 

Now my biggest gripe is how the game plays. The controls are simple up arrow is the gas and left and right arrow moves the hover bike in the direction you want. The way you generate crazy speeds is by using the turbo button which makes controlling the bike near impossible. They fix this by adding a slow motion button which slows down time to allow you to avoid other bikes. Though you can win every race just by holding the gas and holding one of the directions. Now all you have to do is spam the turbo button and you'll zoom your way to first place. Even if you hit a bike or two you'll still win almost every race if you just spam the turbo button like a boss. The slow motion button is just a waste of time. 

The game features tons of tracks but you can't fall off the tracks since they are just large tubs. This makes the game easier since you don't have to worry about falling off the track, but it takes a lot of the challenge out. The locations are pretty cool like an underwater level, desert oasis, space station, and even a city of skyscrapers. If anything I found myself looking at the backgrounds more than actually trying to play the game. 

Best part of the game are the visuals. The hover bikes look great, and the feeling of racing at hundreds of miles an hour is pretty awesome. It's pretty cool that the game takes place from the driver seat so it really gives you the feeling of being in a hover bike. Also the locations are beautifully rendered because nothing is more fun than racing by a giant shark while on the under water track. 

Chaos Ride fails on a gameplay, so it's a game I suggest to avoid. This game had lots of potential, but it just fell short on so many levels. It looks cool and feels great to zoom in a hover bike but lacks the precise controls to be an amazing racing game. If any of this interests you then pick it up on Steam right now. 

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