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Gas Guzzlers Extreme Review – Road Rage? No Problem!

Posted on October 22, 2013 at 3:50 am by Justin Cavender

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I’m willing to bet that you’ve probably experienced road rage at some point in your driving career. Perhaps some punk kid cut you off, or maybe an old lady occupied two lanes on the highway. Whatever the case might be, did the thought of blowing up their vehicle ever cross your mind? Sure it did, and Gas Guzzlers Extreme will grant you revenge towards any inconsiderate son of a b*tch that rams you off the road. It’s time to do what you’ve been dreaming about all these years and blast their vehicle to hell. In this game, violence is not only encouraged, it’s also a way of life.

Rules of the Road Need Not Apply

Gas Guzzlers Extreme is a fast-paced, shoot’em up racing game loaded with hours of entertainment. In the single player campaign mode, players must begin in the lower circuits and race their way to the big time. Doing so will unlock more vehicles, tracks, weapons and performance upgrades. While there’s definitely plenty of work to be done in the single player campaign, I found much more enjoyment racing online in various multiplayer modes.

Gas Guzzlers Extreme Bucket

The single player campaign starts off pretty rough in the Clunker Series. All of these vehicles are total buckets fit for clown college rejects. At times, it might even feel like pulling teeth trying to get a handle on your pile of junk. Luckily for you, the entire field is loaded with crappy cars, which evens the playing field nicely. This is where your skills behind the wheel will net you wins, and you won’t have to rely on your arsenal to take the checkered flag.

Players have a few options for putting miles on their ride. I mainly focused on four types of racing events, which included power races (no weapons), battle races (guns blazing), knockout races (elimination), and sponsored events. The knockout races are tough monsters to tame, featuring eight racers in a seven-lap event. The vehicle running in last place after each lap is eliminated in a fiery explosion. I believe Ricky Bobby had the right idea when he said, “If you’re not first, you’re last.”

This is Thunderdome!

Gas Guzzlers Extreme shifts the momentum into high gear with engaging multiplayer modes. Players are able to create vehicle presets, which allow you to maximize your efficiency for any given type of race. Unlike the single player campaign, the multiplayer mode gives players several vehicle and weapon options right from the beginning. No more cruising around in an ugly death-box with people pointing and laughing at your ridiculous ride. No sir, you’ll have a fully customizable whip right at your fingertips.

There are seven different multiplayer modes (classic race, power race, battle race, knockout, deathmatch, last man standing, and capture the flag) to cater to your racing preference. At the time of writing this review, I have yet to try last man standing or capture the flag. My one and only deathmatch featured a multilevel parking garage loaded with power-ups, and 10 kills meant victory. The match lasted just over 4 minutes with me finishing in last place. Regardless, I still had fun and picked up on the basics.

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Thirsty For More

Gas Guzzlers Extreme features over 40 tracks, 8 arenas, 18 vehicles, and 12 different weapons. These numbers might not sound like much when compared to other racing games like Need for Speed, Grid, Shift, or even Gran Turismo. Is the game perfect? No, but it’s certainly fun to play, especially online with friends. I’ve been playing racing games my entire gaming career, which by the way dates back nearly 30 years. I enjoy all forms of racing, and this arcade-style racing shooter is no exception.

I would like to see more vehicles, weapons, and tracks added in future DLC. As of right now the multiplayer population does seem a bit low, but I didn’t have trouble finding a game to join. As it stands, the single player campaign can feel like a grind with little rewards. Given the accessibility of vehicles and weapons in multiplayer, you might find yourself blasting players over silly bots any day of the week. Other minor gripes include the accordion effect (cars miraculously catching up) and the inconsistency with the handbrake. I get that last one is likely user error, but I find it interesting how sometimes avoiding the wall appears to be impossible. The handbrake issue was not a factor in my overall scoring, but I felt it was worth mentioning.

Presentation: 8.5

Gameplay: 8

Replay: 8

LEGACY SCORE: 8.2

This review is based on the Steam version of Gas Guzzlers Extreme provided by Iceberg Interactive.

Geek Legacy’s review scores are on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest possible score.

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