Destruction Derby Review (PlayStation 3)

Developed by Reflections and published under Psygnosis, This 1995 beast of a game blew up on the scene. Bringing us banger racing from a whole new perspective. How were we to know this would go on to be a cult classic series. Let’s take a look back at this gem with our Destruction Derby Review.
Destruction Derby Review

Destruction Derby Review Pros:

  • Nice graphics.
  • PlayStation 1 game emulated onto the PlayStation 3.
  • Racing gameplay.
  • Racing is fast and frantic straight from the off.
  • The campaign spans stock car racing to full-on destruction derby bowl championships
  • Bowl races involve 12 cars all in an arena smashing each other up earning points, Bonus points for wrecking opponents, or causing them to spin out.
  • Clever-level designs.
  • Text pop up of actions like 360 spin or T-Bone.
  • Hud shows a 2D model of your car with color-coded damage.
  • Race announcer.
  • By today’s standard this would be called Dark Souls on wheels, Fighting with opponents is a gamble and you will fail ALOT at first, Perseverance is the key to success
  • Music is banging giving us techno to mad hard metal
  • Levels are big and offer a lot of danger included the dreaded figure of 8 circuit
  • Great satisfaction when you tap someone’s back wheel and cause a spin-out that in turn causes a huge pile-up.
  • Handling before any smashes is tight and not overly sensitive
  • Full damage model from doors and bonnets falling off to full blowouts of engines, Fire erupting from the engine, Tyres bursting or straight up falling off.

Destruction Derby Review

Destruction Derby Review Cons:

  • It’s way too easy to completely wreck your car after just a few shunts.
  • Tracks are too narrow to do any proper maneuvers.
  • Campaigns can get very repetitive most notably the bowl championship.
  • If you get knocked the wrong way on a junction it’s nigh on impossible to rectify it without wrecking in seconds.
  • No way to get health back.
  • Difficult.

Destruction Derby Review

Destruction Derby:
Developer:  Reflections Interactive (Now Ubisoft Reflections)
Publisher: Psygnosis
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Destruction Derby Review
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  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10


In summary, the game is a great game as long as you prepared to put the time in. Yes, it’s harsh but then who said it would be easy. The sequel fixed a lot of the issues found in this game and improved on the core game play, But don’t let that put you off trying out the original. So buckle up and 3….2……1…….GO!

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!