Hands On With SpeedRunners

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In a city filled with superheroes, getting to crimes becomes a competition on it’s own. Fortunately there are enough rockets, bombs, grappling hooks, spikes, and other goodies lying around — to make the competition fun. Welcome to SpeedRunners.

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Pros:

  • Good graphics.
  • Fast as lightening gameplay.
  • Full 360 pad support.
  • Very N+ in look and feel.  Race your opponents while sliding and jumping over obstacles. Grapple onto ledgesand pick various paths in order to win. Jump off walls, turbo run on straights, This is free running!
  • Online mutiplayer.
  • Offline multiplayer.
  • Race offline with bots for practice.
  • Levels are big and have multiple routes available, Some only accessible by hitting a switch.
  • Several characters choose from, All very different in look and play the same.
  • Collect pick ups as you race, They can add the ability to grab your opponent and drag them behind you, Or drop barrels or run faster. There are many scattered through out the levels and bring the pain to your opponent.
  • Best played with four friends as the laughter and fun will never stop.
  • Simple control scheme along with the ability for you to map your own controls so no excuse.
  • Offline play is done via one player on a pad and another on the keyboard.
  • Lobbies can be filled with a mix of offline/online and bot players.
  • Friend invite system now in place to make managing games easier.
  • Clutter free game screen.
  • You can see all players on screen at the same time and when your hit by the edge of the screen you are eliminated and can only look on as the other racers carry on. The remaining players have to contend with the screen getting smaller.

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Cons:

  • No single player but then if there was, I could see it getting rather boring.
  • Bots are still very much work in progress and can get stuck in the level. No difficulty modifiers are available for them or which character they play.
  • More levels needed or just make the levels bigger.
  • Finding a game online can be a bit buggy and finding anyone can be a mission.
  • No achievements or trading cards at the time of writing.
  • No customisation options for the characters.
  • No video options and very basic audio settings.

In summary, The game is great fun and a perfect game for when you just want to muck around with mates. It draws a lot from the N+ games but is no where near as brutal in the level design. Despite still being in the early days of early access, The game does show a lot of potential and has had many substantial updates since release. It just needs more content added to it and a level creator would be perfect. But don’t be put off buying it. You still get a lot of enjoyment from the game as is, But you will ultimately feel it needs more. At the time of writing two new levels have been added to the game but I haven’t had a chance to try them out yet. Best advice is to wait it out for a while and see how much more content will be added. Its going to be great, Its just a question of how long you have to wait until it gets there,

 

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!

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