Preview: Next Car Game

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Next Car Game is a new demolition derby themed racing game with soft-body damage modeling, sophisticated driving dynamics and in-depth vehicle upgrading, featuring both demolition derbies and more traditional track races. It’s all about fun, breakneck racing and over-the-top crashes.

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Pros:

  • Graphics are of a high standard with some amazing detail, You can see every nut and bolt on the car, every skid mark, every bit of tread in the tyres.
  • 360 pad support from the get go.
  • Steering wheel support, Please check forums for models.
  • You get two different cars to pick. A small car and a full american muscle. You can do some tuning, swapping out engines or changing the tyre types.
  • Several race events are available with a few options on player count.
    • Derby or as we all know it Destruction Derby: 12 or 24 player events.
    • Gravel Race: 2/12/24 available.
    • Tarmac Race: 2/12/24 available.
    • Practice: Pick Gravel or Tarmac.
  • Options like TC, Anti spin, ABS can be turned on and off before you race.
  • Manual and automatic gears.
  • Damage model is incredible, In many cases breaking all laws of physics, Smah your car to half its size, see doors flail off, bonnets crumple. You can do some serious damage and surprise your self as your once elegant car is now reduced to the size of a matchbox car and running around on three wheels. Tha damage model makes Destruction Derby look like Gran Turismo levels of damage.
  • Physics, Here is where so much effort and realism has cme in. Feel every bump in the road, see tyre walls explode over the track after impact. Each tyre will independently roll around the track. Every jump, bump and crash is awesome to watch.
  • Has the same damage indicator as used in the original Destruction Derby games.
  • Win the derby event by getting the most take downs, Take downs are when you render the opponents car immobile.
  • You can see a lot of the content coming s it shows on the menu but is greyed out. The ability to buy/sell cars and setup private races being just a few.
  • The controls are fluid and work very well. All buttons on pad, wheel or keyboard can be changed.
  • Several view choices can be made, in car, bumper view and external view.

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Cons:

  • Handling on the pad feels quite loose, I couldnt see a way to tighten it up or it could be a sign my pad is dying a long painful death.
  • Only RWD cars are available at the moment, Only big difference between the cars are the engine sizes.
  • No online at all not even leaderboards.
  • Cannot change the speed dial to MPH, I like to try and keep it british in my games!
  • The external view is very close and is kind of obtrusive more than a true view point option.
  • AI are a bit sporadic and can easily fish tail you out of the way.

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In summary, The work already available to play is of a high standard. They have so much of the key elements nailed down. All they need to do now is add to it. With a bit more whizz bang pop ups in derby mode and a solid online structure, You can see this game finally delivering on a new Destruction Derby game. All we ask is we have a few updated versions of the older track, We want crazy jumps in like in Destruction Derby 2. I doubt we will see the pad mashingly great pit stops though. Give us a load of new bowl arenas for derby including the skyscraper one and we will love you for all time. To buy into the game now is a tricky one. On the one hand you do get a lot to play around with and experience, But on the other hand you will get through it quickly and updates are not as fast and constant as you would like with a game like this. You do get access to the sneek peak game, which allows you to mess around and create things. Kind of like a petrol heads sandbox if you like. That all said its all laid out to you and you just need to decide if you should jump in now or wait. Look forward to a full review when the game goes gold. Until then we will keep you up to date on new additions and please do subscribe to our YouTube as videos will soon be coming.

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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