If you're a fan of vehicular destruction, stunts and bursts of speed, Crashday: Redline Edition ought to be on your radar - it's the most recent addition to Steam that serves all three up for you in one neat package.
An enhanced re-release of the original Crashday that provided gamers with high-octane thrills and spills way back in 2006, it proves that fun doesn't deteriorate with a game's age. At least not when the said game's genre has seen no real progression or break out titles that change up the formula since its conception.
To put it simply, Crashday: Redline Edition has it all. Those who desire a little human interaction will revel in the game's online mode, exchanging paint with drivers from around the world. Those who like more a structured story driven experience can delve into the game's single player career mode, buying and upgrading vehicles as they go. Those just looking for quick thrills, on the other hand, can engage in numerous minigames, aiming to set high scores.
A robust track editor means that some players may enjoy creating their own content to keep to themselves or share with the community. And the game's new Steam Workshop support means that mods can also be created and shared. The wise gamer will probably do a little bit of everything that Crashday: Redline Edition has to offer, but how you spend your time is ultimately up to you.
In terms of gameplay, Crashday: Redline Edition offers a wide variety of event types that never fail to raise a smile. Hold the Flag challenges you to take control of a big yellow smiley face before racing through a number of checkpoints. Stunt Mode has you pleasing audiences with crazy jumps and other death-defying acts. And then, of course, there are standard race events for those who want to concentrate on their driving finesse.
For the more violently inclined, Wrecking Matches let you engage in vehicular slaughter, with or without the assistance of mounted weapons. Pass the Bomb is like pass the parcel but with a bomb, and you don't want to be the one left holding it when it goes off. And Bomb Run demands you to travel through checkpoints while staying above an ever increasing speed threshold. It all makes for an eclectic yet highly enjoyable mix.
Making a return is Crashday's pretty awesome, if not a little cheesy, soundtrack. A heady mix of rock and electronica, those who remember it fondly from back in the day will no doubt feel an overwhelming sense of nostalgia upon hearing it, while those new to the game will probably just appreciate that it's not a blockbuster movie-like orchestral score as seems to be the norm these days. It's a good job that the soundtrack is there to please your ears though, as the sound effects are pretty dull.
Being an enhanced re-release, there's been a lot of effort put into Crashday: Redline Edition to make it a worthwhile upgrade. Over 100 bugs have been quashed to make the experience more robust, gameplay balance has been tweaked, controller support improved, the visuals given a bit of a spruce up, and the range of tracks expanded. For its £8.99 asking price, Crashday: Redline Edition may undoubtedly be dated in certain areas, but it still has a lot of entertainment to offer a modern gamer.
If you fondly remember the original Crashday or are in the market for a content-filled, action-packed driving game, you'd be wise to consider picking Crashday: Redline Edition up. It won't break the bank, but it's very likely to put a huge smile on your face.