I am not one for online games. I don’t have time to commit to being good enough to play as part of a team, and so I’d rather game alone, in my own time. One recent game has buckled that trend, though: Onrush.
I don’t know what it is about Onrush, but it had me hooked from the first time I tried it. I’ve always had a soft spot for arcade racers. Maybe it’s the taste of Burnout it gives me from ramming myself into other cars. Maybe it’s the fast-paced action and the pumping soundtrack. And even though I hate being at the mercy of other online players, I can’t put the damn game down.
If you’re not familiar with Onrush, it’s a team-based racing game, but the aim is never to come first. In two teams of eight, you and your vehicular comrades have one of a number of objectives to complete – things like driving through checkpoints, or using as much boost as possible. Whatever the particular race’s objective though, there’s always a secondary goal of destroying the opposite team to stop them from winning. That means driving dirty and ramming the opposition at every given opportunity.
As annoying as it is when you’re getting crushed, taken out or forced into a wall by your opponents, that’s kind of the aim of the game. I may throw a few cursory swearwords at the TV but I carry on, trying a little harder to seek my revenge on the opposing team. What I can’t get over, though, is my own teammates trying their damnedest to destroy me.
It’s fairly simple: your team is blue. The opponent is orange. If a car is blue, they’re on your team. Don’t ram them or try to destroy them. That makes you a dick.
Technically, you can’t take out a member of your own team. If you land on a teammate’s car after a big jump, a protective bubble will save you from doing any damage, for example. But if you continually shunt a teammate from the back or side, there’s a strong chance they will lose control of their vehicle, and wreck themselves on a wall or rock, or fall off the track. So don’t do it.
Look, I get it. There are a lot of cars on the track. Teammates or not, you all want to be in the same place at the same time, so a bit of tussling is often unavoidable. It’s fine, we drive on and continue working together to smash the other team. But I see you; those of you who seem intent on destroying your teammates. You want to crush as many cars as possible and you don’t give a crap what colour team they’re on.
I’m not sure if you don’t understand the rules or get a kick out of being a dick. But either way, stop it! By all means drive like an aggressive arsehole – but vent your rage on the opposite team. The ones in orange. Not on me, your blue-coloured comrade. Taking out your teammates will just result in us losing the game. Which will make you more angry, and more likely to want to destroy your teammates. It’s a vicious cycle. So just… stop. Don’t do it.
Teamwork makes the dream work, alright?