Welcome to the Death Race ladies and gentlemen.
Take up a position, start your engine, 5-4-3-2-1 GO !
First blood, the one with the race flag !
What a legendary game, I spent hours (days) playing Carmageddon II : Carpocalypse Now.
To be honest, I never was really fond of the race, but instead tried to crush my enemies or to run over everyone.
Carmageddon started in the 90′, this era of strange games and movies, often with a prisoner-punk-psycho-violent main character.
Inspired by the great movie Death Race 2000, the first game was released in 1997, followed by the masterpiece Carmageddon II in 1998, the mythic episode of this saga.
In 2000 was released Carmageddon TDR 2000, a quite bad game.
Back from the dead, Stainless Games got the rights of their original game and released Carmageddon Reincarnation in 2015. I didn’t try it because optimization was bad, but I tried the new Carmageddon Max Damage and it works fine.
To recap, in Carmageddon, you are in a parallel world with a lot of black humor, you have a car, opponents, and you can win by three ways : finish first the race, run over every pedestrians, crush all your enemies.
The cars are totally insane, and there are a lot of boosts and bonuses to catch with your vehicle. It can modify gravity, make yourself more resistant, make the pedestrians bigger…
It is really fun to play Carmageddon, it’s nonsense, you can’t feel like you are in a violent simulation, nothing looks like our world.
I never understood the controversy about this game. Yes, you get points by running over people and even more if you do it artistically, but you don’t drive a realistic car in a real city, it’s pure imagination !
Of course, in 1997, people were not used to gore like nowadays. I have not heard about a controversy for Carmageddon Reincarnation, and it would have been absurd when you glance at games like Battlefield or Call of Duty which often simulate current wars.
I almost forgot, don’t drink when driving if you want to win ! 😉