Wreckfest 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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Release Date: Jan 14, 2014

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About This Game

Wreckfest 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.

Expect epic crashes and tight, neck-to-neck fights over the finish line on run-down racing tracks. Expect proper demolition derbies. Expect brand new ways for metal to bend and the signature once-in-the-lifetime moments that can be achieved only with true-to-life physics simulation.

It’s a motorsport, but not just any motorsport. It’s a motorsport with attitude.

Unique Racing Experience

First and foremost, we’re building a FUN racing game with PERSONALITY. It’s all about the stuff that really matters: varied tracks, cool cars, and the defining once-in-the-lifetime moments that can be achieved only with true-to-life physics simulation. If you’re familiar with our previous games, you already know what we’re aiming at: exhilarating racing action with sophisticated physics and damage modeling, only this time we’re upping the ante on almost every front. This is the game we envisioned way back in the early 2000s, only re-imagined for today’s technology and gaming standards.

Awesome Cars

The cars are old, cheap, banged up, patched together, rusty… just awesome! In short, our cars ooze with STYLE. You won’t find anything like them in other racing games. We’ve got variety, as well: everyone loves the old American heavy-hitters from the muscle car era, but we’re not neglecting the fun little European and Asian cars from the long-gone decades either. The best part is that you’ll be taking them apart and building them back up again in your garage; the career is as much about your garage and your project cars as it is about racing.

Exciting Engine

Our in-house ROMU engine is a hell-bent beast that's precision-engineered for high-speed, breakneck racing. We have also already implemented fully deformable soft body car damage, meaning that the cars will react to damage in a very tangible, convincing way. While we're focused on action, motorsport authenticity is not forgotten, either. To that end our engine is simulating vehicle dynamics in a very sophisticated fashion. Rolling resistances, casters and slip angles are definitely not ancient Greek to us, and you as the player will be the one benefiting from our expertise.

EARLY ACCESS FEATURES

The current Early Access release contains four playable cars and a number of tracks, showcasing both white-knuckle track racing and explosive demolition derby action with 24 cars that will give you taste of things to come. During the coming months we’re going to give the game a lot of polish as well as implement many new exciting features, and all Early Access supporters have a unique opportunity to get involved in the development of the title!


We’ve also giving a playable Technology Sneak Peek 2.0 to all our Early Access supporters. The sneak peek features a playground that we use internally to test various features various like car damage and environment destruction. Version 2.0 includes new destructive machinery, more dynamic stuff to blow up, spectacular stunts and an awesome physics cannon that we use to play with our physics engine. With the physics cannon you too will now have a chance to cause mayhem to heart’s content by launching missiles, throwing stuff around and destroying the environment as well as the cars!

  • Online multiplayer.
  • LAN multiplayer.
  • Five cars: American Muscle I & II, European Hatchback, American Sedan and European Coupe, with unique handling traits.
  • A number of different performance and handling upgrades, replicating selected real-world parts.
  • A number of race tracks including Tarmac, Sandpit, Figure 8 and Speedway, featuring both normal and reverse layouts.
  • Three different derby stadiums: a large stadium, small stadium and a mud pit.
  • Various race and derby game modes including Team Deathmatch with up to (!) 24 cars, all with dynamic damage.
  • Soft-body car damage physics system that doesn't need a super computer - even online!
  • Highly configurable support for force-feedback wheels, pedals and H-shifters.
  • Dynamic content that reacts realistically – fences and billboards break down, tires fly around.
  • In-game Photo Mode and Replay with a number of cameras, configurable field-of-view and depth-of-field.
  • BONUS: A playable Technology Sneak Peek 2.0 - Have fun in the physics playground!

UPCOMING FEATURES

Wreckfest is currently in early Pre-Alpha stage, and the Early Access version is going to serve as a basis on which we will continue building the game based on your feedback on what works and what doesn't. Throughout the Early Access phase we're going to gradually add more content and new features to the game, with some of the most important key features planned being:


  • Improved car damage and handling.
  • More cars, each with different stylings and performance.
  • More race tracks and derby stadiums with varying surfaces.
  • More dynamic content on the tracks to drive through and crash into.
  • Highly configurable multiplayer with a variety of modes.
  • Extensive player garage and car upgrading system.
  • In-game classifieds to buy and sell cars and parts.
  • Streamlined and polished user interface.
  • Improved graphics quality and performance.

Please note that all features mentioned here may be altered or removed during the development of the title if deemed necessary.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core 2.4 GHz or AMD Dual-Core Athlon 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT or AMD Radeon HD 3830
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX®-compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7/Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel Core i5, AMD Phenom II X4 or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570, AMD Radeon HD 7750 with 1 GB VRAM or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX®-compatible
Helpful customer reviews
65 of 86 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
Early Access Review
People need to know, the reason they have not updated is because they have been currently re doing the entire physics engine for the game. They are redoing the entire core of the game itself. Also if you browse their forums, and browse their blog there is many upon many updates. Don't you think they find their own lack of updates disturbing? Thats why they have been teasing new tracks, new cars, and many other things. They havey an entire hallway dedicated to tracks. People just need to give them time because with this new Early access it throws many things in the Game making process off. Instead of making just 1 final build that people will play and update off of that final build. They have to make several final builds, and give those to the early access. They are trying to release a "final game" as their next update. Also if you check their forums, you'd find out why there has been lack of updates. They have cars falling from the sky, they also have things that would make a car halfway through a wall. Guys be Patient, i've seen what is coming (via the forums) and this wait will be worth it.

This physics are already amazing, the cars and the tracks they have can make you playing for hours. Yes, you can only play so much with 5 cars, and i believe 7 tracks.

Just think of it this way, they know the update is taking long. Don't you think they will put more and more things in this next build to make up for it? Also, once they re-do the engine, updates WILL be much more frequent.

Just realize people. The base of the game is what takes the longest in game making.

This is a recommended buy!
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73 of 109 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
Early Access Review
At this point, I don't really expect it to be completed. Early access games allow you to "get involved with this game as it develops", but the development is just not progressing. Much like Driveclub was my last pre-order, Wreckfest will be the last Early Access game for me. Too much of a gamble.

What *is* there is a lot of fun to play with, but I can't recommend anyone gamble on this one until more signs of life are showing. I will gladly edit this review if I am proven wrong, but not until then.
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61 of 96 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
Early Access Review
No updates in months... i got ripped of lol
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42 of 66 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
Early Access Review
Could be a epic destruction derbyesk game but very slow development that has left this game feeling like a demo.

Costs way too much for the current content and lack of update, it's been over half a year since anything has been added.

Stay away, at least for now.
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33 of 55 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
Early Access Review
Don't buy. Not a single game update over last 6 months. Just some blog posts on their page.

My worst early access purchase.
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41 of 71 people (58%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
Early Access Review
Don't buy this game.


... until it's done.


And before this happens STAY AWAY.
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42 of 73 people (58%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
Early Access Review
So the game hasn't been updated in almost 6 months now, I go and check the Dev Blog, and what do I see? I see that the Dev team has been working on revamping the Menu system in the game. Are you kidding me? this is a demo derby game and instead of working on the game itself and polishing it, you're working on the Menu system, and you haven't even gotten that done...in 6 months. Lets give the Dev team a round of applause for ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ in the hands of everyone that bought this game. Please save your money, dont support a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ company.
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15 of 24 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
147.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
Early Access Review
Wreckfest as it stands is a lot of fun in multiplayer and pretty bland in singleplayer. It's going through troubles with the physics update that have lasted some 6 months preventing anything else being upgraded, and could especially do with better options for multiplayer hosting but besides that I'm glad that it's here - even in the current state I feel like I've had more than my moneys worth of entertainment out of it.

And someday... it'll get even better

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28 of 49 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
Early Access Review
The game is great, however, the lack of updates makes me think this project is stalled. It hasn't been one update since the past 6 months, and when theres updates, they are pretty minor IMO...

Do not buy before its out of early access, because I think it will take years if they even finish the game.
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35 of 64 people (55%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
Early Access Review
its an early acess game and hasnt got an update since october 2014 EARLY ACCESS i think thats a shame
buy it when something happens
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
131.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
Early Access Review
So your thinking of buying Wreckfest

6months with no update.... Also a lot of people have stopped playing so you only ever see one or two servers up with maybe 5 or 6 people racing on them.

Other than that the games a lot of fun.

Just to note: i dont really care what you do with your own money and i dont think many people will read this review so i dont really care if you buy this game or not lol ;)
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27 of 50 people (54%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
Early Access Review
Do not buy this game, it's abandoned , we have no updates since jesus .

A helpful video about the reality of the game

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGUEtpEY6WQ
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14 of 26 people (54%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
Early Access Review
Weeky Update #1 - Sorry physics problem build has been delayed.
Weeky Update #2 - Sorry physics problem build has been delayed.
Weeky Update #3 - Sorry physics problem build has been delayed.
Weeky Update #4 - Sorry physics problem build has been delayed.
Weeky Update #5 - Sorry physics problem build has been delayed.
Weeky Update #6 - Sorry physics problem build has been delayed.
Weeky Update #7 - Sorry physics problem build has been delayed.
Weeky Update #8 - Sorry physics problem build has been delayed.
Weeky Update #9 - Sorry physics problem build has been delayed.
Weeky Update #10 - Sorry physics problem build has been delayed.
Weeky Update #11 - Sorry physics problem build has been delayed.
Weeky Update #12 - Sorry physics problem build has been delayed.
Weeky Update #13 - Sorry physics problem build has been delayed.
Weeky Update #14 - Sorry physics problem build has been delayed.
Weeky Update #15 - Sorry physics problem build has been delayed.
Weeky Update #16 - Sorry physics problem build has been delayed.

Six months and counting. This game has potential and I have enjoyed the time i've played and hope it will continue to progress, but, the developer either seems to have bitten off more than they can chew or does not know what they are doing.

Either way I would wait and see what happens with this next supposedly "big physics update" before shelling out any hard earned cash for this game.

P.S. Will rereview with future updates, if they ever happen.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
Early Access Review
Last Update was Oktober 2014.Not advise
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14 of 28 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
Early Access Review
This game is maybe gonna be awesome but you have to wait about 2-3 years for that... I buyed this game 10 months ago and about nothing haven't changed in that time. This is just meh. I review again when this is game ready (Never ^^). I go play Beam NG.Drive because I like game physics more than this game physics.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
Early Access Review
I had so much fun playing this until i heard Paul Walker Senpai Scream,.... Then i hit a tree in the Philipenis XDD
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1,019 of 1,282 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
Early Access Review
More chrashes than unity
10/10
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164 of 217 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
394.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
Early Access Review
Players need to understand about the fun of this game is that it is more challenging but also more rewarding to try to actually overtake someone by using more clever racing lines. I mean, just ramming into someone is easy but what is the motivation behind it? You don't actually become better driver by doing it. It's more likely you just ruin your own race when the cars get stuck due to the 'glue effect'. If you want to wreck the cars, there are derby races for it.

In addition, I'd like to point out that the fun in racing isn't only about the results. Racing against someone who drives approximately as fast as you is more rewarding than dominating a race. I once got to race wheel-to-wheel with someone on the Tarmac track for almost two whole laps, and despite finishing second, that was one of the highlights of my online racing career. No stupid ramming, just cars overtaking each other with only minor banging of wheels, with both drivers leaving enough space to keep the racing neat and tidy :)

That is what this game should be about. Wreckfest offers a good framework for clean racing with its driving physics, but also with its damage model: the cars can undergo a few collisions with essentially no loss of speed or drivability.

This is what many racing games such as iRacing lack. They can have better physics but the cars may become undrivable after a small contact. In addition, racing is not bound to tarmac circuits, but takes place on several terrain types, such as mud and sand.
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95 of 115 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
Early Access Review
Next Car Game: Wreckfest is one of those games that you don't see often now-a-days.
Next Car Game: Wreckfest is the spiritual successor to Destruction Derby 2 for the PlayStation 1 (In my opinion of course)

I've had tons of fun with this game, not only do I feel like the cars have great handling (Even though sometimes they can feel a bit floaty) but the sensation of smashing into other cars in the arenas is amazing. SLAM! POW! BANG!
There's some good challenges in the game as well, winning the tarmac race can be quite difficult and being the last one in the arenas is quite hard to do as well however I do really love the game no matter how bad I am at it.

But, the game is not perfect, long from being it. I mentioned before that the cars might feel floaty at times and the game really hogs all the power from your computer. It's not a game for all computers. (I run it at 55 fps on almost ultra with my GTX 750ti and 45-50 on ultra)

With that said, lets just get to the pros and cons.

Pros:
  • Tons of fun (smashing into cars and half-drifting around corners)
  • Great physics
  • Great damage on cars
  • Sound effects are amazing
  • One of the best car wrecking games out there

In between:
  • Graphics compared to how much power it needs
  • Cars can be floaty from time to time
  • The variety of tracks

Cons:
  • Uses way too much power for what it really is. A game like "The Crew" uses less right now. (The beta version)
  • Computer AI can be a bit douchy from time to time.
  • The variety of cars
  • Not a great racing game (But a god damn good wrecking game)


Notes:
This game is in my opinion the spirital successor to Destruction Derby 2 and Test Drive: Eve of Destruction.
I would recommend you using a controller or a steering wheel. Playing with a keyboard is no fun.
Always have manly liquor near you when you play this game. Minimum requirement is beer.
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80 of 97 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
Early Access Review
Seeing as the game is on sale I figured I'd finally get around to writing a review for this. As with most of my reviews this is purely based on my experience with the single-player portion of the game.Next Car Game: Wreckfest is an incredibly good racing game and even in early access there's plenty to do. The main selling point of the game is its softbody physics which are pretty much to die for but I'll get into that a bit more later in the review.

+Great graphics on max settings, not sure what it looks like with lower settings
+You can compete with up to 23 other cars
+Racing mode is great fun, on some tracks in particular it becomes less of a race and more of a survival challenge on the longer races which I love
+Demolition Derby is a lot of fun
+The tracks are well thought out and are enjoyable many more times than just once
+Currently five cars with a few customisation options, not sure if there will be more apart from the Deluxe edition car
+An incredibly enjoyable Tech Demo, its good enough to be sold on its own (it isn't of course, you get it for buying the game)
+The previously mentioned soft body physics. They're incredibly realistic and it's so satisfying smashing in to another car and seeing the damage you've done to it. My one complaint about the soft body physics is the fact that it stretches some of the textures sometimes so you can often end up with an incredibly odd looking driver, it really doesn't have any impact on your enjoyment, it just bothers me a bit
+Plenty of different camera views
+Your car can only take so much damage! As different parts of your car stop working your car will get worse and worse until eventually and often inevitably you get wrecked
+Things in the environment get damaged such as walls and skid marks are left on tarmac, especially in a Demolition Derby
+Good value for money

-Feels a tad too easy at times

Verdict:
9

Already a great game I wouldn't be surprised if it gets a full 10, or at the very least 9.5, when everything gets implemented at full release.

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