Strap in, gun your engine and go full throttle into the most turbocharged, hi-octane combat racing game to hit Steam. From the developers behind the epic Midnight Club series, Carnage Racing combines seat-of-the-pants driving, tricks and stunts with explosive vehicle combat in a no-holds-barred race for the chequered flag.
User reviews: Mixed (689 reviews) - 62% of the 689 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 21, 2013

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About This Game

Strap in, gun your engine and go full throttle into the most turbocharged, hi-octane combat racing game to hit Steam. From the developers behind the epic Midnight Club series, Carnage Racing combines seat-of-the-pants driving, tricks and stunts with explosive vehicle combat in a no-holds-barred race for the chequered flag.

Take on the rest of the world with Carnage Racing’s exhilarating 8-way real-time multiplayer mode and show them who really rules the road. Carnage Racing is a high-stakes game with one aim - take out your opponents, earn cash and buy upgrades that’ll power you to global victory. Get ready for the race of your life.

Key Features

Unique Gameplay
Carnage Racing is like no other racing game you’ve ever played, blending racing, strategy, combat and stunt driving into one unbeatable mix.

Multiplayer Mayhem
Show them who’s boss by taking on your friends, or players from around the world with 8 way real-time multiplayer.

Amazing 3D Graphics
Blistering graphics create an amazing feeling of speed and immersion that places you right in the heart of the action so that you see and feel every bump, smash, barrel roll and explosion.

Unique Race Tracks
Prove your skills in 21 races set across 3 tropical island race tracks, each of which is packed with ramps, boosts, pick-ups, and hundreds of alternative routes. Fill up your Phase Shift Meter and open up endless gameplay possibilities by using the Island’s mysterious warp portals to give you that extra edge.

Crusin’ Baby!
Whether you’re a gun lover, speed freak or air lovin’ trickster, we’ve got a vehicle for you. Dominate the track with 8 vehicles across 3 classes - from the gun-totin’, armour-plated “Destroyer” to the breakneck-fast “Speedster” and the nimble “Trickster” that can pull off ever more daring flips, spins and rolls.

Total Annihilation
Blast your enemies off the track with an incredible array of upgradeable weapons - including flamethrower, time bombs, decoys missiles, road sludge and energy drain.

Pimp your Ride
Spend your well-earned cash to make your car go higher, faster and even warp further with a host of performance upgrades. Make your mark and beef up your ride’s looks with a hot new paint job, go faster stripes or even some flamin’ decals up the sides.

Super Intuitive Controls
Race how you like using keyboard or your favourite PC controller.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.2 GHz or AMD equivalent (dual core)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 2000 or dedicated graphics card with 256 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: Intel Quad-core processor @ 2.4 GHz or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 4 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon HD 4000 or GeForce 9000
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.2 GHz or AMD equivalent (dual core)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon HD 4000 or GeForce 9000 or higher
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.7
    • Processor: Intel Quad-core processor @ 2.4 GHz or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 4 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon HD 4000 or GeForce 9000 or higher
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
It was great fun, until I upgraded my PC. Now the graphics card is too good, and the game tells me this by putting a large white box in the center of my display. Perhaps out of spite, or just because its annoyed Im trying to make it look better. I don't know. Buy it, but only if you hate yourself.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
164.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2015
Been playing the game for over a year now. I don't generally like racing games as they are simply bording and no fun. CR may have questionable cartoon like graphics, but its a old game, I actually prefer cartoon graphics over real world graphics. Problem with most racing games is while the graphics are good, it bores the hell out of me as its like driving home from work half the time.

This game does have some odd bugs but generally they are few and far between. I only play on the keyboard, it has very limited options but for me its not a problem anyway.

The game starts slow when you first install it, but this is good as you can get used to the tracks and gameplay. As you win more races and do the challanges you can buy faster engines and update your car. You can do stunts, go flying over ledges and ramps, blow other cars up with a range of weapons, definatly a good old fun game to play. If you are a fan of F1 type games then you will probably hate CR. If you want something which is fun to play without huge headaches of learning lots of keys, then CR is definatly worth a try.

I wish the developers would update the game. oh, and you also need some friends to play as the online gameplay seems to have long since gone. You can play on your own vs PC cars, which you have to do anyway when you first start playing.

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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2015
Played it on free weekend a long time ago... now I cant buy the game...

GG
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7 of 14 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 26, 2015
this game would be a good game however i do not advise getting it becasue no one person in all of existence wants to play multiplayer with you. im serious. not a single person anywhere will play online w/ u
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206 of 252 people (82%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 25, 2014
Steam gave me the notification that publisher Jagex was going to have a free weekend (at the time of writing) for two of their games: Ace of Spades, a Minecraft lookalike that plays like a military shooter, and Carnage Racing, a kart racer.

The free weekend hadn't started yet, but Carnage Racing piqued my interest. I like racing games, and I seem to recall maybe being vaguely excited for Carnage Racing years ago when I saw it on Gametrailers? I wasn't sure.

But outside of the Free Weekend it was on sale for $2.50, so rather than wait like a sensible human being, I bought it sight unseen.

And, boy, I learned a lesson today.

The game itself feels like it fell off of the iPhone in the worst way possible. The music is super uninspired, the sounds are limp and wimpy, the art is kind of questionable (what is up with that dude's proportions?), the cars are sluggish, and the weapons don't feel good (not only that, but you are totally, 100% defenseless in first place).

On top of that, the game informs you that you can use any USB gamepad to play the game, but does not offer any control customization options. I tried my Dualshock controller first (as I find it to be the most comfortable) but the only button that would respond was R2 - which Carnage Racing interpreted as the pause button. To get it to recognize my wired 360 controller, I had to quit out of the game and relaunch it, too. Kind of a nitpick, but still silly.

The game similarly doesn't provide any graphics customization options, with a single slider for "Quality" that goes between High, Normal, Low and Lowest. I did not notice any immediate change to the game's performance switching between these options, and driving retained sort of a jittery feeling throughout.

Carnage Racing's primary conceit is a teleportation meter that fills up, and once you pop it, you can drive through portals that warp you to an alternate path. It's kind of a cute idea but isn't utilized very well (your meter fills up so slowly that you can only use the warp once per lap, and almost always in the same spot). On top of that, warping is a little disorienting - you don't teleport in "logical space". It's literally a portal to some unrelated section of the track. It makes it hard to keep a bead on where your opponents are because even if somebody's on your left, when you warp, you could suddenly be on the opposite side of the track, above them. There's absolutely a feeling of "Okay, where even am I in relation to anything, now?" There's no immediately recognizable benefit to using it, it just looks cool.

But I could probably put up with that. I've played lackluster racing games before and gotten some amount of enjoyment from them. The real problem with Carnage Racing is that it kind of doesn't want me to play it at all.

After a certain point, tracks just... stop loading. Me and all the CPU racers will spawn in the sky and fall for an eternity. Sometimes, dumping out to the menu and re-loading back in to a race will fix it, but most of the time, it doesn't. It makes it 100% unplayable in any degree whatsoever.

On the plus side, I'm only out $2.50, and bizarrely one of the Steam trading cards I got from the game is selling for an average of $0.84, so I may yet even make my money back.

If only I could actually play it, maybe it wouldn't be such a steaming pile.
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