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 (652 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 21, 2013
Popular user-defined tags for this product:

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Buy Carnage Racing

Buy Carnage Racing 4-Pack

 

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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2014
It's a pretty fun racing game. It may not be in everyone's taste, but I would recommend it if you just want a fun arcade racer to kill some time.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
One of the best racing games I've played, full of action. It sort of reminds me of the old Highway 35 games. I definitly would recommend this game.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
This game is a lot of fun. If that's enough for you than stop there, but here's why: It's gameplay is so different and fast paced that it seem almost glitchy but hilariously fun. I would only recommend if you have 2 or more friends to play with as it is a GREAT party game. (Online that is, it doesn't have local multiplayer as far as I'm aware of.) Deffinately buy the 4 pack if it's on sale.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
I basically got all the possible stars during the free weekend, and enjoyed playing this game! I bought it so I could keep playing. Only annoyance now is that it gets a bit boring once you upgrade all your cars and have no one to play against. There is no LAN or local multiplayer, which stinks because this otherwise would be a good replacement for Cro-Mag Rally on my Mac. Apparently this game is on Facebook and iOS--if you let PC/Mac versions play against players in either of those systems there would be a lot of players online. Now, online multiplayer works and gets you into a game, but the only players appear to be bots if no one else is online.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
pretty cool wish it had more realistic graphics though... but over all 4.9 out of 5
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
I feel like i'm playing a phone game.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
195 of 232 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
68 of 103 people (66%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 24, 2014
Utter twaddle. It might actually pass the time for a few hours if it didn't insist on keyboard as an input. It says you can use a controller, but the only button it recognises on a 360 pad is Start, with no button mapping options.

2/10
Must try harder
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
36 of 49 people (73%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2013
A truly unremarkable cart racer. Menus are fine, but everything else seems rather weak. No sense of speed. Aside from the 'warp' mechanic, very uninspired with dodgy controls. You're way better off with a deal on Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed if you want a PC cart racer.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 2, 2014
Very buggy.
"Finished x" often stays displayed after a race is over making you return to the "garage" to clear it.
You can be dead last and get hit from behind with weapons.
Lots of "holes" on the tracks where you can fall off the map.
Occasionally won't receive the $$ at the end of the race.
Other drivers seem to keep pace with you instead of running their own race.
Many places on the tracks you can't turn around w/o wasting significant time, which is an issue if an exposion or wreck turns you around.
Cars seem to drive worse the slower you go, which makes a 3-point turn much harder.
I've had my car get "reset" off the road after a crash, and revered through a warp into the ocean.

Worst problem: No way of knowing what weapon upgrade you'll receive, and the further back you are in the pack the more likely you'll get a warp weapon to move you up in the pack. Really sucks when you're trying to hit the "get four "collect 3 weapon hit"" or any other weapon acheivement.

I'll cross my fingers for patches.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
23 of 31 people (74%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2013
No controller support in menus. The tutorial has menu pop-ups every few seconds, so you have to put the controller down to pick up the mouse and vice-versa. I gave up in the end.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
22 of 30 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 26, 2014
Carnage Racing is obviously a port of a mobile game of the same name. I have no idea why this game was released on a PC. It will be probably an acceptable game to entertain yourself while waiting for something, but PC definitely has much more interesting games to play.

The game is made badly and has a lot of bugs and imperfections, many players experiencing them, what you can see on a screenshots. It starts from wrong pop-up messages on buttons and inability to change sound volume and ends with rendering bugs and unstable multiplayer.

Playing a career is not so fun, bots are quite stupid, but playing a multiplayer is much more entertaining. However, sometimes I was winning a lot of games in a row with almost no competition. Background music is represented by the single annoying looped track.

The game definitely doesn't worth its current price. Its real cost is 2.5 times less.


This game is based on ideas of two great games of late 90's - early 00's — Re-Volt and Stunt GP — with a little changes and additions.
Playing Re-Volt always was and still much more entertaining and competitive for me, even with bots in career. Even after 15 years from release this game is still alive!!!

So, what Re-Volt can offer to you:
  • the game is officially abandoned, and can be downloaded and played for free;
  • the game has a build-in track editor;
  • the game has a lot of beautiful user-made tracks and cars;
  • the community is still releasing updates (occasionally);
  • many people are playing online every day and online championships are held every month;
  • new user-made tracks and cars are released every so often...
With all of this you will never be bored!!

If you became interested in playing Re-Volt, then there are some things for you to know:
I hope after all of the above you will prefer to play Re-Volt rather than this game. Have fun!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
38 of 63 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 25, 2014
something is wrong with this game. i think it may be limited to 30 fps.

the graphics are nothing to write home about yet it still runs slow on a phenom2 965/16gb with r9 270x.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
55.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2014
wicked ....well worth the money spent.
Played around 20hrs last couple of weeks....very addictive. 10/10
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
21 of 35 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 24, 2014
This game should not be a racing game!!!!!
you have to beat about 6 races out of the 21 there are (if you got all 5 stars on each) to buy a new car!
the money? gets you paint jobs and you get a huge amount of it for nothing. well maybe the upgrades you get when you pretty much beat the game or get 5 stars on a certain amount of races!


i rate it 4/10
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
69 of 128 people (54%) found this review helpful
20.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 5, 2014
Carnage Racing is NOT a free to play, micro transaction, pay to win game. it did come from this model over on Facebook but when ported to PC that all changed. This game went on sale for dirt cheap during the 2013 holiday sale. I purchased the 4 player pack and gave them out to some friends as gifts. I knew it featured 8 player Multiplayer so I figured, its a racing game, 8 player MP and cheap. how bad can it be?

Carnage Racing is not what I expected, it was more, way more. It has physics that are completely un realistic and un natural, the pace is slow and dragging, the stunts suck and the points you get really don’t matter. But after the end of each race I'm laughing, competitive, happy and craving the next race!

There is something about a game that plays simple, is low key and just does the bare minimum. Micro transactions are gone, pay to win is gone and you get the full game with your initial purchase. The game play is fun and easy to pick up and play no matter your skill level. "Phase Shifting" allows you to warp ahead of other players here and there, and the selection of weapons is limited to 4-5 types, so its not confusing. At the end of the race, you may be a good driver but if you know how to use weapons correctly, you can smack that 1st place outta there!

I love Carnage Racing, its probably some of the best laughs I've had with my homies playing online, please get it and let me know so you can join us!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
35 of 63 people (56%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2013
For the price it's well worth it, especially if you share a four pack (only $6.75 in the US).

I was a little disappointed in the handling of the vehicle, acceleration felt sluggish, and there was no drifting; that said, this ain't no Need for Speed, Dirt or Grid, so I really can't complain. Graphics are pseudo realism, with a vague cartoony style. I believe it originated on Facebook.

There' a multiplayer option, that was inhabited, so you'll get some competition with real people if you wish. I also liked the weapon power ups and portals, which added a new dimension to racing games. Also you can spend money on upgrading your vehicle. Maybe once i've earned enough and upgraded to the best engine etc, It'll feel less sluggish. I easily won my first few races and i'm no expert.

On the whole and at the price i paid for it i'm happy with the game.

Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
13 of 21 people (62%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 26, 2014
Would uninstall again.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 27, 2014
Carnage Racing is a cool online racing game. There are not many games out there like this!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 27, 2014
Picture yourself in one of those gigantic racing game booths that you find at arcades - rubber steering wheel, gum on the seat and all. This is that, but in your house, with better music, with multiplayer mode, more cars, more achievements, and more fun. I've had it for two days, and I've already played it for 10 hours.

Carnage Racing is unpredictable and fun. That's the bottom line. You can pick up weapons throughout the race course, and you never know whether somebody will slow you down, bomb you, portal up next to you... Or maybe you'll do the same to them. It truly is carnage. I also appreciate the pun in the title, which is a pretty big plus. As expected from Jagex, always slipping little jokes into their games.

There are a few downsides, of course. The campaign is pretty easy. There aren't any instances when you're on a hairpin's breadth, trying to beat an AI. It only took me about five hours to get all the achievements and fully upgrade a few cars (with some EPIC paint jobs, I might add.) The AIs are a bit stupid, often crashing into you at the start, but after that things straighten out and get fun. The maps are a bit blurry. I'm often lagging when I enter a new game zone. 'Game zones' - the entire game is made up of maybe seven different map sections, lasting thirty seconds or so each. Each map is a little boring, because it's just a new combination of a zone or two. That's about it, though. I've read about other people having glitches, but I haven't, so I don't care.

Looking past some of the downsides, once again, this game is fun. The cars handle well, the weapons are pretty epic, and what it loses in refined content, it makes up for in raw imagination. As someone who's played a lot of Jagex sidescrollers and other games - Arcanists, Armies of Gieleinor, Runescape, you name it - this fits among the rest of them quite well. It's up to you whether you like that or not. I do!

Thanks, Jagex!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny