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Get ready to hit the pavement when you drive down and dirty with Demolition Racer for Windows 95 and Windows 98. This 3D thriill ride features one player mayhem and two player, split-screen racing demolition action. With action similar to Destruction Derby, it's pure chaos as you race without rules and regulations and with total disregard for another racer's existence.
The object of the game is not only to beat your opponents to the finish line but crush them to pieces as many times as it takes, setting their engines on fire in a blaze of glory. But, pause for a second - what would a demolition racer be without the classic derby bowl games? This game has that and then some.
Choose your own name and enter either a single race or the Demolition League. In the latter mode, you must progress by achieving the highest ranking per race in order to access locked-out arenas or cars. You've got the Rookie League, Semi-Pro League, Pro League, Endurance League and Arena League. Pick one out of eight cars, each with its own strengths and weaknesses.
Before heading off to the race you can even customize the color of your car, the logo and an optional face to go along with it. How about trying pure blue with a touch of red and white? Or choose a punk's face but hold the smiley logo. In any case, have it your way! With the face option enabled, all cars will have big placards of the faces sitting atop so that you know who's who.
Car selection is based on a set skill level system. While the Bobcat car lets you play an easy game, the Predator is for those who want to play hard. Other cars, like the Vandal and Widowmaker, are special cars only attainable through league play. They are powerful cars that can either protect you like a road block or destroy just about anything in sight.
Put the pedal to the metal as an incremental damage-causing collision system lets car parts and effects fly everywhere. Smoke, fire, shattered glass, flying hoods and wobbly tires become commonplace. Get into the game with plenty of camera angles including a bird's eye view and then kick back to watch it all again with the replay feature.
Score points for spinning a vehicle 360 degrees or kill your opponents with one shot by landing on top of their roof. Run into destructible barricades, barrels, signposts and garbage cans. Randomly placed power-ups that can enhance your chances of winning include picking up a repair wrenchs to receiving turbo boosts for extra speed. Win by mauling your fifteen opponents and getting across that finish line first.
Go the extra mile and challenge yourself with more laps, difficult handling and wacky tracks. Speaking of tracks, the soundtrack is full of heavy music from original scores to re-mixes by Fear Factory, Junkie XL, Empirion and Cirrus.
So what are you waiting for, driving lessons? Drive home the agony of defeat or the thrill of victory with Demolition Racer for the Playstation. ~ Cal Nguyen, All Game Guide