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POSTED 18/5/14


CEL DAMAGE HD

Finish Line Games
PS4/PSN + Vita/PSN + PS3/PSN

...and now, here they are! The most daredevil group of daffy drivers to ever whirl their wheels in the *SCKZISH!* NOT *SCKZOSH!* Wacky Races!

That’s right, Cel Damage HD, a resurrection of PS2 title Cel Damage Overdrive (that possibly only we bought), is not Wacky Races. Really, it’s not.

It isn’t a cartoon. It doesn’t feature a selection of madcap racer types and associated madcap vehicles. They don’t race...

OK, we’re full of shit, of course there’s an uncanny resemblance to Wacky Races – and there’s nothing wrong with that (noting that we’re not lawyers, nor do we play them on television). But there are also liberal chunks of Mario Kart’s battle mode melded with glorious Roadrunner vs Coyote moments and much Drawn Together (which is interesting, for that came after the original Cel Damage).

Meh, whatever, what’s not to love about a crazed cartoon car-car carnage world? Well... In single player mode, the AI’s a lot sucky. You undertake any of three styles of game, in (initially) any of 12 locations within four worlds. There’s ‘Smack Attack’ (a first to whatever score all-out assault), ‘Flag Relay’ (capture the flag) and ‘Gate Relay’ (erm, just plain ol’ racing).
 
They’re all alright, save for that AI, clipping and occasional bouts of serious ‘Umm, WTF happened?!’

However, this is a multiplayer game donning single player drag. Get up to three friends, enemies or assorted others wedged onto your couch (no online – drat and double drat), fire this puppy up and you’ll lose more hours than if you were heavily drugged, surreptitiously secreted in a Turkish prison, manacled, drugged again and clonked over the head with a mallet.

Mallets! Just one of many insane cartoony weapons you’ll encounter in Cel Damage HD. It may be clunky at times, but it’s fun – and who hasn’t always wanted the title of world’s wackiest driver?

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