Next Car Game Gets Multiplayer and New Name

Next Car Game aka Wreckfest From Bugbear Entertainment


This past March I purchased Next car Game on Steam Early Access and it was the first Automotive racing game that I had purchased since Gran Turismo 2 for Playstation. That just gave away my gaming age.

I don’t buy Racing games or didn’t until Next Car Game stuck it’s mad destructibility and physics into my brain like a harpoon. Furthermore, I thought I would use it for playing with my grandson on my lap because we all know kids love to smash things up. I could not have been more wrong.

In April I posted a short review to help others find this diamond in the rough. In that review I said “Wow! Did I just say Wow! This game is so different and better than other car games before it . I don’t count myself as a racing game enthusiast yet I was so impressed my jaw dropped. The physics system and damage systems are just so awesome that it blows my mind. I bought it on sale for 15.00 . If you can swing full price just get it”.

After 7 months I second that review and am saying wow again even though the game is at 29.99. It’s latest major update includes it’s name to Wreckfest and adds Multiplayer to the mix with varied game modes such as Racing, Demolition Derby, and the new Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch. Replayability is off the chart as with any quality Racing game.

A nice twist for car racing fans are the Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch modes. Instead of being limited to a single car as in the standard Demolition Derby mode the driver is allowed to rejoin the mayhem with a fresh car. This a good move for multiplayer since racing games can be drawn out and after taking maximum damage it is no fun to be a spectator. Just get back to banging!

Other features include record and replay along with multiple viewing angles to grab some of that awesome chaos to impress others with your smashy smash

Bugbear “The way it works is that it will record the whole event, and afterwards you can simply let the replay roll and watch the whole barrage of twisted metal again in different camera perspectives or even in your custom one by using the free camera functionality. It will also feature time controls (slowing down and speeding up for those cool slow-motion shots), camera lock to target car (follow), target switching, pause and resume, as well as depth-of-field and field-of-view settings. In short, all the tools you might need to create your perfect cinematic video!”

Note the free camera functionality. Powerful tools!

Graphics are a pleasant surprise and utilize Bugbear’s in-house ROMU engine. It is quite a nice looking game and stands up for those that require metal smoothness and pop from the lighting source. Near textures are satisfying even if they end up littered with smoking wrecks and fields of debris. Driving avatars appear to be placeholders at this time and I am unclear whether they will be more than static images. Crowd animation is nonexistent as well.


System Requirements

  • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
  • 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


The newly titled Wreckfest supports up to 18 players in multiplayer and the developers goal is a total of 24 once the netcode is optimized. Yes it is still early access so there are still bugs to workout. Fittingly, the Steam community is passionate and vocal about this game both at the Developer Forums and in Steam.

If you really want destructibility and chaos this game will give you satisfaction and furthermore if your appetite requires even more mayhem you will also download the Free Technology Demo.

What the hell is that?

The Free Technology Demo contains a limited version of the playground scene Bugbear uses internally to test various features like car damage and environment destruction. If you need to grind your car down to axles, gears and …Well just watch!

This developer impresses right down to the way they use Twitter





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