ESRB rating: Teen
Review rating: 2.5 stars
Back before games like "Alan Wake" and "Max Payne" were released, Remedy Entertainment became popular for creating a fun combat racer named "Death Rally." Now this action-packed game has been remade with upgraded visuals and several changes, but the result will disappoint core fans of the original because it now caters to casual gamers.
Racing games rarely have a storyline, and I honestly wish this one followed suit. It begins with a virtual baker's dozen of bad cops who force the player to compete in the Death Rally. Sadly, the story is told through unbearably cheesy storyboards filled with off-the-wall stereotypes. I think the story exists simply to make the story-themed races more interesting, but it doesn't work.
What would make this game more interesting is to have several more courses as well as races that last longer than one minute. Yes, you read that correctly. Each race lasts about 60 seconds and consists of three loops around extremely short tracks. Sure, they're highly detailed, but they quickly get old, and they don't provide enough time to mount a comeback if players get behind.
What makes matters worse is that virtual drivers are forced to grind these short levels dozens or even hundreds of times simply to gain enough money for upgrades. It doesn't help that the same money is used for repairs! Believe me, this is one case where getting there is definitely not half the fun.
Fortunately, this title isn't a total lemon! Controlling the vehicles is very responsive and intuitive while blasting enemies off the road is ... well ... a blast! There are also several fast vehicles to use as well as nine high-caliber weapons to choose from that range from simple Gatling guns to a fiery flamethrower!
"Death Rally" can be fun when played in short bursts, but the repetitive nature of the game discourages extended play sessions.