|System: PS3 (PSN)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Q-Games||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: SCEA||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Aug. 24, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-8||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
For me, the game does most of its shining in Ghost Attack, a mode that allows you to compete against ghost runs of other players around the world. What makes this mode unique is that once you pick a challenge to compete in, youre matched with the ten closest players to your rank. The matchmaking makes sense and seems to work smoothly, and though youre not playing with players live, its still a great way to scratch that competitive itch.
On the production front, 2nd Lap is completely solid. The visuals are a bit plain, and again, the cars are just a bit too tiny. The framerate, however, is smooth, and everything about the game looks clean. Theres little offered, though, in the way of customization, and the graphical variety is also quite sparse.
Aurally, I wasnt terribly impressed with PixelJunk Racers. As a matter of fact, one of the first things I did when starting up the game for the first time was find the options menu and lower the music. The sound effects work well alongside the gameplay, but I wasnt a fan of the music, to say the least.
Though Q-Games has seen much success with the PixelJunk series, PixelJunk Racers has to be my least favorite of the bunch. Its perfectly competent and polished to a fine buff, but when it comes to straight-up fun, 2nd Lap doesnt pack much of a punch. Most challenges are over in seconds, yet that often feels like too long. When youre playing through what is essentially a mini-game that overstays its welcome, you know theres a problem.
If you purchased the first game, 2nd Lap will be completely free, making it a no-brainer. For everyone else, the games a hard sell at roughly $7. Between the, tiny cars and the ho-hum courses, the PS3 feels like the wrong platform for this arcade-action game. Were it a Mini (with more appropriately sized cars) priced at $2-3, I might wave the green flag on 2nd Lap. As it stands, however, you may want to try before you buy.
CCC Freelance Writer