Verdict: Average, but fun in small doses.
What is it?
Destruction AllStars is a vehicular combat game developed by Lucid Games for the PlayStation 5, dubbed by the creators as a “global sports entertainment event where stars and cars collide.” The player assumes control of one of 16 AllStars, each of whom has access to unique hero vehicles. The goal is to seek ways to destroy the vehicles of the opponents and be the last AllStar standing.
The game ultimately has fun bursts of frantic action, but never adds up to much more than that. The crux is a simple one: drive fast and hit hard. This is often extremely satisfying to do as well, because it makes it easy to push down on the accelerator, line up your target, and then flick the right stick forward to slam into an opposing vehicle. The harder you hit the other car, the more points you’ll get: one point for a light hit, two for a medium one, etc. This scoring system works well as the basis for most of the four modes, keeping things for the most part nice and simple. The handling is slick and responsive in a very arcade style.
There is often a lot happening on screen, not least the collisions constantly taking place around the gorgeous looking arenas. However, the characters are very generic. There aren’t really distinctive personalities, just a lot of arguably stereotypical representations: imagine if someone clicked 16 times on a random Overwatch character creator and repainted them using a Fortnite art style and you wouldn’t be far off.
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