If there was one word to describe Codemasters’ latest racing game, ONRUSH, it would be exhilarating. This is truly a fun and exciting new game that brings a refreshing new take on racing. Usually with most racing games, the goal is to be #1 and get first place. Not with Onrush. The goal here is to make sure your team wins and without a finish line to tie you down, you’re free to pretty much do whatever it takes to gain those much needed points to your team’s total score.
You see, Onrush is all about your team. It doesn’t matter if you’re at the front of the pack or the back of the pack, there are multiple ways that you can contribute to your teams victory. That means that even those who are generally not good at racing games can be very good at Onrush. Think of Onrush as a team based PvP game, not unlike Overwatch, but with cars.
The one thing that really stands out about Onrush is that there are no finish lines. Yes there are race tracks that you’re infinitely looping around with the goal of making sure your team wins. It’s 6 vs 6 racing but during the race, but it doesn’t feel like there’s only 12 cars on the track. There’s actually way more because the game will spawn ‘fodder’ vehicles to help you fill your boost meter. They don’t do much but they do help you stay competitive. It makes the racing very hectic and fast paced which in turn keeps the game very exciting.
For now, the game only has 4 modes of play, but you can only really play 3 of them. At the moment, Ranked play shows coming soon. What you can play is Superstar mode (solo), Quickplay (online PvP), and Custom (solo or co-op on the track and game mode of your choice). Since this is a multiplayer game, you can invite a group of friends to join in with you and ‘squad’ up.
There is a very good variety of characters and vehicles to choose from as well as a crap ton of custom character skins, vehicle skins, tricks to learn, celebration poses, and tombstone icons to unlock. This is why I compared Onrush to Overwatch. Much of the game itself is quite similar and as you level up, you also gain loot crates. These are mainly just cosmetic items.
In terms of presentation, Onrush is a very beautiful game. That’s not surprising since Codemasters usually makes some pretty great looking racing games. The tracks themselves are super gorgeous and detailed and most of breakable obstacles as well. The vehicle designs and character designs are just as good and I think there’s a healthy dose of variety that most players should find a combination they like. Ont op of the visuals, the audio is also very good in Onrush. You really get a feel for how awesome it sounds when cars bang into each other and crash and the music track is loud and really gets you hyped.
While most of what I’ve said so far sounds like a full review, it really isn’t as I’ve only been grinding out the Superstar solo mode to get a feel for all the tracks and game modes. I’ll probably hit online multiplayer soon after I unlock more skins.
Onrush is the type of game for players who not only want to race and win, but also love to cause destruction and win by any means necessary. It’s a really fast paced game that adds much needed excitement in the racing genre and brings something truly new to the table that I think players will enjoy. I don’t think I’ve ever really come across a racing game where the goal wasn’t to cross a finish line and the whole team based objective thing is very refreshing. So with that said, if you’re a fan of fun games in general, give Onrush a look. I promise you that you surely will not be disappointed.
Received preview code from developer and/or publisher for coverage purposes.
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