Reckless Getaway Review

Reckless Getaway Review

Aug 26, 2011

I’m more of a demolition derby kind of guy when it comes to racing games. Running a track backwards, causing pile-ups and watching chaos ensue are a lot more fun to me than the constant striving towards perfection, as you race a tighter line and attempt to shave fractions of a second off your record. Thankfully, there’s none of that in Reckless Getaway. It’s all about over-the-top stunts and crash-’em-up action.

There are two different ways to play this game. The first is Getaway mode, where you’re the wheelman in a bank heist, attempting to outrun the cops at any cost. But the focus isn’t on how fast you can go, it’s squarely on collecting loot, using power-ups and performing stunts as you attempt to break through the road block at the end of each level. There’s also plenty of crashing and smashing going on, but you run a high risk of turning your car into a twisted, burning wreck. Times aren’t important; the only thing that matters is getting to the end while causing as much damage and racking up as many points as possible.

The other way to play is Wreckless mode, where the emphasis is fully on destroying everything in your path from the cab of a semi-truck. It’s similar to Getaway except that the cops aren’t hounding your every move. Your truck isn’t indestructible, but it can certainly take more of a pounding while dishing out plenty of hurt to everyone else on the road. It’s a great mode to play, if you’re tired of being blown to smithereens and want to exact some heavy metal revenge.

Where Reckless Getaway really shines is in the graphics and sound department. The game just looks phenomenal. The top-down, 3D perspective is set back just far enough that you can see all of the action without the cars appearing small enough to get lost in the details. The most impressive aspect, however, is the sound of the game. Every bump, scrape and crash comes right through, lending some credibility to the environment and making for a much more immersive experience. I was particularly impressed by the deep growl of the car’s engine and exhaust note, as well as the sound of the truck revving up to speed in Wreckless mode.

One flaw in the game comes at the very beginning, when you first start it up. Reckless Getaway has to download content before you can play it. I won’t fault the game for this unfortunate approach to content updating, but it was an annoying, unexpected delay that lasted a few minutes, at least. The game assures you that this is a “one time only” process, and while some users have reported crashes during this process, I experienced no such thing. It was a minor annoyance, at worst.

Reckless Getaway is a great looking game that offers a sincere level of fun with plenty of challenge and high-speed thrills.


Reckless Getaway Review Rundown

10
Graphics/Sound - The visuals are rock solid; this is just a great looking game. You can easily see all of the action without getting lost in the details, and the sound is especially praiseworthy, featuring a rockabilly/surf rock soundtrack that helps the feeling of foot down, pedal-to-the-metal action.
8
Controls - The controls were just a little floaty, but this might be due to the car's handling more than the touch controls. You have to get used to tapping the direction you want to go rather than holding the buttons down. I'm usually not a big fan of tilt controls, but I think I actually preferred them for this game.
9
Gameplay - There's a lot of fun here, but the challenge is very high. Trying to smash through as many objects and cop cars as you can without wrecking yourself is a lot harder than it sounds. With the emphasis on performing over-the-top stunts as opposed to racing to the end as fast as possible, Reckless Getaway opens itself up to be much more enjoyable.
7
Replay Value - With 16 tracks, the game might appear to be a bit short, but when you consider the high difficulty level and the additional mode, you'll probably be playing for a while until you can perfect every level.
8.5
Overall - Great visuals, lots of fun and plenty of challenges await you in this arcade racing, crash 'em up game. An absolute blast to play.

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Dale Culp
Dale Culp has been writing about video games in print and on the web for the better part of the last 10 years. From the Atari 2600 to the Xbox 360 and beyond, he's covered just about everything. You'll find his work in places such as TheWeekender.com, GoLackawanna.com, Gamesylvania.com, EscapistMagazine.com and even IGN.com
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