Monday, January 25

Game review - Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing

Big Rigs is a PC truck racing game that was originally released in 2003. Hardly anyone's heard of it, which is a tremendous shame considering it's one of the greatest games ever made. Why?

For one thing, it’s a truck game where you drive, um...trucks. Driving trucks just makes you feel macho. This game goes further and makes you feel unstoppable. How? You can literally drive through everything; trees, buildings, and even other trucks. Even better, going uphill doesn’t slow down your immensely powerful truck. You can even drive right off the map and into the air, allowing your truck to fly in nothingness.

Have you ever felt like driving a rocket truck that goes backwards? Well…now you can. In Big Rigs, once you hold down the reverse button, you don’t stop accelerating backwards until you let go. Letting go of reverse also activates the emergency warp speed stopper mechanism thingy and stops you instantly. You can also turn on a dime, no matter how fast you are, without flipping the trucks. No game will ever make you feel more unstoppable than this masterpiece.

Another thing is that you can choose the soundtrack for the game. Most racing games have tons of crappy hip-hop songs for their play list, which really doesn’t work for a fast-paced racing game when you think about it. With this game however, you can make your own killer soundtrack. Oh yeah, you can even make your own sound effects. The graphic settings also automatically configure to your computer’s hardware, making things simpler.

Another great thing about this game is that you cannot lose, which means you will never get frustrated. When you win, it tells you “You’re Winner”, because intentionally bad grammar is both professional and funny. Sometimes, you’ll even win a race the instant it starts, saving you the trouble of pushing the win button. All this sums up what is the best racing game ever, and when I say best, I really mean worst.

This isn’t just the worst racing game ever, but it ranks with ET for the Atari as the worst game ever made. When I say you can make your own soundtrack, it’s because the game’s soundtrack doesn’t work. The game has no sound effects either, which is why you get/have to make your own sound effects…with your mouth. When I say that you can go through anything and use warp speed in reverse, I mean that the game’s physics are broken and incomplete. I take that back, the game has no physics or clipping. You don’t just drive through the buildings, but you drive through the floor of the bridges and stay on the ground.

The graphics are completely unpolished and ugly to look at. The truck lights don't even line up with the trucks properly.Half of the trucks you can chose in this game don't even include the truck trailer. This begs the question, how can you be a big rig truck without your cargo?

The gameplay is even worse than the graphics. You cannot lose because the AI truck you’re supposed to race against doesn’t do anything. The game doesn’t seem to be able to reset the race’s winner, because once you win a race, you can’t load another race without winning the very instant the race light turns green. The graphic settings can’t be changed, and neither can the controls. One last thing, there are five courses in the game; two are exactly the same, and two always crash the game when you try to load them. Hills don't slow you down one bit; you can drive up an 80 degree incline no problem.

You can also drive right off the map, and that's where things get really messed up.

This is easily the worst game I've ever played. Believe it or not, this is actually how the game was released; unfinished, untested, and incomplete. The German company behind this game no longer exists, and that doesn't surprise me one bit. This game's only worth playing if you wanted to see how incredibly bad it is, but it's not worth paying a cent for. That's really all there is to say about this game, it's incomplete, it's ugly, it's, well...

Two word review: Unfinished abomination!

As an added bonus, here's a video review from Gamespot here.

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