Computer games have made me genuinely scared of our future. Never do they paint a happy picture, and mankind is all but doomed. However, the sick and twisted part of my mind loves the brutality of the situation. People are used as pawns in gory reality TV shows where anything goes. This horrendous concept is at the core of Bloody Rally Show where you must fight for your life to entertain a wealthy crowd.
Developed by Kodo Linija and published by Digerati, it’s a top-down murderous rally racer. Set in a dystopian future where anything goes, it combines elements of Twisted Metal with the stomach-churning moments of Smash TV. It’s a blood fest that will bring out the worst in every player while making them chuckle like a maniac.
Blood Rally Show stacks the odds.
The phrase dystopian future implies immediately what type of game we’re getting. Therefore, you know the action is never going to be balanced. Now, this isn’t a complaint. No, it’s an observation! Everything about Blood Rally Show favours the overpowering and horrendous bosses of this disgusting reality TV show.
You play as a racer who has been kept alive in a cryo chamber. This protective tomb didn’t come cheap, and its owners are demanding payment. A bill of $500,000 is presented and the only way to pay is to race. This may not seem problematic, but everything costs money and you have to upgrade your vehicle to compete. Consequently, you quickly realise that paying your debt will take years and this amuses the creditors further still.
Procedurally generated seasons and plenty of gore.
When a title has such a simple concept and no real story, it can plateau early on. Fortunately, however, Bloody Rally Show utilises procedurally generated courses and events to keep things fresh. This is supported further thanks to the inclusion of couch multiplayer action. Subsequently, it was great fun blasting your mates while competing to win each race.
Other than the obvious racing elements, the game demands that you are ultra-violent throughout. There is an array of weapons to use and drifting through a crowd never gets old. The course is constantly coloured with claret thanks to its murderous ways. You may choose to leave the innocent bystanders alone, but killing them awards you with cash and XP. If you want to be the best, you need to drop your standards and put on an entertaining show.
Unlike other racing titles, this one offers different objectives in each event. You’ll take part in drag races, multi-lap affairs, gun battles, and it concludes with a special mission. These strange quests offer huge rewards for success, but dreadful penalties for failure. You’ll be asked to kill influencers in the crowd, finish in a certain position, or not leave the track. It was an excellent addition to the gameplay, as it added depth while distracting you from the racing elements.
Bloody Rally Show looks great.
There’s no denying it, Bloody Rally Show looks great! Its simple but effective top-down perspective makes the action easy to follow! Its crisp lines and rich colour palette enhance the futuristic theme while upping the gore. Furthermore, the developers have designed an array of tracks that encompass many landscapes. You’ll race through deserts, towns, highways, and more. Each is challenging thanks to the different surfaces, and the twists and turns will keep you interested throughout.
Though most of the game impressed me, the audio was lacklustre. Sadly, it offered little inspiration and the sound of the engines was annoying. Consequently, the constant buzz and drone of the cars reduced the enjoyment factor. Yet, I liked the crashing of the weaponry, the squelching of mowed down spectators, and the music. These elements prevented the audio from being awful and were the game’s saving grace.
Practice makes perfect.
Everyone knows that practice makes perfect. However, we’d rather jump in and play with little effort. Unfortunately, the controls require some finesse, and therefore, you’ll need some patience to master them. Yet, once you understand the finer points, and adjust your style for each race, you’ll dominate the field. It was great fun to drift around sweeping bends while knocking down unsuspecting humans. The challenge of mastering the controls makes this moreish and hard to put down.
The longevity is increased further because of the procedurally generated maps. Luckily, no race is the same and you never know what will happen. Moreover, there is a character levelling system and cars can be purchased and upgraded. Subsequently, the faster the car, the harder it is to control, so you must adjust your approach again. There is also the inclusion of a tough achievement list that requires you to complete the game on the hardest setting.
Bloody Rally Show is a great casual title.
There is only so much gratuitous violence that I can stomach, so I couldn’t play this for hours on end. I found the action appealing when I could play it between major titles and this makes Bloody Rally Show a great casual title. Fortunately, every season can be completed quickly, so you can make progress in a short period. I loved much that was on offer and only the audio holds it back. I enjoyed my time with it and recommend you to buy it here! Paying your debts is a pain in the arse, but sadly, it has to be done. Can you use your skills to kill, maim, and be victorious? Jump in your car, start the engine, and mow down anyone in sight.