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I notice that Carmageddon : Reincarnation is released today yesterday officially.    As a Kickstarter backer I’ve been playing various alphas and betas for months now, but here’s finally the point where the rest of yall can play the game.

It’s totally worth it.    Did you ever see the movie Death Race 2000 ?    Yeah, that’s what this is; the game producers aren’t allowed to say it.    Did you ever play the original Carmageddon, which had the world horrified with its violence ?     You should play this game.    (Today, I’m sure the game will provoke less than a yawn next to Grant Theft Auto).   Well this is a big graphical update with new game modes.

Here, I've selected the mode Death Race, which is simply a race.   Except every opponent you wreck, you can steal their laps !

Here, I’ve selected the mode Death Race, which is simply a race. Except every opponent you wreck, you can steal their laps !

But it’s cracking good fun.    Your car will behave in a way that feels very correct on the physics side, even as all the unreality of gaming sets in.   Fall off a cliff and into the water ?   Recover for a few thousand credits.     Get your car mangled horribly so it doesn’t move ?   Hold down the repair button and it magically puts itself together.   And always, there are peds to kill.

The loading screens are full of the "Giggle - Blood and death and sex" kind of silliness.

The loading screens are full of the “Giggle – Blood and death and sex” kind of silliness.

The object of the game varies, but each race/game features tracks filled with people wandering to and fro, which you can take out and waste.   One game even asks you to take out every last one of the 600+ people on the race course – never managed to do that, myself.    Destroy your opponents cars, beat them in races, and stay as “The Fox” longer than anyone else and you’re winning the contests.

Falling off the top of a bridge.   Rats !

Falling off the top of a bridge. Rats !

I put up money to back this on May 30, 2012.     It was slated for a February 2013 release.   It finally got around to being finished on May 21, 2015.    The result is worth it, but certainly cooled any ardor I had towards Kickstarter as a funding method.

I win most of these, since I selected the easiest difficulty mode.    Time to kick it up a notch.

I win most of these, since I selected the easiest difficulty mode. Time to kick it up a notch.

For sale today at $30 this is pretty darn good value.

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