In us Wreckfest Original Review for Xbox One He praised the versatility of the race, the realistic handling and the incredible destruction system. It’s clear that Wreckfest was the destruction that derby game fans have been waiting for. It was a great arcade-style racing game with a focus on hitting enemies and playing dirty. However, since its release, Wreckfest has undergone next-generation optimizations for the Xbox Series X | S. So how does Wreckfest stack up on next-generation hardware?
First, what does Wreckfest’s next-generation optimization offer? Like many next-generation updates, the Series X | S version has improved resolution and frame rate. 4K / 60fps for Series X and obviously 4K / 30fps for Series S. This update also improves visual effects such as smoke and fire. Overall texture improvements, good looking dirt tracks, and a better damage system. There is also a new 24-person online mode.
Also note that the Wreckfest next-generation update has an in-game price of £ 7.55 and doesn’t take advantage of Xbox’s smart delivery program. This is a big disappointment, especially after generally “greedy” publishers like EA and Ubisoft, not charging for renewals. And this isn’t because Wreckfest offers more than standard in this update. We’ve seen next-generation updates improve textures, effects, resolutions, and frame rates across the board. Anyway, let’s analyze how it runs on the new machine.
I tested the Wreckfest on the Series X and spent most of my play time on the Series S. The Wreckfest update is great for Series X. It looks good, the frame rate is always catching up with the on-screen mayhem, and the tracks in the dirt are especially nice. There are certainly some areas in the game that aren’t clearly visible. Some textures in the background of the track and the human audience look particularly bland. But this is probably a budget product rather than a badly optimized game.
In our first review, the Wreckfest damage system was a highlight of our experience. Damage to different parts of the vehicle made a concrete difference in gameplay. This is especially true for next-generation updates. Vehicle damage affects handling, movement, and physics in the most subtle ways, whether it’s difficult to drift or slow to turn. Make Wreckfest higher than any other racing game to create a unique experience.
In Series S, Wreckfest is a different story. Immediately, frequent frame rate drops were noticeable. I’m usually not a gamer sensitive to frame rate drops, but you should be able to see how serious these drops can be. They are especially noticeable if there are even input lags that affect gameplay.
These declines persisted and plagued the entire game. They were significantly worse in a mode focused on destruction and collision with others. But even if nothing was particularly demanding, at least on the screen, it was also present in the simpler racing modes found in other racing games. These low frame rates are a major barrier to enjoying the entire Wreckfest, and the fact that this is a paid update makes this problem even worse.
However, the reason for this is confusing. At first, I thought it was because Series S was running the Xbox One version of the game. However, although some frame rate drops have been reported on the basic Xbox One model, they don’t seem too common or distracting. It’s possible that the developer tried to use the exact same update for the Series X and Series S. That is, S tried to run a racing game in 4K at 60fps and failed. I’m not a game developer, so I can’t draw any conclusions. What I know is that I don’t recommend paying for Series S updates for now.
Apart from these nasty technical issues, Wreckfest can be a very fun racing game. As I said, the destruction of cars and the physics that accompanies them is amazing. Wreckfest has several modes that players can choose from, even ignoring career and multiplayer splits.
There is a more chaotic traditional race as Wreckfest focuses on clashing with competitors. Spinting someone out and hitting a barricade is never old. However, there are also modes that focus solely on destruction. In this mode, more than 12 players are thrown into the pits and set fire to each other. There are several more bonker options, such as all players racing on the couch. Variety, creativity, racing chops to back up everything, not to mention when the game is uninterrupted.
The only other thing that really hinders Wreckfest gameplay is the number of laps included in Career Mode. On the other hand, it can feel like the game asks me to go around many times. However, due to the destructive nature of Wreckfest, even small mistakes can set a player into a race that cannot be won.
Destruction Derby hasn’t been this good at video games for years. It’s a shame that publishers are charging for updates that affect the Xbox Series S Player in that way. When playing on Xbox Series X, Wreckfest is a fast, aggressive, chaotic and fun racing game. Especially in Series X, it looks and works very well, so I definitely recommend it. Otherwise, wait for an update on the Series S side for the time being.
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The first Wreckfest review for the Xbox One praised the versatility of the race, realistic handling, and incredible destruction system. It’s clear that Wreckfest was the destruction that derby game fans have been waiting for. It was a great arcade-style racing game with a focus on hitting enemies and playing dirty. However, since its release, Wreckfest has undergone next-generation optimizations for the Xbox Series X | S. So how does Wreckfest stack up on next-generation hardware? First, what does Wreckfest’s next-generation optimization offer? Like many next-generation updates, the Series X | S version has improved resolution and frame rate. At 4K / 60fps on Series X, obviously …
Wreckfest Xbox Series X | S Review
Wreckfest Xbox Series X | S Review
- Wide variety of modes
- Excellent Series X enhancements
- Realistic and meaningful destruction
- Billing for next-generation updates can be considered cheeky
- Not worth it in Series S
- Many thanks for the free copy of the game-THQ Nordic
- Format-Xbox Series X | S
- Version reviewed-Xbox Series S
- Release Date-June 1, 2021
- Price-From £ 7.55