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E3 2016 – Carmageddon: Max Damage retains the franchise’s addictive and wacky carnage

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Carmageddon Max Damage (5)

It has been a long, long time (many years actually) since I played a Carmageddon. I really miss the crazy arcade driving the series is so well known for. Oh, and its insane carnage (see: pedestrian destruction and car combat) too I suppose.

Bah, who am I kidding? That’s the best part of the game! Who doesn’t love the fresh smell of smouldering car remains in the morning? I know I certainly do.

If you like me, miss the good old days of racing (what’s with this silly “cross the finishing line first” business anyways?), well, you’re in luck. There’s a new Carmageddon on the way, called Max Damage. Is it any good? I took it out for a quick spin at E3 to find out.

Carmageddon Max Damage (1)

It’s just as nostalgic as I hoped it would be. For starters, my hands on time kicked off on the opening map from the very first game (which as a side note, released almost two decades ago).

That sprawling city playground I drove around endlessly in my younger days looked exactly how I remembered it, except it had modern coat of paint. The visuals of Max Damage aren’t bleeding edge though mind you. There’s a definite cartoon feel instead of actual realism.

I feel that suits the game perfectly however. A photorealistic rendition of the chaos taking place in screen would be… yeah it just wouldn’t feel right.

Carmageddon Max Damage (2)

If you’ve played a Carmageddon before you’ll know that, yes, you can win an event by doing a couple of laps (like all those other boring racers of today), but where’s the fun in that? The real joy of the game comes from exploring every single corner of the map, and discovering all of its nooks and crannies and Easter eggs. Oh, and murdering everything in sight obviously.

During my demonstration for example, I got off the track and headed straight to the stadium, where I formally introduced all the burly footballers to my car’s front bumper. They were all running at me for some reason I might add – which the developer overseeing my session later told me, was the result of one of the power ups I had driven over.

Carmageddon Max Damage (3)

How could i forget – Carmageddon has loads of wacky power ups! The one I had picked up made all the pedestrians head toward me, instead of flee in terror. Another sucked them all in like a vacuum cleaner, which was particular satisfying.

These power ups are all useful of course, if you’re trying to win the event by running everybody over. That’s a completely viable option in Max Damage by the way, just as it was in the original game.

The best way to win an event though, without a doubt, is by destroying every car opponent. Those in my race were especially annoying, and did everything in their power to end my driving career in smoke and flames. I wasn’t going to stand for any of that, so I responded to their attacks with my own. My session was short sadly, so I never had full opportunity to destroy every single one of them.

Carmageddon Max Damage (4)

If my time with the game taught me anything, it’s that Carmageddon: Max Damage retains the franchise’s ridiculous carnage in excellent fashion. I don’t think it will appeal to every modern gamer though, truth be told. Hunting down pedestrians and dealing destruction to opponents isn’t for everybody I suppose.

Fans of the series however, will be pleased for sure. There’s a lot of content shipping with the game (a dozen maps, 30+ cars, 90+ power ups), both familiar and new, which should keep their desire for car chaos well satisfied.

The wait for the release of the final product isn’t too long at least. Carmageddon: Max Damage will be launching in just a few short weeks, on July the 8th.

Last Updated: June 23, 2016


  1. Ottokie

    June 23, 2016 at 14:06

    So who is joining me on this for MP? xD


    • VampyreSquirrel

      June 23, 2016 at 14:26

      Not me unfortunately.


  2. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    June 23, 2016 at 14:08

    Please please please include Taxis for us to drive


    • Greylingad[He Charges!]

      June 23, 2016 at 14:27

      The Gauteng ones?


      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        June 23, 2016 at 14:40

        There’s a difference?


        • Yondaime

          June 23, 2016 at 15:25

          Yes? Gauteng is the worst?


          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            June 23, 2016 at 15:33

            Gauteng is always the worst 😛

        • b1nd3r

          June 23, 2016 at 16:03

          All gauteng taxis come without indicators and +25 to car agility and 50% damage reduction due to the fact that duck tap fixes all.


    • HairyEwok

      June 23, 2016 at 14:57

      Driving in a taxi and getting cunning stunt bonuses by forcefully placing people inside the car 😀


  3. Alien Emperor Trevor

    June 23, 2016 at 14:10

    Are there still cows? That “mooooo” every time you ran one over was gold.


    • HairyEwok

      June 23, 2016 at 14:55

      The cows and the checkpoint guy…. Would drive through the checkpoint and hear ” wrooooong checkpoint” and not be worried at all. There were people to drive over and other vehicles to destroy to get time 😛


  4. VampyreSquirrel

    June 23, 2016 at 14:30

    Might want to note in the article that this is ONLY PS4 and Xbox One.


    • Dresden

      June 24, 2016 at 01:26

      Thanks for the info. Here I was getting excited and everything until I read this 🙁


      • VampyreSquirrel

        June 24, 2016 at 08:29

        That was me too… I went looking for it and found the site stating that it’s only PS4 and Xbox One, and my heart sank.


        • Daniel Tejnicky

          November 6, 2016 at 01:27

          Guys it just got released for Steam… dont worry =D


  5. HairyEwok

    June 23, 2016 at 14:50

    Still play Carmageddon 2 to this day. Fantastic game to play if you have some steam to blow off.


    • th3SiCn3ss

      June 24, 2016 at 11:24

      there is a new version currently on steam called “Carmageddon: Reincarnation” the reviews aren’t that good though, honestly it looks like a remastered version of Carmageddon…



      • HairyEwok

        June 24, 2016 at 12:53

        Yeah I followed it until release. Glad I didn’t back the game or purchased it. Somehow this new Carmageddon lost its charm.


  6. Admiral Chief Maximum Effort

    June 23, 2016 at 15:11

    • Admiral Chief Maximum Effort

      June 23, 2016 at 15:11

      Love that song


  7. Peter Pan

    June 24, 2016 at 07:26

    All I see in the screenshots is damage to vehicles!!! I wanna see damage to people (pixel people of course)!!! That was the core of Carmageddon! How far you could knock pedestrians across the screen, or how hard you could knock them into a solid structure, like a wall or cliff!


  8. Avithar

    June 27, 2016 at 14:28

    oh the memories of this game…


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