Game Review: Calling All Cars!
Posted by Jay on Tuesday, May 15, 2007
We here at Next-Gen Gamer would like to announce a new feature to our little blog…game reviews! We know, we know, it’s been done before. But we want to help you, our readers, with your gaming selections. We’ll try to be as unbiased as possible, but keep in mind that these are our personal opinions on the games, so you don’t have to take our word for it. With that said, the lucky first review goes to the recently released PlayStation Network game from God of War creator David Jaffe…Calling All Cars!
The concept of the game is very simple. Criminals have escaped a jail and your job is to bring them back to jail. Easy enough, right? Problem is, there are three other people competing with you, trying to do the same thing.
At the start of a game, a criminal will pop up out of the ground (imagine those cartoons where criminals try to dig themselves a tunnel to get out of jail), and all four players will try to pick the criminal up and take him back to the police. Whoever gets to the criminal first will have a siren placed on top of their car and a game of tag will ensue. The other three can steal the criminal away from you by ramming into you, or by using one of the in game weapons. You score by taking him to the police station, by putting him into a paddywagon, or by driving under a police helicopter and waiting for them to pick the criminal up. The more difficult the method, the more points you get. Once you score, another criminal pops up, and the process repeats. Whoever has the most points at the end of the round wins.
The graphics look pretty darn good. Everything is cartoony so this game can’t be critiqued for not being realistic. The levels are well drawn out and the many different cars look cool. I didn’t notice any framerate issues and playing in high definition is just great. I don’t think I can say much about the graphics because of the whole cartoon feel. It’s either you like it or you don’t.
Gameplay is this game’s selling point. Calling All Cars! is a game of rugby, racing, and hot potato combined. It’s so easy to get into as the controls are very simple. A lot of reviews had gripes with the single player mode, but I didn’t find it that bad. The one problem I had (and I still do), is that some of the cars are really hard to unlock. One of them can be unlocked by not letting your opponents score for 5 minutes on a certain map on Captain (hard) difficulty. That’s a lot easier said than done. However, that’s not much of a hassle because the amount of cars available at the beginning are good enough if you’re just going to play multiplayer.
That brings us to the meat of this game, its main selling point: multiplayer. Playing with other people, whether it’s split screen on one console or online over PSN, is an absolute blast. With the game being so fast paced and the criminal bouncing around from car to car, things can get really competitive, while being really fun at the same time. Playing online is really fun, virtually lag free, and being able to play 2 player splitscreen against other people online is great if you have someone to play with at home. If the single player isn’t doing it for you, the multiplayer will keep you coming back.
Calling All Cars! is a definite must buy for PlayStation Network users. Graphics are great, controls are simple, online and offline multiplayer are a blast, and at $10, you have a super fun party game. The only things that I feel will complete this game are more maps and an easier method to unlock new vehicles. The many positive things far outweigh the shortcomings though, so I still recommend this game.