Destruction All-Stars is the PlayStation 5 exclusive that is destructive, fun & immersive to say the least. It’s also considered being an example of what the PS5 is capable of. Destruction All-Stars is packed visuals in 4K resolution sixty frames per second, comparable to beloved title, Rocket League. Early February is the release date for this game exclusive for PS Plus members who own a PlayStation 5. The game is available to obtain for free until the sixth of April, so far there is no price to pay for non-PS Plus members.
The Purpose of Destruction All-Stars
Although PlayStation console exclusives are renowned for their story-focused titles such as The Last of Us & Detroit Become Human for example. This particular title does not rely on any story other than a mere challenge series section. The challenge series section focuses on a sub-story rivalry between two characters of the game, nothing in-depth rather than earning one’s respect. However, to fully understand this story it’s best to briefly explain the layout of Destruction All-Stars.
The whole game is presented as an over the top competition television show, with theatrics and announcers to accompany the scene. This overall presentation of being a TV show is projected perfectly and lines up well with the manic gameplay too. On a side note, UFC’s Bruce Buffer as the master of ceremonies increases the adrenaline, making players ready to take down their opponents.
Back to the challenge series. The playable character for the series is Ultimo Barricado, a Mexican luchador who is a veteran within the Destruction All-Stars world. He is confronted by a young and hungry foe (Jian), which he doesn’t respect. The challenge series sees Ultimo faces Jian in multiple challenges to which he comes out on top, also learning to appreciate Jian’s efforts and gains his respect. If players wish to advance onto the next challenge series, it is locked behind a feature that’ll be mentioned in the final section of this review.
A nice subpar story/series to begin with but forgettable.
Beautifully Destructive Gameplay!
The true appeal to this title, much like Rocket League is when gamers dive into the competition. What players see is what they shall get if they give this title a chance. Excellent handling of each playable character and vehicle. The in-game tutorial is effective, thorough, and surprisingly quick to complete. It’s crucial to learn the controls and how to utilize the powers, otherwise, it’s a matter of time before the player tastes defeat, as this title is unforgiving.
The AI is fierce and competitive, making this no easy experience, although it’s not impossible to gain the upper hand. Sticking with the contestants, there are sixteen playable characters that gamers can choose from. Each one has its own unique look and even ticks all-inclusivity boxes, ranging from disability to body shape, I personally love this added detail. Not only do each character look distinctive, but their vehicles are also bursting with personality.
Unlike Rocket League, the vehicles perfectly reflect on the person driving the car rather than ignoring those within the chassis. Adding onto the unique side of things, each character’s specialty vehicle is decked out with its own special feature. For example, Ultimo Barricado’s special vehicle has a feature where it becomes totally indestructible for a brief time period. On the other side of the coin, Blue Fang’s specialty is that their car produces a gargantuan buzzsaw that consumes any car that gets in its way. Playing with each character is an experience to behold and gamers are sure to find their perfect All-Stars match.
The Stunning Visuals & Immersion Quality
As mentioned above, Destruction All-Stars does an excellent job at setting the scene of a competition tv show. The visuals do a fantastic job to match that image with perfectly crafted arena’s that will test players’ skill & wits. Each arena is implemented with platforms for the characters to jump onto in order to escape from danger. Although, the arena can also isolate players if they’re found to be with no vehicle too. Vast space with no safe zones for characters increases tension & the sense of danger is also present in each arena.
Another area that is executed to excellence is the physics within each car. Heavy cars genuinely feel heavy for example. Heavy cars feel sluggish when turning and speed boost isn’t as quick as a more dainty car. But the heavier cars do more damage upon impact, so the choice of vehicle is dependant on the players’ playstyle. This side of immersion is fully enhanced thanks to the PS5’s haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, as they seriously increase the fun factor majorly.
Lastly, with the physics, the destruction and damage caused to each vehicle are portrayed beautifully. Parts of the cars fly off when they’re impacted by either other cars or the environment. Not just a simple dent occurs, or a shattered windowpane, for example. The damage that can be done towards these vehicles is insane to watch and cannot be conjured up for words.
Final Thoughts On Destruction All-Stars
Although this game doesn’t have an engaging story that will affect players’ lives, it does leave a footprint in the minds of PlayStation players. Excellent gameplay is present as well as the visuals and it does have the fun factor that makes a classic title. For me personally, Destruction All-Stars is more fun than Rocket League. However, as left out until now, this title does have microtransactions for in-game points, which can be spent in the challenge series or on cosmetic items.
Even though this money-grabbing tactic is shunned upon in my mind, it doesn’t hinder my experiences and it shouldn’t hinder other gamers’ too. Unless style is the sole focus of a gamer. However, emotes & banners can also be earned through the challenge series. Although a player’s banner and emotes are usually dismissed by other players.
The actual game itself is fantastic and shall capture the attention of those who play. It’s a shame that this is an exclusive game as gamers from other platforms would too enjoy this game. Beautiful visuals, excellent gameplay, smart physics, and characters with such personality are only a few reasons to play. PlayStation has struck gold with Destruction All-Stars and is one that I intend on playing continuously.
I give this title an overall score of 9 out of 10.
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