Indian development studio Version 2 Games have released a destructive trailer to whet your appetite for their upcoming PlayStation Network exclusive title, Smash ‘N’ Survive – due to arrive on February the 22nd priced at £9.99.
Smash ‘N’ Survive is the studios first release for the PlayStation 3 and promises to deliver some serious car-on-car action for gamers who prefer aggression over simulation when behind the virtual wheel.
The title pits vehicles against each other in no-holds-barred battles through a single player campaign and the often neglected local split screen. Online multiplayer is also promised, hopefully being added to the mix in April as part of a free DLC offering.
Action will take place across ten destructible and perilous maps ranging from stadiums, factories and ships, which feature their own player triggered attack events, such as tornadoes, that can be used to gain the upper hand on enemies. There are also 30 unique cars on offer with varying categories including muscle, buggies, SUVs and even monster trucks. All of these can be customized with various weapons that seem highly reminiscent of the late 90s TV show Robot Wars with saws, shovels and flipping devices all in attendance. Playable modes include:
- Check Point Race
- Mosh Pit – a destruction derby mode
- Boost Me Up – collecting pickups by performing various stunts
- Gang Wars – a team derby mode
- Find Your Mate – escorting a teammate to the safe zone from an enemy dominated area
- Plant Bomb – planting and diffusing a bomb in an enemy zone
- Territory Control
Rajat Ojha, President of Version 2 Games said “We are proud to be the team behind India’s debut PlayStation 3 release and look forward to establishing a dedicated community and expanding the Smash ‘N’ Survive universe post-launch with future downloadable content.”
While all of this sounds like it could offer substantial value for a PSN downloadable game, the question is how the release of Eat Sleep Play’s Twisted Metal in March will affect sales. Both games focus on similar car combat and destruction, but Twisted Metal is a fully-fledged retail release with a probable price tag of around £40 as opposed to the £9.99 Version 2 Games are asking for their downloadable title.
So, will wallet-conscious gamers opt to choose this new low-cost download, or pick up the established Twisted Metal franchise? Especially considering Eat Sleep Play’s title has suffered numerous delays, possibly making fans somewhat jaded.