Wheels of Destruction: World Tour
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Geld Games
Release Date: April 3, 2012
ESRB Rating: E10+ (for fantasy violence, mild language, suggestive themes)
Price: $9.99 ($7.99 for PlayStation Plus members)
Available exclusively for PlayStation 3 on the PlayStation Network
Using the Unreal gaming engine, Wheels of Destruction: World Tour may not have much of a story, but can be a fun multi-player form of distraction. Set in a post-apocalyptic world in five major cities (very loosely resembling Paris, Seattle, London, Tokyo, and Rome), players can choose from one of five different cars (changeable at any point during the game) and can compete in a death match, team death match, or capture the flag race against time, playable in either online or offline mode, against as many as 11 different players.
Notice how I said “distraction” rather than “game?” That’s because I found myself getting a bit bored with the gameplay after playing two or three matches. This is a fairly simple car combat game, with just-above-average graphics and animation, and a basic goal of staying alive. Each of the five cars has a distinct advantage: Assassin has an enhanced firing rate, Scout has a fast weapon toggle, Soldier has the best overall balance, Heavy has better impact immunity, and Engineer has advanced radar. That being said, most players will opt to drive Soldier, with the Scout being fast but very susceptible to hits and Heavy being well-armored but way too slow. Each vehicle starts out with a machine gun and no armor as its default. As you travel through the city, you can pick up additional weapons and recharge packs (including repair, shield, weapon, and ammo). The Dolby Digital (default) or DTS 5.1 sound mix features decent surround activity with a pulsing rock score. Unfortunately, you cannot choose Dolby Digital or DTS from the game. If you turn off Dolby Digital capability in the PS3’s sound settings, the game will default to DTS.
Considering its under $10 price point, I wouldn't expect Wheels of Destruction to be a great game, but it’s not necessarily a bad game, either. Falling somewhere in-between, it provides a quick and dirty online battle fix.