Reader Review: Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars

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This review was submitted by Ben Carey. If you’ve played Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, or just want to ask Ben more about it, leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars (PSN)

As far as I’m concerned, having a fifteen syllable title alone makes this game awesome. However, if I’d never played the game before, a title like this would make me think of a next generation, revamped Destruction Derby, which, incidentally I would be very keen on.

The easiest way to describe SARPBC is this: it’s basically soccer with nitrous oxide fuelled remote controlled cars. That would make a good title in itself.


Bang for Your Buck: Nowhere else will you find this much quality gameplay for under ten dollars. The aim of the offline mode is to collect as many stars as you can. There are 100 stars to collect in the mini-game mode and 65 to collect in the tournament mode. These modes are both excellent training for when you start playing against real people. You have to practise your flips and twirls and pirouettes, let me tell you.

Multiplayer: Perhaps even more enjoyable is playing with (or against) your friends. You can play with a mix of human players and NPCs or you can keep it strictly man vs machine, if that’s what you prefer.

Replay Function: Replay mode makes you feel like god: you can freeze time; slow it down or speed it up; fast-forward or rewind; and rotate the camera (which allows for Matrix-cam). You can even edit it up and upload it straight to YouTube (and trust me, there are times you will definitely want to).


Online: The online mode is clunky and prone to lag. It’s not uncommon to try and steal the ball only to find it’s already in your goal at the other end of the field.

SARPBC has a lot of replay value, and occasionally the developers add new tracks, at no extra charge. Now that’s value!

Reviewed by: Ben Carey

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    For something that normally I wouldn't even think about looking at, this review has piqued my interest. Super-nitro remote controlled cars, playing soccer?!


      This game really is fantastic value for money. The online does suck, but if you ever share a screen with a mate, then this game is for you. One of the hidden gems of the PSN.

      Also, the title is really fun to say, and you'll want to show people the game just to say it...

    Wow. Thank you!

      You know, I have to say this is the first reader review which has made me actually want to play/buy a game! :D So your either the game developers employee in disguise drumming up business, or your in first place position to snatch the madman prize pack if it were up to me and David Wildgoose has hinted in my dreams that he will give me senior control over Kotaku AU (yes Dave, I dream of you, cue physco music).

      I digress, great review! :D

        Well i'm not their employee. If only I were.
        I just really love this game and thought I could
        write about it pretty well.

        Let's hope you're right. I love madman products. Especially the kind that you win. lol

    what other " hidden gems" are there on psn? Its hard to find coverage of that, id like kotaku to do so :P

    "It’s not uncommon to try and steal the ball only to find it’s already in your goal at the other end of the field."

    That's soccer chap. And, that is why you have rockets on your car. Play 2 v 2 or 3 v 3 and have someone stick near the goal.

    Excellent review and an awesome game, downloaded this from the PSN early this year, it was $12 at the time and it was still the best value for money game I've played yet. They've recently updated the areans and skins for the cars, however the online game play is lacking, a with minimal number of competitors and massive lag on the servers. I've given this game to a few friends, and we've set up a PS3 lan just to play SARPBC for hours. Hope more of you download this soon!

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