The names of the free PlayStation Plus games for May 2021 have been announced, and among them is Wreckfest, a hard-hitting racing game whose title developers Bugbear Entertainment want players to take literally. Released in mid-2018 to predominantly positive reviews, Wreckfest is considered a spiritual successor to Bugbear’s FlatOut series, with dashes of Destruction Derby and Street Rod thrown in for good measure.
Wreckfest features soft-body damage modeling, which allows players to cause damage to specific locations on a vehicle to affect driving dynamics in a realistic manner. Wheels can be dislocated during a collision, and metal bends, twists, and breaks. True-to-life physics enable the cars to crash and fly into the air believably, leaving a trail of dust and debris in their wake.
A new trailer for Wreckfest has revealed that next-gen enhancements will be coming to the PlayStation 5 version of the game on June 1. In addition to running at 60 FPS in 4K resolution, the upgraded version of Wreckfest will make use of the DualSense controller’s haptic feedback and will also feature faster loading times, enhanced shadows and lighting, and improved visual effects. Additionally, multiplayer lobbies will be increased from 16 to 24 players.
Gamers who already own the PS4 version of Wreckfest will be able to upgrade to the enhanced PS5 version for $9.99. Some of these next-gen upgrades have already been added to the Xbox Series X version of the game at no cost. However, the PS5 enhancements add more features than the Xbox’s free upgrade, including dynamic dirt on vehicles, visual effects for skidmarks, increased foliage, higher resolution textures, and even godrays. According to a statement by publisher THQ Nordic, the PS5 version “offers the best Wreckfest experience on consoles ever.” It is unclear whether these improvements will eventually make their way to the Xbox Series X as well.
Bugbear Entertainment's Wreckfest features multiple game modes, such as banger racing on different road surfaces, high-speed races on courses with intersections and oncoming traffic, and of course, demolition derby. When not destroying cars in the derby arena, Wreckfest players will be able to upgrade and customize their vehicles in preparation for their next match. Cars can be enhanced with reinforced bumpers, roll cages, and side protectors, and engine performance can be improved by adding better air filters, camshafts, fuel systems, and more.
The other two PlayStation Plus games for May 2021 are EA’s first-person shooter Battlefield 5 and the survival game Stranded Deep, which drops players onto a deserted island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Bugbear Entertainment knows its way around a racing game and Wreckfest is no exception. Part demolition derby and part race around the track, it has loads of fun game modes for players to check out.
Loads of players decided to try out the game due to the Winter Fest Tournament, and Wreckfest also joined Xbox Game Pass on February 18, 2021. The game has a surprising amount of depth for a racing game and can be a lot to take on for people entirely new to it. Still, there are ways to gain a competitive edge if players know what to do.
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