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Crash Force
Developed by: Ascanio Entertainment
Published by: Ascanio Entertainment
Released: July 20th, 2017
Available on: Steam, Xbox One (Coming soon!)
Genre: Third-person shooter
ESRB rating: Not rated
Number of players: 1-12
Price: Free

Thank you Ascanio Entertainment for sending us this game to review!

Crash Force is an extremely fun third person shooter with hovercrafts. There are three maps, and nine hovercrafts to play as. Each map and craft are different in their own way, and that’s what I like about this game.

The three maps (unless you count the tutorial and practice range maps, then there would be five) each have names, but they are a little bit long. The first one feels like a spaceship or a laboratory with multiple floors. The second one is a desert-like area with a pond and a small base. The final one is a forest with a temple in it. One problem is that the first one seems to be chosen on “random” a lot more than the other two. When I played Crash Force, I only saw the other two maps once.

There are skill trees to upgrade your hovercraft, but those have a problem, too. You need special upgrade points to use them, and I’m pretty sure the only way to get those is through online play. Nobody seems to play online, so you can’t use the skill trees. You can also customize your crafts, but you need to unlock that through online mode, too. I asked about this in the steam discussions, but since they haven’t been used in two years, I don’t think I’ll get a reply. There are over a hundred discussions, but again, they are deserted. So if you decide to get Crash Force, you probably won’t have any luck talking to the developer.

Crash Force
Highlights:

Strong Points: Fun; multiplayer; free
Weak Points: Not enough maps; nobody plays it so multiplayer doesn’t work
Moral Warnings: Violence

There is this bug that makes all of the settings you have turned on, turn off once you launch Crash Force. You will have to go into settings again and hit “apply.” They are already selected, which is weird, so that’s all you have to do. It’s not game-breaking, it’s just annoying.

There are plenty of Steam achievements. You can get one very easily, because there aren’t very many requirements for each of them. You can get some by winning a game using a certain hovercraft, or by destroying somebody else’s craft by crashing into them. But some achievements require online mode. Obviously, you probably won’t be able to get those because of the fact that the online mode is deserted.

You can get lootboxes, but they seem to be broken, because I won a game, it said I got a lootbox, but I didn’t actually get anything. If they worked, you probably would be able to use the skill trees. But they don’t, so your hovercrafts are not getting any upgrades.

Crash Force
Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 66%
Gameplay: 13/20
Graphics: 8/10
Sound: 6/10
Stability: 2/5
Controls: 4/5

Morality Score - 94%
Violence: 7/10
Language: 10/10
Sexual content: 10/10
Occult/Supernatural: 10/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical: 10/10

There are 3 modes (excluding the tutorial), which consist of quick play, casual, and shooting range. Quick play is the online mode that is pretty much unplayable. Casual is just a team deathmatch game with bots, and shooting range is where you can practice with different hovercrafts. There is also a mode that is locked, but all I know about it is that it requires online mode..

Morally, Crash Force is fine. There is obviously some violence, but that is expected from a third-person shooter. You can’t see the people inside the hovercrafts (if there is anyone in there), and no blood is shown, so you can’t say anyone is killed.

Crash Force is really fun, and I would recommend it to many people (if you have friends to play online with; if you don't, then this game is not recommended). If you like racing games or shooters like this, then Crash force is definitely for you.

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