Mashed Fully Loaded PS2 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 8.0
Graphics 7.5
Sound 7.0
Value 8.0
Distributor: Red Ant
Classification:
G8+
Review Date:
August 2005
Reviewer:
Tory Favro

7.9


Mashed: Fully Loaded

Top down racing is back in the hizouse! Mashed reminds me of the old school days of Micro Machines where you could fang around the courses picking up weapons and distributing some righteous fire and brimstone. 

Mashed takes the old formula of racing and ups the ante for gamers with fantastic firearms, fast paced racing and great graphics all in the one hit. Even on the PS2 which is starting to show its teeth, Mashed is looking good and there should reason to rejoice with this Fully Loaded version that has extra tracks, cars, better handling and all the little things that make it so much sweeter the second time round. 

The interesting thing also with this version is that the team behind the game listened to the gamers and made improvements to areas that gamers found wanting.. for the most part. There are certainly a good deal of graphical spit and shines happening. 

From an audio perspective, there is not a great deal in the tunes department but the rest of the sound effects should have you grinning from time to time. For some reason, the lack of music (or near lack) does not upset the balance of the game at all and really allows an appreciation of the actual game. 

Supporting 4 players with Multitap, MFL is a blast to play but has issues with some clipping and collision detection, same as last time round. Part of the problem with the game is that you can be ahead in the race, clip on something small and insignificant and it’s all over red rover! Annoying things that cost me the race really get my goat. 

This game would have been really nice online as well which was not a feature so hopefully we’ll see that in the next game in the series. In the meantime you are guaranteed a laugh when you are knocked out of the game with the ability to call an airstrike on your opponents who are still struggling around the track. It’s more for the novelty but hey it works for me every time! 

With a learning curve of about 30 seconds, Mashed Fully Loaded is a ton of fun that you should be able to keep coming back to time and time again, perfect for a party game. Fully Loaded would have scored higher had it not been for some really nagging moments when the car got “stuck”, chances are it might not happen to you but as a result it got a little slap from me scorewise. 

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