April 3, 2012
The Death Rally updates keep rolling in like clockwork. Remedy Entertainment and Mountain Sheep have added everything from new vehicles and weapons to new gameplay modes, such as Duke Match and multiplayer. In today's release of v2.3, fans can play a Duke Match within multiplayer, take advantage of their brand new iPad's Retina display, stumble upon Easter eggs, and earn other rewards. Besides the optimization for the third generation iPad's Retina display, the big addition for Death Rally v2.3 is Duke Match availability in multiplayer mode. The Duke Match arena is an all out demolition derby for three straight minutes. Destroy more AI opponents than your human competitor before the time runs out to win. All of the typical rules of Death Rally stand except that you respawn upon destruction. So, it's the same as campaign except the battle is against a human being instead of the computer-controlled Duke Nukem in his Mighty Foot monster truck. If that weren't enough, Remedy provides "more incentive to hit the track with daily rewards!" Among these rewards are Easter eggs randomly placed on courses, and not for every race either. Collecting them will earn you free multiplayer battle modifiers like quick starts and infinite ammo. Not that I'm entirely complaining, however, I do have some gripes about the rewards system. I'm satisfied with collecting parts to unlock courses, vehicles, and weapons, though I feel Remedy may be taking this "incentive" business too far. The game now has battle modifiers, combination packages of vehicles and weapons, and special weapons you can purchase. Not only that, longtime racers need to re-unlock almost every item, even if they've been maxed out previously. To put it simply, my gripe is that Death Rally seems to be morphing into yet another "pay to play" game, i.e., a player willing to spend more money will have a huge advantage and better experience. I will openly admit that Remedy and Mountain Sheep are companies, which means their primary goal is to make money. Although, I feel too much priority on financial gain can be very destructive to a fan base. Will it stop me from playing Death Rally or removing it from my iDevice? No, but I'm quite disappointed in the direction the game has gone throughout the past few updates. Death Rally is a universal app compatible with iPad, second generation iPad, third generation iPad, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, 32GB and 64GB third generation iPod touch, fourth generation iPod touch and newer running iOS 3.2 or later, and available in the App Store for $0.99.
Remedy Entertainment Ltd