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Danger Zone (Xbox)

Developed by Three Fields Entertainment, Danger Zone is now available on PC and PS4 for £9.99 and on Xbox One for £11.99! I’m not sure why the Xbox version is more expensive as it seems to be the exact same game…

Danger Zone is a car crash simulator where you quite literally, crash for cash! If only you could do it in the real world without risk of death… or prison.

Danger Zone runs so smoothly even with multiple explosions and vehicles flying in all different directions. I haven’t experienced any framerate drops which is such a relief when you’re trying to crash the car in a specific place. The only time I have noticed any random car movements is after the bulk of the action has already occurred, my car has a weird stuttering motion (usually when spinning in circles) but it really doesn’t affect overall gameplay, it is just something I’ve picked up on.

Controls are incredibly simple, just like any other driving you’ll use RT to accelerate, LS to steer and B to use any smashbreakers you have available. You can control the camera to a point with the RS but its fairly limited; I would really love for there to be more control over the camera whilst in smashbreak mode and whilst you’re waiting for surrounding crashes to cease (it seems to do its own thing!).

Ever since I’ve played Danger Zone I have had a particular song (if you don't know which one I'm talking about, click here) stuck in my head and I’m actually quite upset that it didn’t make an appearance in the game itself. There are a couple of songs that I thought could have fit perfectly within the game itself but alas, I’ll just have to make my own playlist. There is, surprisingly, absolutely no music at all in Danger Zone so I didn’t feel guilty listening to my own! Sound effects are wonderful though, from the revving engine to booming explosions and honking horns!

There are a total of 6 cars which you will be using as you play through the game, you don’t get to choose the car though which would have been good. There are a couple of faster cars (An F1 style car and a sports car) but for the most part, they do feel quite slow and samey.

You have a training simulation containing four tutorial style simulations to help you learn the basics and there are 4 main test phases, each with 8 simulations where your objective is to drive your car, crash into the oncoming traffic and create a cacophony of carnage. After a certain amount of hits to other vehicles (each simulation will specify prior to starting) you will earn a “smashbreaker” which if you press B, will explode your car and almost ragdoll it with a small amount of control over the direction on your part which will help you hit more cars, pick up more bonus drops or save you from falling into the abyss below.

The more damage you can do, the higher your score will be. There are bonus smashbreakers and cash coins dropped around the level which will provide a huge boost to your final score if you are able to pick them up! Earn medals (platinum, gold, silver and bronze) depending on your score and once you’ve obtained a medal for each of the test phase’s simulations you can unlock the next one.

There are also leaderboards for you to track your scores against your friends as well as the rest of the world which definitely adds a certain level of competitiveness! I have already taken great pleasure in announcing to my partner that I have absolutely smashed his high score (although that never lasts long)! I think this is where Danger Zone has its replay value, there is a huge sense of wanting to keep retrying because you always feel like you’re close to a high score but for me, the loading screens when trying to simply replay the same level do feel a little too long.

Overall, I have really enjoyed playing Danger Zone, if anything I wish there were more levels! If I had to give it a score it would be 7/10, for the price tag, there’s just not quite enough content to keep you occupied, for my liking! There is an update planned in November ( the exact date is TBC) which promises a bonus tier with 6 new levels so fingers crossed there are even more plans for the future, maybe some kind of online multiplayer mayhem? How great would that be!

Danger Zone has 13 achievements available for a total of 1,000 Gamerscore. Quite a short achievement list which is a bit of a let-down here as I’m sure there are a fair few possibilities for some really creative ones; as it stands, Danger Zone has the bulk standard progression achievements, some medal collection achievements and a couple of creative ones which ultimately make up for a straightforward completion. If you need any help or guidance with any of the achievements then head over to True Achievements where you will find plenty of useful information.

A game code was provided for the purpose of this review. Thank you!
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