Since I am getting inpatient with waiting for Carmageddon: Max Damage, I want to talk about the game that got me into the vehicular destruction genre. See, most people got into the genre with games like Interstate ’72, Twisted Metal, Vigilante 8 and of course… Carmageddon, but I never got the chance to play those games when I was young. So what was my first vehicular destruction experience? Well, it’s a game not many people know, called Cel Damage.
(Prepare for A LOT of text! :P)
Cel Damage is a vehicular combat game, released in for the original Xbox and GameCube in 2001. It was developed by Pseudo Interactive and published by EA Games. (Fun fact: Pseudo Interactive also developed the Full Auto games and the canceled Crude Awakening.)
(A drastically changed version named Cel Damage Overdrive was released on PS2 a few months after that (Europe only) by Play It, but they changed a lot of the of things which ruined the game. This shitty version got an HD version on PS Vita, PS3, PS4 and Xbox One, called Cel Damage HD, which is even shittier (messed up sound effects). Don't bother with these versions, just play the original Xbox and/or GameCube versions instead.)
Cel Damage is not just a vehicular destruction game. In fact, it is a very unique one. The game uses cel-shaded graphics to create a cartoon look and it has it’s own unique cartoon physics. The game also offers tons of very over the top weapons to destroy your opponents.
Like in Carmageddon 2, this game also has car splitting. You can split them by smashing them with a giant axe, chainsaw, buzz saws, cleavers, etc. Cars can also catch fire and burn up, or get frozen by a freeze ray and then shattered against a wall. There are tons of weird and fun ways to destroy your opponents. Seriously, the cartoon physics in this game are superb.
This game is very, VERY chaotic by the way, since most weapons are instadeath. This sounds frustrating, but it actually isn’t, since you will respawn within 5 seconds every time you die. The only flaw this game has is that you can be killed immediately after you spawn.
The game has a total of 10 drivers (4 are unlockable), which each their own unique vehicle and special weapon. The game has 12 maps to play and 26 weapons (all locked in the beginning) to destroy your opponents with. There are 3 different game modes in the game: Smack Attack, Gate Relay and Flag Rally.
Smack attack is the main mode of the game. The first to gain 500 smack points wins. You can get Smack points by simply smashing (smacking) or destroying your opponents.
Gate Relay is your standard checkpoint race mode, but with only 2 checkpoint gates, and 20 laps. (And of course, there are the over the top weapons.)
In Flag Rally you must collect 4 flags and drive them to the flag pole to win (all 4 at the same time). This is easily the most frustrating mode in the game, because you die very easily.
The game also has local split screen multiplayer up to 4 players. This makes Cel Damage extremely fun to play with friends. This is actually something I want to see in Carmageddon: Max Damage in the future, if possible.
Specially for this post, I recorded some footage of the game on my Xbox to show you guys some gameplay of the game (and my awesome skills :P) playing Smack Attack on extreme difficulty on custom settings:
So, what do you guys think about this game? Also, what was the first vehicular destruction game you guys played? :)
UPDATE: Go to the first post on page 3 for my full Xbox/Gamecube vs. PS2/HD comparison.