Thursday, 24 May 2018 15:01

PREVIEW: Onrush Open Beta (PS4)

Written by Brett Hale

We all know Codemasters can make good racing games, you just have to play one of their F1 or Dirt games to know this, but Onrush is something different, it's a racing game that isn’t like other racing games but that's a good thing.

The Beta for Onrush was something I looked forward to playing. it was a pretty decent beta, offering just a small amount of what will be included in the full game. The beta had 2 tracks, 2 modes and just 4 vehicles but that was enough for me to see how the game was.

Onrush isn’t just about cars, bikes are in the game as well. For the beta, it was 1 bike, a sand buggy, a baja truck and a bad ass car. Each vehicle has its own perks and I look forward to seeing how the other vehicles are. Vehicles use boost, and there is also a special boost that does something totally different which is branded Rush Boost in game.

The style of gameplay is to work as teams, blue versus orange, and there are AI as well which are black. The game is fast paced and there is never a dull moment aside from the moments you’re in a lobby waiting for the next match... which might I add was always super quick.

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Betas sometimes allow for things from it to carry over to the full game, Onrush is one of them. The rewards you can earn from reaching levels 3,6,10,15 and 25.

There were only a couple of tracks to race on & the ones I played on were big & fun and looked impressive. Tracks can be raced on day and night, as well as clear skies to snow and rain.

So, what did I have to play in the beta? There is a solo offline & co-op practice mode but as fun as that was, I was more interested in playing with others online. Multiplayer is what I spent most of my time on in the beta. It’s titled quick match in the main menu, and it has two modes with 6v6 races.

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The first mode is Countdown. Two teams face off driving through as many marked gates as possible. Each car that does so adds more time on the clock for their team. The round ends when one of the teams’ clock runs out.

The second mode is Overdrive. Again it's two teams that’ll need to work together using boost and burning their RUSH meters to earn points. Rounds end when one team reaches their goal and the goal can differ from track to track. Overdrive is a best out of three modes.

I played the beta on PS4, specifically PS4Pro, and it looked amazing. The beta had HDR and the option to either prioritize frame rate or resolution. Being a beta, you can always expect issues and Onrush had just one for me. At times, trying to play the game would lose connection with the games server sending me back to the title screen or even dash boarding... but for the most part it worked fine.

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This beta really has me wanting more! Although the game hits stores worldwide on the 5th of June 2018, it can’t come soon enough. I’m not a gamer who plays a lot of racing games online, but Onrush might be the first I can’t stop playing!


Additional Info

  • Review Score: N/A
  • Platform: PS4, XBOX ONE
  • Developer: Deep Silver
  • Publisher: Codemasters
  • Genre: Racing