From an unlikely developer (Incognito, developers of God of War and Twisted Metal Black) comes a sleeper hit game for the Playstation 3. Available for $9.99 on PSN (Playstation Network), Calling All Cars is a solid addition to any Playstation 3 owner’s library.
Although the graphics doesn’t push the Playstation 3 to the limit (it look like it could easily be done on the Playstation 2), Calling All Calls has a nice cartoon-look to it. The game may be lacking in specs but it makes up for it with style.
The game also runs really smooth which is important because Calling All Cars has a lot of chaotic things going on at once.
The music fits the game cartoon style perfectly; it reminds me of the tunes of some old school cartoons a la Popeye. The voice acting, too, is very cartoonish.
One really cool acoustic feature in Calling All Cars is that when you scored, you will hear a nice winning jingle (sort of like a carnival winning sound).
Calling All Calls is a complete new and original concept. The best way to describe Calling All Cars is that it is a mix between Twisted Metal and capture the flag with many ways to score.
The basic concept is that players (up to four offline and online) have to compete with each other to find escaped criminals and bring them back to the slammer.
Being the developers of Twisted Metal Black, Incognito used their experiences on their new game. Calling All Cars car combat is an extremely simplified version of Twisted Metal Black. The game only has three basic weapons: hammer, magnet and missile. Hammer will rocked enemies close to you, magnet will steal criminals from others and missile can lock-on to enemies from long distances.
These weapons are needed to steal criminals from your opponents (you can also bump your car into theirs to steal the criminals from them). Just having the criminal in your possession is not enough; you’ll have to bring him to the slammer. There are many ways to bring the criminals to justice (police car, helicopter and prison), the higher the degree of difficulty in bringing the criminal to the slammer, the higher the score will be.
Calling All Cars is a very chaotic game especially with four players; since only one criminal can appear at a time, players are constantly trying to steal the criminals off each other and score. The possession of the criminals can change hands multiple times in just one second.
Although it may be chaotic, Calling All Cars is very easy to pickup-and-play. Players will know what to do after several short matches. With that being said, the game is a little too simple. In addition to only three weapons, Calling All Cars has only four stages. Although each stage is unique and requires different strategies from the others, the number of stages is still too low.
Not to mention that Calling All Cars is mainly a multiplayer game. Single player has no story mode whatsoever and is mainly used to unlock hidden cars.
Although Calling All Cars lacks depth, its easy pickup-and-play yet chaotic gameplay will make it a fun multiplayer experience. For those looking for a fun online and/or party game, Calling All Cars is a must.