Mashed: Drive to Survive

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Mashed: Drive to Survive
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Developer(s) Supersonic Software
Publisher(s) EU Empire Interactive

JP D3 Publisher
NA Vivendi Universal Games

Engine RenderWare
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, Xbox, Microsoft Windows
Release date(s) PlayStation 2[1][2] & Xbox[3][4]
EU 18 June 2004 (Original)

EU 24 March 2005 (Updated)
JP 15 December 2005 (Updated)

NA 13 December 2006 (Updated)
Microsoft Windows[5]
  • EU 25 June 2004 (Original)
  • N/A Unknown (Updated)
Genre(s) Vehicular combat, racing
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Distribution DVD, CD-ROM

Mashed: Drive to Survive is a vehicular combat racing video game developed by Supersonic Software for PlayStation 2, Xbox and Microsoft Windows and was only released in European markets.

An updated version called Mashed: Fully Loaded contained multiple game fixes, extra weapons, vehicles and tracks, as it was developed on a different engine to that of the original version. It also featured improved sound, graphics and load times and it was also the first time the game was released outside of Europe in 2005 and 2006 for PlayStation 2 and Xbox, simply titled as Drive to Survive, which was also the original subtitle for the game.

Gameplay[edit]

Mashed: Drive to Survive is a top-down vehicular combat racing video game, similar in style to Micro Machines, Circuit Breakers and Super Sprint. Each race consists of four vehicles. The player has to navigate various obstacles and obtain weapon pickups to succeed. The game operates a left-behind principle: the camera tries to keep all players in one screen, and if one drops far enough behind in the race, they are eliminated, and the other players race on. This continues until there is one player left, who is given two points, while the rest of the racers also gain or lose points depending on their final position in the round. The system then repeats until a player reaches a set number of points, usually 10 or 12. In multiplayer, knocked out players have the option of striking cars still racing with partially controlled missiles, known as airstrikes.

On the PlayStation 2 version, the game uniquely allowed four-player multiplayer: while the console itself only supported two controllers, the game used to so few buttons that it made possible for two people to share a controller - one player would use the D-pad and the left stick, the other would use the colored buttons and the right stick.

Tracks (Mashed: Drive To Survive Order)[edit]

  • Angel Peak
  • Kharga Temple
  • Neustein
  • Timgidski
  • Ventura Blvd
  • Keister Bay
  • Polar Wharf
  • Tierra Piedra
  • Koko Bay
  • Silver Creek
  • Redpool Tip
  • Nukov
  • Hattan City

Tracks (Mashed: Fully Loaded Order)[edit]

  • Angel Peak
  • Kharga Temple
  • Neustein
  • Fort Gidlow
  • Ventura Blvd
  • Demolition
  • Keister Bay
  • Polar Wharf
  • Tierra Piedra
  • Koko Bay
  • Silver Creek
  • Timgidski
  • Redpool Tip
  • Nukov
  • Hattan City

Weapons[edit]

  • Proximity Mine: Drops up to two proximity mines behind the player vehicle. After a pause of one second for arming, the mines explode when a vehicle (including the player that dropped it) drives over it or passes close by.
  • Drum Bomb: Throws exploding barrels behind the player vehicle.
  • Oil Slick: Pours oil onto the road behind the player vehicle, which reduces grip for any car that drives through it.
  • Flamethrower: A rear-firing weapon which damages vehicles it hits.
  • Shotgun: Fires shotgun blasts from both sides of the player vehicle, perpendicular to the direction of travel.
  • Homing Missile: A missile which can be locked onto an opponent vehicle.
  • Machine Gun: A front-firing gun which uses a laser sight to aim at opponents.
  • Flash Bang: Explodes in a flash which whites-out the screen for a short time, making it impossible for opponents to see their cars.
  • Mortar: A front-firing mortar with three shots, which explode on impact.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (PS2) 79.13%[6]
(Xbox) 78.38%[7]
(PC) 70.14%[8]

Mashed: Drive to Survive received positive reviews. Aggregating review website GameRankings gave the PlayStation 2 version 79.13%,[6] the Xbox version 78.38%[7] and the PC version 70.14%.[8]

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