Cel Damage

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Cel Damage
The game's cover art.
Developer(s)
Publisher(s)
Platform(s)
Release date(s) Xbox
  • NA November 14, 2001
  • EU May 3, 2002
GameCube
  • NA January 7, 2002
  • EU May 3, 2002
PlayStation 2
  • EU December 12, 2002
PS3, PS4, PS Vita
  • NA April 22, 2014
  • PAL May 14, 2014
Xbox One
  • WW March 11, 2016
Genre(s) Vehicular combat
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Cel Damage is a vehicular combat video game for the Xbox and GameCube, developed by Pseudo Interactive and published by Electronic Arts. The game was first released for Xbox on November 14, 2001, and for GameCube on January 7, 2002, in North America respectively. In Europe, the game launched for both consoles on May 3, 2002. A PlayStation 2 port, entitled Cel Damage Overdrive, was released by Play It! on December 12, 2002 in Europe only. A high-definition remake, developed and published by Finish Line Games, and titled Cel Damage HD, was released for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on April 22, 2014 in North America and May 14, 2014 in the PAL region. An Xbox One port followed worldwide, via the Xbox Games Store, on March 11, 2016.

Cel Damage is a cartoony take on vehicular combat games, like those from the Twisted Metal series. The story focuses on six cartoon characters from a fictional cartoon show called "Cel Damage". The characters annihilate each other to the delight of TV audiences and, since they are cartoons, instantly regenerate. The player battles through thirteen different levels and three game modes. Weaponry for Cel Damage includes cartoon staples like vacuum nozzles and portable holes, mundane weaponry like chainsaws and baseball bats, and items like freeze rays, giant springs, and portable nuclear devices.

Gameplay[edit]

Cel Damage is a vehicle shooter in which players compete against one another using weapons to either gain smack points or stop other opponents from achieving their goal, depending on the game mode. Weapons include black holes, boxing gloves, grenades, chainsaws,[1] baseball bats, chain guns, axes, and freeze rays.[2] The three game modes are Smack Attack, in which players attack other players and/or computer players to gain a certain number of points first; Gate Relay, in which players race to checkpoints; and Flag Rally, in which players race to collect flags. Smack Attack is the only mode not initially locked (except in the PlayStation 2 version). Additional characters and areas are also unlockable in the game.[1] The HD re-release in 2014 contained small differences from the original such as including life-bars and altering the method to unlock certain items, but otherwise contains the same content with a few new weapons and a new stage.

Cel Damage features ten characters, six automatically given at the beginning of the game and four unlockable "guest star" characters.[3]

Plot[edit]

In the game, Cel Damage is a popular animated demolition derby series that airs weekly on the fictional network "'Toon T.V."[4] The characters in Cel Damage are a select few of cartoon characters who battle every week to achieve fame and glory.[4] The characters use their own vehicles[5] and battle using a variety of deadly weapons.[6] Because the characters in Cel Damage are cartoons, they cannot be killed and can continuously come back to fight again.[4]

Development[edit]

The Cel Damage graphics engine uses a rendering technique called cel-shading to produce this cartoon-like appearance.[7] Furthermore, the physics engine in Cel Damage is unique. Rather than aiming to simulate realistic real-world physics, it emulates complex cartoon physics; the physics engine calculates the relevant parts of physical interaction as they would in reality, and then distorts the physical laws to produce a cartoon-like interaction.[8] This can be seen, for example, when a car turns and the entire shape of the car deforms and flexes into the turning direction. Cars and game objects can realistically be sliced into pieces, flattened, frozen, shattered, shredded, impaled, lit on fire (and subsequently burn to a crisp and fall into ashes), and more.[8] Chris Hecker, editor of Game Developer magazine, described Cel Damage's cartoon-style graphics as "state-of-the-art for computer-game physics".[8]

Cel Damage was released as Cel Damage: Overdrive, a Europe-only title for the PlayStation 2. Play It released the game on December 12, 2002.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
GC PS2 PS4 PS Vita Xbox
AllGame N/A N/A N/A N/A 2.5/5 stars[9]
EGM N/A N/A N/A N/A 7.67 / 10[10]
Eurogamer N/A 5 / 10[11] N/A N/A N/A
Game Informer 5 / 10[12] N/A N/A N/A 5 / 10[13]
GamePro 4/5 stars[14] N/A N/A N/A 4.5/5 stars[15]
Game Revolution N/A N/A 3/5 stars[16] N/A C−[17]
GameSpot 5.7 / 10[18] N/A N/A N/A 5.7 / 10[2]
GameSpy 60%[19] N/A N/A N/A 61%[20]
GameZone 7.9 / 10[21] N/A 4.5 / 10[22][23] N/A 6.5 / 10[24]
IGN 6.3 / 10[25] N/A N/A N/A 6.5 / 10[26]
Nintendo Power 3.2 / 5[27] N/A N/A N/A N/A
OXM N/A N/A N/A N/A 6.8 / 10[28]
Aggregate scores
GameRankings 64%[29] 51%[30] 59%[31] 60%[32] 66%[33]
Metacritic 67 / 100[34] N/A 58 / 100[35] 58 / 100[36] 65 / 100[37]

Cel Damage was generally praised for its cartoon graphics, but received "mixed or average reviews" on all platforms according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[34][35][36][37] Gerald Villoria of GameSpot called the Xbox version's visuals "impressive," and stated that the player "can easily think that [he or she is] playing a real-time cartoon".[2] However, he added that some weapons in the game were far more useful than others, making the game a repetitive race to get the best weapon.[2] Vincent Lopez of IGN said the cel shading in the same version "was one of the best examples of the effect on the market," but that the game play is too difficult due to both the computer players and the small arenas.[26] Brian Davis of GameSpy praised the same version for its characters and maintaining its cartoon feel, but found that the game play was too short.[20]

Sequel[edit]

In 2002, Pseudo Interactive created an early prototype for a sequel to Cel Damage and pitched the project to Electronic Arts, SEGA, Ubisoft and Midway. The proposal was declined by each of the publishers it was offered to, due to the poor sales performance of the first game and concerns with the marketability of the property.[38]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Cel Damage". Electronic Arts. Archived from the original on January 20, 2008. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c Cel Damage GameCube Instruction Booklet, p. 7
  5. ^ Cel Damage GameCube Instruction Booklet, pp. 13-16
  6. ^ Cel Damage GameCube Instruction Booklet, p. 17
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  8. ^ a b c Weiss, Peter (January 23, 2002). "Calculating Cartoons". Science News Online. Science News. Archived from the original on March 1, 2007. Retrieved November 8, 2015. (subscription required)
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  10. ^ EGM staff (December 2001). "Cel Damage (Xbox)". Electronic Gaming Monthly: 250. 
  11. ^ Bramwell, Tom (May 7, 2003). "Cel Damage Overdrive". Eurogamer. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Cel Damage (GC)". Game Informer (107): 81. March 2002. 
  13. ^ Kato, Matthew (December 2001). "Cel Damage (Xbox)". Game Informer (104): 101. Archived from the original on December 1, 2003. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  14. ^ Pong Sifu (December 17, 2001). "Cel Damage Review for GameCube on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on December 22, 2004. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  15. ^ Dan Elektro (November 15, 2001). "Cel Damage Review for Xbox on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 7, 2005. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  16. ^ LaBella, Anthony (May 6, 2014). "Cel Damage HD Review (PS4)". Game Revolution. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
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  19. ^ Wessel, Craig (February 16, 2002). "Cel Damage (GameCube)". GameSpy. Archived from the original on February 7, 2005. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  20. ^ a b Davis, Brian (December 5, 2001). "Cel Damage (Xbox)". GameSpy. Archived from the original on February 8, 2005. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  21. ^ Bedigian, Louis (February 13, 2002). "Cel Damage Review - GameCube". GameZone. Archived from the original on March 4, 2007. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  22. ^ Donato, Joe (May 13, 2014). "Cel Damage HD review: I never asked for this (PS4)". GameZone. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  23. ^ "PS4 Reviews". GameZone. Archived from the original on July 1, 2014. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  24. ^ Lafferty, Michael (November 21, 2001). "Cel Damage Review - Xbox". GameZone. Archived from the original on March 21, 2009. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  25. ^ Mirabella III, Fran (January 11, 2002). "Cel Damage (GCN)". IGN. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  26. ^ a b Lopez, Vincent (November 6, 2001). "Cel Damage (Xbox)". IGN. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  27. ^ "Cel Damage". Nintendo Power 153: 149. February 2002. 
  28. ^ "Cel Damage". Official Xbox Magazine. December 2001. 
  29. ^ "Cel Damage for GameCube". GameRankings. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  30. ^ "Cel Damage Overdrive for PlayStation 2". GameRankings. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  31. ^ "Cel Damage HD for PlayStation 4". GameRankings. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  32. ^ "Cel Damage HD for PlayStation Vita". GameRankings. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  33. ^ "Cel Damage for Xbox". GameRankings. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
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  35. ^ a b "Cel Damage HD for PlayStation 4 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  36. ^ a b "Cel Damage HD for PlayStation Vita Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  37. ^ a b "Cel Damage for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  38. ^ Liam Robertson (2016-07-09), Cel Damage 2: The Unreleased Sequel - Unseen64, retrieved 2016-07-13 

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