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#1 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 09:32 PM

I got a press release about this game, which seems to be an RC Car Combat Soccer game for PSN. If you want to see screenshots or a video of its in action, check out the official site here.

Psyonix Studios today announced Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, an arena-based online vehicle sports game for PLAYSTATION® Network that brings together animated vehicles in sports-like gameplay.

The game features vehicles with incredible physics-based maneuverability, including boosters for launching high into the air or accelerating at break-neck speed on the ground. In the air, cars can roll, flip, jump, dodge or spin. In this team-based soccer-inspired game, the vehicles maneuver to perform breathtaking saves, awe-inspiring shots on goal, and gruesome demolishes of opponent cars. These abilities, combined with the players' own creativity, create a unique and thrilling experience every time.

Wide-ranging community involvement is supported through team and league play, as well as extensive statistical tracking, rankings, and rewards for individuals and teams. The game features mini-games and single player matches as well as team and league matches and scrimmage matches online. Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars will also feature PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system trophies and players will be able to upload videos of their most exciting games to YouTube.

"It takes a pretty special game to carry such a lengthy title and be able to hold its head high amongst games with much shorter names," commented Dave Hagewood, Director of Development at Psyonix Studios. "Thankfully, we don't have to worry about fitting this title on a package."

Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars is expected to be available in early fall 2008.

If you've never heard of Psyonix, here's their previous work, which includes porting Monster Madness to the PS3 and helping out with the development of Gears of War, Unreal Tournament III, and Unreal Tournament 2k4.

I like that they're going to be supporting trophies and the new Youtube upload feature, as well. Looks interesting right now.

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 10:00 PM

Say that 5 times fast.

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 11:33 PM

Well combat sports games are greatly needed (I still think mutant league football and hockey were two of the greatest sports titles of all time and at the top of my games which need sequels list). Car combat also rocks (I was praying for a twisted metal announcement at E3), so this has a lot of potential in my book.

Hopefully it will be out sometime this year...

#4 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 11:43 PM

Its release date:

Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars is expected to be available in early fall 2008.



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Posted 08 August 2008 - 11:44 PM

I just saw that :)

Yay for not making me wait 6 months plus for PSN games (fat princess/flower/wipeout, etc.)

#6 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 17 September 2008 - 10:59 PM

http://www.1up.com/d...Id=3169968&p=37

Some new info from 1up:

In between working on other projects (notably, Unreal Tournament 2004 and Gears of War), Psyonix have been quietly creating their own original IP, Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, and it's almost ready for release. Talking with one of the developers, we found that their primary goal was to create a game that's just pure, multiplayer fun, and it looks like they're on the right track.

The premise of the PlayStation Network-exclusive title is simple -- play soccer with remote-controlled cars that can fly and destroy one another. You score by ramming your titular battle-car into an obscenely large ball to send it rolling toward the goal while avoiding getting slammed by your opponents. Up to four players can get together locally, or eight people can join up for online carnage.

This downloadable game has notable extras. A well-integrated movie-creator mode allows you to take a saved match, cut together scenes from any angle, speed it up, slow it down, and then post it for the world's viewing enjoyment on PSN and YouTube. If you want to take your boasting one step further, it also has bronze, silver, and gold Trophy support.

For the truly dedicated, clan-like leagues look to ensure that the hardcore will have an outlet for mastering the game. And leaderboards and easily created tournaments should let top players vie for distinction. However, Psyonix promises that their matchmaking system should ensure fair, balanced matches even for new players.

Despite these trappings, the game is very minimalist. Your only power -- besides jumping -- is the ability to boost across the stage at supersonic speeds. And the only power-ups in the game are capsules that replenish your boost meter. It's got no obstacles to dodge or crazy mazes to navigate. It's just you, the ball, and the other players. Even with this stripped-down aesthetic, the frenetic pace takes a few matches to get used to.

Eight cars fill out the game's roster -- although you'll have to unlock six of them -- from an old-timey Model T to a steampunk-inspired spheroid. The differences are almost entirely cosmetic, however, and the stats for each vehicle are exactly the same. Since the car itself doesn't matter, a vehicle-customization mode would seem to make sense, but that feature is strangely absent.

The developers haven't ignored the single-player mode. Twenty minigames, designed to both improve and test your driving skills, flesh out the experience. A few we saw involved destroying as many enemy cars as possible in a given time limit and guarding your goal from cannon-propelled balls. But no matter how much fun they may be to master and unlock, the main draw of this game is the multiplayer.

With a simple concept and addictive local co-op, Battle-Cars may be a surprise hit when it finally becomes available for download. Look for Psyonix to release the game and demo simultaneously sometime early this fall.



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Posted 18 September 2008 - 12:15 AM

Where the hell are all these things coming from?! I remember last year we had like no PSN games, now we're swimming in em.
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Posted 18 September 2008 - 02:27 AM

http://www.gametrail...ayer/39007.html

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Posted 19 September 2008 - 04:19 PM

So, soccer with little cars? Might be okay...
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Posted 25 September 2008 - 08:37 AM

I was very interested in this game when I first saw it. Now I see that I can unlock a Model T skin...SOLD!

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 09:57 AM

So... It's Carball?

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#12 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 12:44 AM

http://www.ps3fanboy...-date-revealed/

Looks like SARPBC will be coming out next week for $14.99.

Battle Cars will feature trophy support, YouTube uploading, custom soundtracks, online leaderboards and online voice chat. There will also be a video editor within the game, giving you lots of advanced options to edit the footage in-game, including adding slow motion to replays. Offline, the game will support 4 players, while online will support 8. Multiple players on a single PS3 can play together in online matches, so two PS3s with 4 players on each is entirely possible.

The game will launch with three maps, though more will follow. There's also the possibility that some DLC may be free, though that's unconfirmed as of yet (confirmed!).



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Posted 03 October 2008 - 01:21 AM

With that feature list the extra 5 bucks is worth it.

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 02:53 AM

in-game video editor... now that's crazy. I hope they stick with the free DLC promise.

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Posted 09 October 2008 - 04:41 PM

Just a bump since this comes out today, there's a new video on the PSBlog, demo will have online and offline. Looks like it should be good.

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Posted 09 October 2008 - 04:50 PM

The videos I've seen have me interested. I'll definitely be trying out the demo and I'll go from there.
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Posted 09 October 2008 - 07:25 PM

Has this gone live yet?

I have been waiting forever for this to come out and I still have two hours before I can get home to play it!

Could someone buy it and describe themselves playing it....I need my fix!

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Posted 09 October 2008 - 07:26 PM

Has there been any talk of a CAG team?

I was reading that this supports teams in the sense that anytime you and your team play together it will count toward an overall team leaderboard. I am very much interested in starting one if anyone else would be down.

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#19 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 09 October 2008 - 07:29 PM

The PS Store will happen within the next few hours, most likely.


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Posted 09 October 2008 - 08:15 PM

Has there been any talk of a CAG team?

I was reading that this supports teams in the sense that anytime you and your team play together it will count toward an overall team leaderboard. I am very much interested in starting one if anyone else would be down.


Hey -- I'm interested. Count me in!
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#21 UnderHero5

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Posted 10 October 2008 - 05:14 PM

So did any one buy or try this?

I gave the demo a shot and it struck me as very "meh".
I also didn't notice a way to play anything but the boring mini-games. Is there a way to actually play the soccer mode in the demo?
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Posted 10 October 2008 - 05:23 PM

Agree. The trailers all looked so cool too, but in the end the game was a little underwhelming. At $10 it would look more like a deal, but at 15 it's really only worth it on a gameshare.
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Posted 10 October 2008 - 05:39 PM

You can play a soccer game online or withe a friend, but I couldn't find a single player game. Unfortunitly the game doesn't last and it tells you to get the full version for a full match. Something I would have done if Sony would accept the fact that I live in an apt, stupid CC entry form. ..

#24 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 10 October 2008 - 06:31 PM

You can play a soccer game online or withe a friend, but I couldn't find a single player game. Unfortunitly the game doesn't last and it tells you to get the full version for a full match. Something I would have done if Sony would accept the fact that I live in an apt, stupid CC entry form. ..

CC's work for me and I live in an apartment.


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Posted 10 October 2008 - 06:55 PM

CC's work for me and I live in an apartment.


How did you enter your address? street address on line 1, APT on line 2?

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How did you enter your address? street address on line 1, APT on line 2?

Put your apartment number in address line 1, with the rest of your apartment in address line 2. PSN is very picky when it comes to info.

Also, make SURE the info you enter matches what your bank has for your DC/CC on file. If it says you live on oak st, you put oak st. Putting "Oak ST" might cause an issue (it can be case sensitive). It should work, but being case sensitive and apartment number needs to be on line 1 are the two mistakes most people make.
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#27 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 10 October 2008 - 08:15 PM

How did you enter your address? street address on line 1, APT on line 2?

Same line. I just typed it in the same way I do for anything and it worked perfectly.


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#28 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 11 October 2008 - 01:07 AM

Managed to get a code and I'm liking the game so far. Played an online match and lost in overtime, but I got two goals. :D

If you want to try to get the game for free, PS3 Fanboy's giving away a code here:

http://www.ps3fanboy...ed-battle-cars/


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#29 miyamotofreak

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Posted 11 October 2008 - 09:06 PM

You guys want to start a game group for this? Seems like good for CAG night.

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Posted 11 October 2008 - 09:09 PM

I guess we can. I probably won't be able to get on to create it tonight, but if you want to go ahead and do it, be my guest.

Recorded my first online match and uploaded it to Youtube:



Scored two goals in a 4-3 overtime loss and earned MVP honors.


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