Wreckfest just fully embraces what it is, and you have to respect it. Bugbear’s brash, fender-bending racer has been unleashed on PlayStation 5 as part of May’s PlayStation Plus lineup, and it’s still very much the chaotic, crash-happy, Destruction Derby-esque experience people love. In the jump to new hardware, the game definitely benefits in a few areas, though some enhancements are better than others.
The most noticeable (and appreciated) improvement is the leap from 30 to 60 frames-per-second, which makes it buttery smooth even with all the pile-ups and flying debris. In our time with the PS5 version, we didn’t spot a single hitch in performance — it seems rock solid. The developer has also made efforts to utilise the DualSense controller’s bells and whistles. The triggers have varying degrees of resistance depending on the action — it’s harder to push down the accelerator when you’re at high damage, for instance. Meanwhile, the haptics provide some directional feedback when you’re in a scrap. While it’s not the most impressive use of the tech, it’s of course a cut above the controller experience on PS4.
The loading times, which were rather lengthy on previous hardware, are definitely improved here. Anyone frustrated by long waits between events will have a better time with the PS5 version. However, relative to other native PS5 titles, Wreckfest’s loads are still on the longer side — hopefully this is something that can be further optimised.
Other than that, there’s basic but useful Activity Card usage to quickly get you into career events, and the online multiplayer functions just fine, although we did encounter some problems with latency there. All in all, though, this is a pretty decent upgrade to a fun game. If you’d like to read more about Wreckfest, check out our review of the PS4 version through here.