Antigraviator

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Pedal to the metal sci-fi racer quickly runs out of gas.

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Positive Messages

The game is a straight up race to the finish line. There's no messages to be found other than coming in first.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players take a seat behind the wheel and race other real human or computer-controlled AI opponents. That's the only role they play, serving no purpose other than to drive the car and provide a name for the leaderboards.

Ease of Play

Basic, straightforward racing controls. The barrel roll adds a little something new, but doesn't significantly change much in gameplay. Difficulty comes in managing the insane speeds the cars are capable of.

Violence

Players can trigger traps, such as rock slides and bombs, to try and slow down opponents, or they can sideswipe opponents to run them into walls or cause them to lose control.

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Language

While the main game doesn't feature any profanity, it's still possible to be exposed to toxic and offensive language due to online multiplayer.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Antigraviator is a downloadable high speed futuristic racing game available for Windows-based PCs, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Players compete against computer-controlled or human opponents in fast paced matches, hovering over winding tracks in sci-fi styled antigravity hovercraft. The controls are generally familiar and instantly accessible, though actually controlling the vehicle can be an intense chore due to the breakneck speeds that can be achieved. Violence is limited to racers crashing their rides or causing grief for each other through the use of traps, which can cause explosions, rockslides, and other unique road hazards. Although the game doesn't specifically include any sort of profanity or offensive language, parents should be aware that online play could still expose young kids to potential toxic conversations. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content.

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What's it about?

Speed is the name of the game in ANTIGRAVIATOR, a portmanteau of "antigravity" and "aviator". But not matter how you say it, this sci-fi racer has you flying down futuristic tracks at insanely fast speeds. How fast you can go is limited only by your skills in taking corners, dodging hazards, and barrel rolling past the competition. Battle for the top spot of the leaderboard in a standard race, a last man standing style Deathmatch, or race the clock to survive in Countdown. And if the computer-controlled AI opponents aren’t giving you enough competition, you can add a little extra human element by racing against other players in online or split screen matches for up to four players.

Is it any good?

When it comes to racing games, one thing fans can't seem to get enough of is speed, but this racer manages to run out of steam before crossing the finish line. Antigraviator, like other racing games, gives a sense of the world whizzing by in a blur, but it takes that to an extreme new level, pushing the boundaries of what defines speed. From the minute the green light drops and you punch the gas, these sci-fi hoversleds scream down the tracks. Unlike most games that limit your top speed, Antigraviator keeps moving faster and faster. Of course, maintaining control at higher and higher speeds gets to be nearly impossible. And if you rub up against the edge of the track or take a turn too wide, all that velocity you've built quickly vanishes. More impressive than the game's pace is its capability to keep up with that pace. Even cruising at full speed, the framerate is smooth as silk. You'd be in awe of the detail and colors of the world, if they weren't flying by so fast.

Antigraviator has the pedal to the metal when it comes to speed, and it's a lean mean racing machine. Unfortunately, it's that "lean" part where it starts to have engine trouble. Although players can customize their vehicles in a number of ways, none of them actually affect performance. And as far as the cosmetic changes go, no matter what you do, vehicles basically look the same, although with different coats of paint. There's a single-player campaign mode, but there's not much of a "campaign" involved. Instead, it's just a string of races against AI opponents, with the goal of earning money to unlock new tracks and car parts. There's no story at all, and after a while, it feels like you're just going through the motions. If you're going to race, it might as well be against human opponents. At least in those races, there's an extra layer of unpredictability. Antigraviator is much better played with others. Just don't get carried away when you hit the actual roadways.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about positive character strengths like competition and sportsmanship. What are some ways to be a good sport in competitions like the races in Antigraviator, and how can you deal with others that may be poor sports? What are some behaviors to practice both when winning or losing?

  • Why is professional racing performed in a controlled environment, and what are some of the ways driver protect themselves and others in races?

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