Carmageddon: Max Damage

Game review by Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Bloody, gory racing game runs flat on all of its tires.

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 16+

Based on 1 review

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Community Reviews

age 15+

Goofy, humorous violence and gore.

For the uninitiated, Carmageddon is an old racing title from an age of gaming where "You can run people over and things blow up ... IN 3D!!!" was enough to sell a game. The fans got together and Kickstarted a new version of the game. I'm a Carmageddon fan from the late 90s and early 00s, so I like this game. Kids today or adults unfamiliar with Carmageddon probably won't because it's slow and clunky - what I see as charm, they will probably see as a poorly made game. So that's probably a reason to not buy it for your teenage child. As for the gore aspect of this game, yes it's there, and yes, it's very silly. This game's tongue is so firmly in its cheek it's threatening to come tearing out of its face. Naughty words are sewn euphemistically in to racing lingo - if you smash another racer in to submission "You Wrecked 'em!" (say it quickly a few times) comes up, aerial acrobatics bonuses are accompanied by an assurance you've performed a "Cunning Stunt!". Yes, old ladies with Zimmerframes will come barrelling over your bonnet in a bloody mess, but there's also a type of pick-up that ensures they will be dancing the tango as they do so, or spontaneously explode, or come flying towards your stationary car at 50mph to the accompaniment of a comedy vacuum cleaner noise. Everything about this game is silly - all the other cars look like they were turned down for a role in Mad Max for being too ostentatious. I've voted this one as a 15 because you could reasonably be disturbed by the glee your twelve-year-old takes in powersliding through a drive-thru strip club full of dancing girls, cows and penguins. That said, the gore never feels like anything other than red pixels and I could completely understand a parent giving it to a younger child if they were particularly interested. Chances are though, they won't be - I'd say this one is aimed fairly firmly at the full-gown adults who played the original one when they were kids.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 18+

Best game ever

Okay now this game in my book is probably the best game ever made stainless games has made some cool games in the past but carmageddon: max damage Takes the cake, but please keep in mind that this game is rated M so I recommend gamers under the age of 18 should not play this game

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

Game Details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Stainless Games
  • Release date: July 8, 2016
  • Genre: Racing
  • Topics: Cars and Trucks
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Violence
  • Last updated: January 13, 2022

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