At a Glance
|This game is recommended!
This game is not just good fun, it also stays fairly true to Christian moral values, making it a great addition to anyone's library!
|ESRB Rating:||NR - Not Rated|
|Review Published On:||June 9th, 2021|
This game feature violence that's fairly typical for a "kart" racer. That is, you can use weapons to knock other racers out of the race.
Like most racing games, the basic gameplay revolves around driving the car (or "antigrav" ship, in this case) down various racetracks in an attempt to pass the finish line before anybody else. There's more than one way to race though, so this only covers the general idea.
At the forefront of this game is a campaign mode. Each campaign features a number of unlockable events, which are a selection of different races. At the beginning of the game, only a few are available; you'll need to unlock the others by proving your skills in these races. This seems simple enough, but it's not as easy as it sounds.
Since this is about driving hovercars, there's more involved than normal driving. Unlike cars that grip the road with rubber tires, these hovering racers need to use an airbraking system to manage their turning radius and control the pitch of the vehicle to avoid drag. Make a mistake when you use your airbrakes and you'll find yourself slamming into walls or careening off the track. That's bad enough, but if you point your vehicle's nose in the wrong way, you'll add a lot of drag that'll slow you down. As this is a race, that's usually something to avoid.
Fortunately, there is another option if the campaigns are too difficult for you. The real meat and potatoes of this game is its support for mods and custom races. In addition to letting you create and share new tracks and vehicles via the Steam Workshop, you have the ability to set up and play your own "campaigns".
In the custom race mode, you get to choose how many racers there are, how skilled the AI is, and what racetracks are involved. You can also change other things, like whether or not the racers can use powerups. There aren't any restrictions for this mode, so you can jump right in without bothering with the campaigns.
Overall, BallisticNG is a fun little racing game. But, as much as I'd like to recommend it, the unusual controls create a learning curve that may limit casual players to lower speeds or difficulty settings. There's definitely a niche community supporting this game though, so it's all a matter of taste.
Points of Interest
There are also some Steam trading cards available, but the really interesting stuff is found in the Steam Workshop, which allows players to create and share their own hovercars and tracks!
Concerns and Issues
Ships can be destroyed by weapons or by being disqualified. When this happens, they flare briefly and then the 3D model falls apart at the seams.