5 kart racers that we’d like to see
Every generation, Sony takes one of its biggest franchises and turns it into a kart racer; on PSone it was Crash Bandicoot, on PS2 it was Jak and Daxter, and on PS3 it will be LittleBigPlanet. Kart racers are often looked upon with contempt by many gamers, because it normally signals the end of a console generation, and a refocus towards a more casual audience.
However, they also (usually) happen to be bloody good fun, so PS3 Attitude thought we’d take a look at which other games we’d like to see given the kart racing treatment.
Ratchet & Clank
We’ll start with our most obvious selection. So obvious, in fact, that we wouldn’t be surprised if the idea of a Ratchet & Clank kart racer had been chucked around the Insomniac and Sony offices at one time or another. After all, the franchise has already featured hover racing, so it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to translate that into a standalone game.
And then, of course, there are the crazy weapons, many of which would work brilliantly in a kart racer, including several that turn enemies into various farmyard animals, such as chickens, ducks, cows and, er, penguins.
Metal Gear Solid
Our own DolphGB takes much of the credit for this one. It’s definitely on the line between downright insanity and utter genius, so we’ll let you be the judge.
To kick off, weapon pick-ups could be shaped like cardboard boxes with exclamation marks on them, and the iconic alert noise played whenever you collect them. Maybe one such weapon could be a Playboy magazine, to slow your opponents down as they stop to look at it; perverts!
Also, as Dolph rightly points out, The Big Shell is essentially a readymade kart racing track. We’ll be honest; this sounds like pure genius to us!
Crash Bandicoot became Crash Team Racing and Jak and Daxter became Jak X: Combat Racing. Naughty Dog is clearly no stranger to kart racers, so will Uncharted become Un-kart-ed? We seriously doubt it, but when asked what’s next for the Uncharted franchise, Creative Director Amy Hennig once joked that the studio of course has to make the obligatory kart racer.
Although it sounds crazy at first, the series could potentially make for an awesome karting game, what with the beautiful locations and huge cast of characters; we’re personally still looking for revenge on Lazarević, after that horribly frustrating boss battle from the second game.
Before you say it, no we haven’t gone mad; all we ask is that you hear us out. Some might call it sacrilege, but just imagine if you could take the ridiculously deep gameplay and high production values of the Gran Turismo franchise, and apply them to an arcade-style racer. Think Blur, but awesome rather than simply decent.
With licensed cars and tracks, but with an emphasis on more aggressive gameplay, a Gran Turismo karting game could genuinely revolutionise the genre. The bad news is, considering Polyphony Digital’s track record, we wouldn’t get our hands on it until the year 2018 (at the earliest).
God of War
By their very nature, kart racers are targeted towards young, casual gamers. However, many are also played by seasoned pros, so what if it was possible to reinvent the genre for a more mature audience? With its graphic nature and unapologetic violence, if any PlayStation franchise has what it takes to do just that, it’s surely God of War.
Of course, Kratos would have to win every single race, and ram each of his opponents off the road on his way to the finish line, leaving a pile of corpses in his wake. Old habits die hard, right?