[PS4] Pressure Overdrive Review

by Ceidz, Owner

Pressure Overdrive is a twin-stick action racing game from Chasing Carrots. Is it a good one? Read our Pressure Overdrive review to find out!

Step up a gear with Pressure Overdrive! Start your steam buggy and join “La Resistance”. It’s still time to prevent Count Soap from powering his Uber-Spa with stolen water! In Pressure Overdrive you drive through an action packed world, filled with crazy characters and funky humor. This game will challenge your skills, while you race, ram and blast your way through countless bullets and enemies. Customize your buggy for clever play styles and have a friend join the cause in local coop mode. “La Resistance” counts on you! Do you have what it takes?

Pressure Overdrive – Launch trailer

Pressure Overdrive starts as Morgan – our main protagonist – wants to go swimming in the lake right next to his house. Unfortunately, he soon notices that a band of evildoers took away all the water off. Morgan decides to race up the now dry riverbed in order to reclaim his river. It’s honestly a silly premise, but it perfectly sets the comical tone for the rest of the game!

In essence, Pressure Overdrive is a twin stick shooter in which the left stick steers your buggy, and the right one shoots with your equipped weapon. Your buggy runs on pressure (hence the game name), and you need pressure to fire shots so that you can destroy your enemies. If you run out of pressure, your buggy won’t stop and will only shoot (really) slowly. But fear not as destroying other buggies will reward you with a small pressure bonus.

There is also a garage available where you can buy upgrades for your buggy or increase its defense. When upgrading your buggy, you’ll need to consider that some upgrades use more pressure, so you’ll eventually need to buy upgrades that increase the available pressure. I also had fun reading the short descriptions for the upgrades!

Pressure Overdrive features three different game modes. You’ll want to begin with the campaign which will lead you through the riverbed and up to recover your lake. Then there is a Free Play, followed by Endless. In Endless you will go through waves of enemies in smaller races than those found in the main campaign. Once you reach the end of a segment, you are greeted by a Slot Wheel which will give you the chance to earn one of four temporary or permanent upgrades (depending on your luck), which will be available until your buggy explodes – and when that happens you can rank your score in the online leaderboards. There is even a couch co-op mode available!

The presentation of Pressure Overdrive is impressive as the game, making this a gorgeous and colorful game running at a solid 60fps. As you progress through the game, you’ll also get to check out different cutscenes and meet epic bosses, which sometimes made me feel as if I was watching a Saturday morning cartoon! The soundtrack for the game is also catchy and you might find yourself humming a tune or two after you’ve finished your gaming session.

Final Thoughts
I liked playing through Pressure Overdrive, and had fun with the way each race was setup. The environments look great and the game runs very smoothly. There are a ton of upgrades you can add to your buggy so that you can customize your experience, adding a lot of replay value to the game – especially when you factor in Endless mode and the leaderboards.

Cost: $12.99
PSN Game size: 1.0GB (PS4)

This Pressure Overdrive review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Chasing Carrots.

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