Extravagant names seem to be in fashion these days, so here comes The Collider 2, a casual obstacle-racing and coin-collecting game developed by ShortBreak Studios and sporting a title that has absolutely nothing to do with its gameplay. As one of your planet’s few remaining elite pilots, your job is instead to infiltrate the alien mother-ship that is threatening your home and proceed to its destruction by dodging obstacles, collecting coins, and blowing up several enemies.
What The Collider 2 sets out to deliver is an enjoyable casual racing experience, only partially succeeding in doing so. Dodging obstacles and collecting coins surely sounds like fun, especially for the occasional player, but the game fails when it comes to deliver enough variety to keep you interested for longer periods of time. This is mostly due to the limited amount of game modes this title has to offer as the missions you can go through are divided in scouting, where you are tasked with finishing a race within a set amount of time; target elimination, in which you have to destroy a certain amount of the targets you will encounter as you run from point A to point B; a re-skin of the latter which sees you collecting specific targets instead of destroying them, and the occasional boss fight at the end of each segment.
Only A Partial Success
Exception made for these encounters that provide you with a much needed bit of change every now and then, albeit having to be completed before the timers run out, the overall feeling that will pervade you while playing past the first couple of segments is that of having already seen all The Collider 2 has to offer. Picking up one of the power-ups scattered through the levels, changing the appearance of the ship you’re piloting (all of them seem to handle the same, anyway), or finally unlocking the competitive leaderboards and the infinite survival mode will give you an illusion of progression.
If the content this title has to offer leaves room for improvement, the same can’t be said for the way it is delivered. The Collider 2 makes good use of Unreal Engine 4 to provide you with a sleek yet minimalistic UI that shows just the right amount of information and doesn’t get in the way while playing. Speed and responsiveness are delivered through a sci-fi art style which is vibrant and colorful and all of this is topped with a rather enjoyable set of sound effects which are only slightly set back by the repetitive soundtrack and by the extremely annoying announcer who doesn’t seem to understand that the moment in which your shields are depleted might be a good one to shut his loud mouth. The game features partial VR support, which I was not able to test, but in any case requires you to use a mouse or a joypad to move around the levels. As joypad sensitivity seems to always be too low, even after cranking the corresponding slider all the way up in the options menu, my personal suggestion would be to use a mouse when playing the more challenging levels this game has to offer.
Enjoyable Yet Lacking
There’s little left to say about The Collider 2. In its current state, the game is surely enjoyable when played in short bursts but lacks the necessary content to keep you hooked for long or to push you to return once you completed the campaign. It seems like the development team couldn’t manage to cater to a specific audience and decided to go for a mixed gameplay style that would appease both, resulting in a product that is at times frustrating and too hard for casual gamers and unable to satisfy those who are looking for a more fleshed out and complex experience.
The absence of a storyline which would keep you interested and the fact that completing all levels in a segment is not enough to progress to the next one, as the game asks you for a minimum amount of stars to let you unlock the next area, transform even the campaign in a painstakingly long experience that will see you attempting the same races over and over until you manage to succeed, further detracting from the overall sense of accomplishment this game would have the potential to give you and resulting in a title that you might risk getting bored of before completion. If you want to have a go at it and try it out for yourself, The Collider 2 is currently available on Steam for less than 10$ USD.
A PC copy of The Collider 2 was provided by the publisher. To learn more about our score,read our review policy.