Give us our Rage Meters!
The Anki Overdrive is in many ways a dream piece of kit for the home-alone petrol head. Think a massively AI-led, fantasy fun-filled version of the Scalextric kits of old, and you have an idea, just a rough idea of what the Anki Overdrive galaxy is about.
We had a play with the Anki Overdrive starter kit a few months back, and we came away experiencing an AI-based racing game like never before. App-led, with cars that each had their distinctive ever-evolving characteristics in terms of capabilities, it was a revelation. Each of the cars [in our case Nuke and Thermo] had distinctive characteristics. Plus, as the game progressed, the cars learn from your driving patterns and basically get better at kicking your ass. Of course, we loved options like ganging up against an opponent. And let’s not forget weapons. Thermo’s Flame Thrower was a particular favorite. I also loved Nuke’s Decimator high-octane fuel slugs which weakened enemy cars.
So when it came to expanding the line-up, the brand naturally enough, decided against having cars at all. Instead Anki have introduced a large, not so nimble, yet powerful supertruck range. In the spirit of the brand, the X52 is one awesomely designed piece of truck , easily at home in a George Miller vision. Not too surprising, given that they’ve been designed by Hollywood car designer Harald Belker, whose portfolio includes futuristic vehicles for movies like Minority Report, Tron: Legacy and 2012’s Total Recall.
So first up, you wonder why a truck, after all, on the tracks it does seem to move far less nimbly as compared to the other cars. And then it strikes you. That’s the exact point. Some of the modes on the X52 are sheer muscle. Take Rage Meter, for instance. Keep going at the max speed, and your Rage Meter filling up. Once full, you can let loose on your rest of the herd.
Easily the best addition with the trucks is the Takeover game mode. Here, up to three players start in regular Anki cars while an AI driver handles the truck. Break the X52’s defences and you get control of the supertruck [with your control being AI-led], and free to destroy the rest. Very well designed, this one. And let’s not forget the Pulse Ram that can blast vehicles right off the track, flashing lights et al.
Are the Supertrucks a tad more tougher? Maybe so, since being a little bulky as should be the case, you can push them off the tracks if you time it right. Also, you can’t use them for the jumps, so that’s a downer. That said, for a muscle-boasting, road-rage filled and yet AI-led racing experience this is a huge addition to the Anki line!
The Anki X52 Supertrucks are priced at AED 349.99 and available at major retailers including Virgin Megastore, Hub Zero, Harvey Nichols, iStyle, and Dubai and Sharjah Duty Free.