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MadOut Is A Pretty Terrible Combat Racer On Linux

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Here I am pointing out another game you should probably avoid on Linux. This time it’s the turn of MadOut, a combat racer that’s just not good.

MadOut certainly looked like it would be pretty promising, but sadly after checking it out I found it to be lacking in everything. I’m really not surprised the reviews on Steam are “Mixed” with nearly as many negative reviews as there are positive reviews.

I had a few people ask about MadOut, so I decided to take a quick look at it to advise people how to spend their money.

The good
The cars themselves don’t actually look too bad, you can choose a couple different paint jobs for them to suit your style, or even different wheel styles. I like customization, so having that was rather nice.

My Logitech was picked up fine, and worked well.

That is about all the good points though.

The bad
The game has some translation errors in places, as noted by a review on Steam I also noticed some russian characters appearing in random places.

The tracks are simplistic, boring and very straightforward. I’m not sure how else to describe them, but they really were just that dull.

The cars don’t actually make any noise, at all. The only sound you hear is either music, or random tyre squeal when taking a corner. What kind of actual car racing game that attempts to have real looking cars doesn’t have even a hint of engine noise?

The user interface is awful. It looks like it was designed solely to be used on a tablet. The main menu is confusing, and annoying to use. It’s a serious eyesore, whoever thought bland grey overlays was a good idea needs to rethink their design skills.

It looks nothing close to the screenshots on Steam. This is another case of a developer using extra effects for the screenshots, do not trust them.

The cars seem sluggish and completely unrealistic in their handling, it’s very much a basic representation of driving, very arcade in style. To quote a Steam review for it “the cars handle like shopping carts“. I think that guy had it pretty bang on in his review.

It also pollutes your home folder with a "MadOut" folder, inside is one single config file. What's even the point of a new folder for that in my home?

I’m glad the Steam refund feature exists now, and it’s easy to get a refund. I did so with this title, as I could never honestly see myself picking it up again.

About the game (Official)
Wrecked cars making jumps over bumps and potholes, not always fitting into corners, they are driving at maximum speeds with only one goal in mind - to be the first on the finish line. Win the race. Be better than rivals in every way. Take the main prize!

Unlike the other games, where you can only knock your rival off the track, this game will allow you creatively get rid of rivals. How about to smash cars? You can do that! Get rid off the rivals with missiles and mines or knock them off the road with your car. Put the fear in them! Do whatever you want - there are no rules except The desire to win. Ability to upgrade your car and the car's weapons like never before. Physics from the real world - you can even feel the weight of a car.

Find MadOut on Steam, but I would just go buy Distance or DiRT Showdown. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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Xpander 29 Aug, 2015
it feels more like a mobile phone game not a PC game. all the tracks are pretty much the same, textures are terrible, music is terrible, translation errors.

handling isnt that bad actually and damage model can be overlooked also but the rest is just pure junk

it was i think 103MB also only.

View video on youtube.com
Ignis 29 Aug, 2015
QuoteWhat kind of actual car racing game that attempts to have real looking cars doesn’t have even a hint of engine noise?
Well, https://www.newsday.com/classifieds/cars/mercedes-benz-electric-cars-get-artificial-engine-noise-for-safety-1.6692802
Liam Dawe 29 Aug, 2015
Quoting: Ignis
QuoteWhat kind of actual car racing game that attempts to have real looking cars doesn’t have even a hint of engine noise?
Well, https://www.newsday.com/classifieds/cars/mercedes-benz-electric-cars-get-artificial-engine-noise-for-safety-1.6692802

You're actually helping my point, they still put a noise in ;)
nitroflow 29 Aug, 2015
Quoting: liamdawe
Quoting: Ignis
QuoteWhat kind of actual car racing game that attempts to have real looking cars doesn’t have even a hint of engine noise?
Well, https://www.newsday.com/classifieds/cars/mercedes-benz-electric-cars-get-artificial-engine-noise-for-safety-1.6692802

You're actually helping my point, they still put a noise in ;)

While watching Xpander's video I did hear engine noise, although very faint and barely audible over the loud music, but still...
MayeulC 29 Aug, 2015
Quoting: nitroflowWhile watching Xpander's video I did hear engine noise, although very faint and barely audible over the loud music, but still...
Yeah, me too. Isn't it possible to change music level ?
amonobeax 29 Aug, 2015
I'd just like to point something out.

It's good to see game thoughts mature here.
Correct if I'm wrong, but first we used to avaluate only the game's performance on linux rarely talking about the game itself (like giving the dev's a break cause they had decided to release a game for us).

Now it's awesome to see not only the port quality avaluated but also the game quality.
Congratulations GoL community (mainly to all writers).
Maokei 29 Aug, 2015
That music in the game screams a lack of taste!
slaapliedje 29 Aug, 2015
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Quoting: amonobeaxI'd just like to point something out.

It's good to see game thoughts mature here.
Correct if I'm wrong, but first we used to avaluate only the game's performance on linux rarely talking about the game itself (like giving the dev's a break cause they had decided to release a game for us).

Now it's awesome to see not only the port quality avaluated but also the game quality.
Congratulations GoL community (mainly to all writers).

I was just about to say that. To have actually reviews that'll say 'avoid buying this, just because the developers are supporting Linux, doesn't mean you should encourage them to write garbage.' is great to see. But then remember the days when people were allowed to download demos and try games out before buying? Occasionally I see a game with a demo, but not very often.
melkemind 29 Aug, 2015
Quoting: Xpanderit feels more like a mobile phone game not a PC game. all the tracks are pretty much the same, textures are terrible, music is terrible, translation errors.

It feels like a mobile phone game because it is a mobile phone game. That seems to be the new trend: port mobile games to PC on the cheap with little or no improvements.
Liam Dawe 29 Aug, 2015
Thanks for the kind words folks, will try to do cover more games like this then if people find them useful.
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