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Wreckfest Review: Crashing The Party

If there’s anything to be learned from a game like Wreckfest, it’s that thrashing around old bangers, running opponents into concrete barriers, and threading the needle between a group of crashing cars can, even in 2018, be brilliantly fun. After a four-year stint in Steam’s early access, Wreckfest has hit the track with surprising confidence. Showing off its impressive soft-body collision system that lets colliding cars twist and crush with brutal realism and some fierce AI, every event is brimming with satisfaction. Wreckfest succeeds where it matters, becoming one of the most surprising and gratifying racing games of the year.

Wreckfest’s career mode is made up of five different championships, each consisting of various events–from multi-race championships to one-off demolition derbys–that each gradually unlock as you gain XP and increase your driver level. In addition to XP, rewards are doled out regularly in the form of performance parts along with credits to buy new cars and parts with, so even a poor finish, which will happen, never feels like wasted time.

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Most career events are a simple race to the finish where you’ll have a handful of laps to hunt down the opposition and score as good a position as possible, giving you a chance to serve up mayhem while slicing through the field. Race starts are a gorgeous, chaotic mess that can feel like running a gauntlet as cars jostle and barge for position. They’re also where the game’s marquee destruction engine shows off its capabilities as cars fly off the course through wooden fences and tire barriers, sending debris scattering into the air and across the road. It can be spectacular to watch from a distance when tailing a pack of cars or during a replay, but equally brutal when you’re the one involved in it.

Other event types include demolition derbys, where you try to turn your opponents’ cars into cubes of twisted steel by smashing into them as hard as you can, and elimination-style heat races that normally take place on a closed figure eight track or an oval. There’s also the occasional lawnmower derby, which shows off the game’s slightly twisted sense of humor. Each mode not only offers some variety in destruction but is also visually spectacular in its own right. Landing a perfectly timed swipe that puts an opponent into the path of an oncoming car and watching the resulting destruction behind you looks just as great as slamming a school bus into a pack of Minis.

Damage in Wreckfest has two settings: normal and realistic. On normal, you and your opponents can survive more than your fair share of hard hits, making heavy impacts much more forgiving. But with realistic conditions, things get a lot tougher and a bit more spectacular too. Longer races become tests of survival, as all it takes is one bad collision to put a car out of contention (or at least change how it handles). A bad landing off a jump could destroy your suspension and send you into a wall of concrete that shatters spectacularly upon impact, and that’s your race done. There’s no rewinding time to fix your mistakes, either; you’ll need to restart the race if it all goes south. But while this kind of repetition would normally be grating, the act of racing is so good that it takes the edge off.

When you do manage to escape the chaos and settle into a good driving rhythm, Wreckfest shows off some wonderful driving physics. The transition between different road surfaces is sublime, and regardless of whether you’re driving with a top-of-the-line racing wheel or a gamepad, the sensation of sliding around a corner, catching the rear end, and gassing it all the way out feels superb. Tires slip and slide through the dirt but scream for grip on the tarmac, and you can almost feel them flexing as the car rolls through the corners.

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Each type of car, from the hulking school bus all the way down to the miniature two-door Killerbee, feels different to drive. Some are heavier and more sluggish, while others are lighter and can corner better but suffer more in collisions. Upgrades to vehicles can substantially alter the handling, whether it’s through better performance or a stronger chassis that’s better at taking damage. Although having no way of saving upgrade sets can result in some minor headaches when optimising for each event type, overall it’s a meaningful upgrade system with tangible effects on the already diverse feel of racing.

AI drivers race unapologetically no matter the scenario or difficulty level, unafraid to punt you off the road if they decide they want to get past or smashing into to you head first in an effort to take you out. If competing against AI isn’t your bag, you can take it online and race against others on dedicated servers or set up your own custom race server with your own rules, and it all works smoothly.

It’s rare when a racing game manages to modernize and reinvigorate an old formula with spectacular confidence, but Wreckfest does just that.

Compared to the dynamic gameplay, Wreckfest’s user experience is a bit frustrating. The UI is surprisingly bland for such a technically impressive game, with static menus and a heavy rock soundtrack that’s obnoxious enough to warrant immediately turning the music off. With that out of the way, you can more fully appreciate the game’s excellent sound effects. Throaty engines belch and roar loudly–except for the lawnmower, which sounds like thousands of angry mosquitos–and crash sounds are impactful and bone-crunching. Equally as good are the game’s visuals. The cars themselves, while all old, banged-up muscle cars, look suitably mean and ready for thrashing. Debris stays on the track over the course of a race, as do the littered remains of cars that don’t make the distance. Heat races show off the course at different times of day, with the later heats often taking place as the sun starts to set and rays of sunlight pour through the gaps in the grandstands and trees. Replays give you the chance to relive your best moments, although the lack of a rewind function makes it a pain to focus in on specifics, forcing you to restart the replay from the beginning.

It’s rare when a racing game manages to modernize and reinvigorate an old formula with spectacular confidence, but Wreckfest does just that. Minor issues with menus and its soundtrack aside, it wows with a gorgeous look and wonderful driving feel, along with a damage system that satisfies in the most brutal of fashions. With its array of different cars, tracks, and event types, Wreckfest is a brilliantly fun and frenetic racing game that can be thoroughly enjoyed by anyone, not just racing game fans.

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Ariana and Pete ‘Were Very Affectionate’ at Party Before Engagement News

Head over heels in love and not going to hide it! Just one day prior to the news of their engagement, Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson celebrated another special occasion together — the birthday of the 24-year-old pop star’s mother.

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The newly minted fiancés attended a party for the “No Tears Left to Cry” singer’s mom in the private dining room of Mastro’s Beverly Hills on Sunday, June 10, where they weren’t afraid to show a little PDA, an eyewitness tells Us Weekly exclusively.

The onlooker notes that the two “were very affectionate and kissed each other throughout the night.”

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And there was no shortage of nosh. “The group ate lobster mashed potatoes, caviar, kobe beef, crab legs, foie gras and lots of chocolate covered strawberries,” the source added of the celebration.

The couple had a busy weekend in Los Angeles. The two hit up Robert Pattinson’s birthday party on Saturday, June 9, where they “were telling people that they’re engaged.”

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Multiple sources confirmed to Us Weekly on Monday that the lovebirds were engaged just weeks after they began dating. “They are a perfect fit. They are not rushing to get married,” one insider gushed. “Their friends are really excited and supportive.”

“They are both constantly making each other laugh,” the insider added. “Their moms have met. They’ve been very public with their relationship on social media, and they are very in love.”

Meanwhile, a third source told Us that the happy couple is “looking forward to a very long engagement together.”

Us Weekly confirmed that Grande and the 24-year-old Saturday Night Live star were a couple on May 21, and the two haven’t been shy to show their adoration for one another ever since. They later confirmed their relationship in a sweet Harry Potter-themed pic on May 30.

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Kim Kardashian Threw Kanye West an Epic Party for His 41st Birthday: Pics

The Kardashians know how to party! Kim Kardashian celebrated her husband Kanye West’s 41st birthday with a special celebration, where he was surrounded by his family and friends. Kardashian, 37, shared tons of videos and photos from the party, which took place in L.A. on Saturday, June 9, a day after the “Famous” rapper’s birthday.

West’s father, Ray West, was present as well as his close friends 2 Chainz, Kid Cudi and Pusha T. The bash featured plenty of surprises including desserts made with the birthday boy’s face on them, as well as an appearance by professional mentalist Lior Suchard, who provided the entertainment. Suchard made a pair of glasses flip over on a table and even bent a metal spoon while West watched in excitement.

The rapper’s latest music blared through the speakers at the event and he was all smiles as he celebrated his big day with his loved ones including Kourtney Kardashian and Kendall Jenner. Scroll down to see the cutest photos from the birthday bash.

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Kat Von D and Leafar Seyer Celebrate Their Marriage at Wedding Party

It’s never too late to celebrate! Though Kat Von D and Leafar Seyer officially tied the knot in February, the happy couple opted for a later celebration with friends and family.

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The 36-year-old makeup mogul and the 42-year-old singer hosted an extravagant red-themed wedding party on Saturday, June 2, to honor their courtship — and have a little fun!

Seyer posted a stunning photo on Instagram of Von D wearing an all-red gown and veil by designer Adolfo Sanchez along with a horned headpiece before the celebration, writing, “In a couple hours I’ll be walking down the aisle with the love of my life @thekatvond ENVIDA Y EN MUERTE.”

The tattoo artist also shared a photo on Friday, June 1, showing her holding three red carnations and wrote, “Such a beautifully emotional day today. Tomorrow, @prayers and I will have our wedding ceremony for our close friends + family. This has been the sweetest, most stress-free experience where we continuosly fell in love with each other all over again with each day counting down. This is a photo of 3 carnations that our dear friends @majestyblack brought us tonight after our rehearsal and soundcheck. Red carnations are @prayers favourite flower, and the 3 represent him, me, and our sweet baby boy we are adding to our family. All I can say right now is that i am so grateful for my dear friends, and for my sweet husband. ❤ Lastly, thank you all for all the love and for understanding that starting tomorrow we will most likely be stepping away from our phones for a while to be as present as possible on such a beautiful day. X”

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Prior to their big day, the couple — who are expecting their first child together later this year — cherished the moments leading up to their celebration.

“TWO MORE DAYS UNTIL OUR WEDDING. @prayers,” Von D captioned a sweet Instagram pic of the couple. She also added “load- in for the wedding begins …” alongside a pic of decorations to her Story at the time.

The LA Ink alum revealed their marriage in a social media post in February, just one week after the pair announced their engagement.

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Kat Von D and Leafar Seyer Desiree Stone/Getty Images

“Today, I married my soul’s mate, my mind’s twin, my best friend,” she captioned a photo holding her groom’s hand, which showed off their silver wedding bands and matching black nail polish.

And if that wasn’t enough excitement for one year, Von D revealed their pregnancy news in an Instagram post in May. “It’s a boy,” she wrote alongside a photo of herself and the “Prayers” singer where she can be seen cradling her baby bump in a button-down dress.

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Von D and Seyer sparked dating rumors in December 2015 when they first began posting pictures of one another on social media. Since then, the duo hasn’t been shy to share intimate moments from their relationship together.

Prior to her marriage to Seyer, the tattoo artist was married to Oliver Peck from 2003 to 2007. She also had high-profile engagements to Jesse James in 2011 and DJ Deadmau5 from 2012 to 2013. She was briefly linked to actor Steve-O from 2015 to 2016.

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Pink’s DAZZLING Get The Party Started Opening Number (“Beautiful Trauma Tour” 2018)

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The Forum. Los Angeles. June 1, 2018.

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Nick Jonas Teases His Brother Joe’s ‘Fun’ Bachelor Party

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Nick Jonas attends the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

A night to remember! Nick Jonas revealed that he is planning his brother Joe Jonas’ upcoming bachelor party.

“It’s our bachelor party. As much as it’s for him, it’s really for all of us,” the “Anywhere” singer, 25, told E! News host Jason Kennedy on the red carpet at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 20.

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Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner in New York City on May 9, 2017. LISVETT SERRANT/startraksphoto.com

“We got no plans yet,” he continued. “It is going to be very respectful, very respectful. We’re going to have fun. We have to! He’s gonna get married. It’s a big deal.”

Joe, 28, and his fiancée, Sophie Turner, began dating in late 2016. They announced via Instagram in October that they are engaged. A source told Us Weekly at the time that the Game of Thrones actress, 22, “was totally surprised” by the proposal.

For his part, Nick is looking forward to having Turner as a sister-in-law. “I’m thrilled,” he told Us exclusively in December. “She’s an amazing person and I couldn’t have asked for my brother to find a better partner. I’m so thrilled for him and for her, and she’s a beautiful new addition to our family.”

Joe and Nick’s older brother, Kevin Jonas, echoed similar sentiments. “Oh, my God. So happy for him,” the 30-year-old told Us the same month. “Welcome to the club.”

In March, the DNCE frontman sent fans into a frenzy when he got a tattoo on his forearm of a woman who appeared to be Turner. However, he later told Australia’s 9TheFix, “It’s really just a picture of nothing. … There’s not anybody that I’d say it is, but eventually I’ll come up with a name for her. For now, she’s a mystery.”

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Jennifer Aniston Almost Ran Into Justin Theroux at Billy Kimmel’s Birthday Party 

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Jennifer Aniston arriving at Jimmy Kimmel’s home for a birthday party in Hollywood, California on April 22, 2018. TheImageDirect.com

Nearly reunited. Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux just missed each other at Billy Kimmel’s first birthday party in Los Angeles, an eyewitness exclusively tells Us Weekly. 

“Billy’s first birthday party was at the Kimmel’s Hollywood Hills home on Saturday. Jennifer got there around 12:15 p.m. PT. She arrived with a girlfriend and was wearing the hand brace on her left hand,” the eyewitness tells Us of Jimmy Kimmel and Molly McNearney’s Saturday, April 21, birthday party for their son. “As she arrived to Jimmy’s house, Justin was seen leaving.”

“Justin spent about 40 minutes at the party. Jennifer left around 2 p.m. PT,” the eyewitness continued. “Justin was in and out and acted totally normal. Jen did look a bit nervous. … They didn’t see each other.”

The Friends alum, 49, and Theroux, 46, announced their split in February after seven years together and two years of marriage.

“In an effort to reduce any further speculation, we have decided to announce our separation. This decision was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year,” the pair’s joint statement to Us Weekly read at the time. “We are two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple, but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship.”

A source told Us last month that Aniston and Theroux have barely spoken since calling it quits. The We’re The Millers star “is keeping busy with dinners and social engagements,” the insider explained, adding that Aniston’s friends “have really rallied around her … She is loving being with her girls. She has a great attitude.”

The Leftovers actor, who has been spotted in New York City and Paris since the split, posted a photo from Billy’s birthday party on Instagram.

“Happy ONE year birthday Billy! 🎂 A boy who in 365 days has done more for American national health care than we could all wish to do in our lifetimes,” Theroux wrote alongside a pic of himself holding Billy. “He doesn’t even know yet how courageous he is. An honor to know him and his incredible and equally courageous parents. ❤ Thank you @CedarsSinai & @ChildrensLA #registertovote.”

The Jimmy Kimmel Live host, 50, previously revealed that Billy underwent multiple surgeries for congenital heart defects after he was born. The proud father, who has used his platform to advocate for better healthcare for Americans, shared a photo of Billy at his birthday party.

“A yr ago today, God gave us this tough little boy,” he wrote. “Today, we thank the nurses & doctors at @CedarsSinai & @ChildrensLA who saved his life & those who shared thoughts & prayers. We cannot stay quiet. Please wish Billy happy birthday by REGISTERING TO VOTE! vote.gov.”

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Lunch at the Forgotten Rothschild Party Palace

Lunch at the Forgotten Rothschild Party Palace

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I stood looking up at the gates, hands on my hips, wondering what forgotten chateau I’d stumbled upon this time. We’d taken a detour to avoid the traffic back into Paris and suddenly pulled over into the ditch by the side of the road at my absolute insistence. What I didn’t know then, peeping through the iron bars, was that I was standing at the back entrance of the largest and most luxurious 19th-century château in France.
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Inside Gwyneth Paltrow’s Bachelorette Party Trip to Cabo

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s Bachelorette Party Trip to Cabo Courtesy Gwyneth Paltrow/Instagram

That’s our kind of shindig. Gwyneth Paltrow is really enjoying her laidback bachelorette party with girlfriends in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, sources tell Us Weekly exclusively.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Bachelorette Party Trip to Cabo on April 13, 2018.
Gwyneth Paltrow’s Bachelorette Party Trip to Cabo on April 13, 2018. BACKGRID

According to an insider, the Avengers: Infinity War actress arrived in Mexico via private plane on Wednesday evening, April 12, with seven of her closest friends, including Stella McCartney. “She’s been having a great time with her girlfriends, relaxing at the beach and eating meals together,” an eyewitness tells Us. “They haven’t gotten too wild and crazy, mostly just hanging out and spending girl time by the ocean.”

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Bachelorette Party Trip to Cabo on April 13, 2018.
Gwyneth Paltrow’s Bachelorette Party Trip to Cabo on April 13, 2018. BACKGRID

Paltrow, 45, showered her guests with lavish gifts: “Each girl got a welcome bag when they arrived with white items including an initialed beach cover-up, white sandals and a personalized beach bag.”

The Goop founder — who is engaged to producer Brad Falchuk — and her pals have been spending time doing what anyone would on a girls’ trip, with perhaps one notable exception. “They all got dressed together in their cover-ups for lunch by the beach. They were toasting Gwyneth and sharing lots of laughs,” the eyewitness continues. “Then they lined up their chairs by the pool and all enjoyed the afternoon chatting and hanging out. There were butlers waiting on them, bringing by beverages and answering any requests they had. The group was low-key and just close girlfriends sharing a fun few days together.”

Paltrow posted several breathtaking photos of herself and her buddies on the beach Friday, April 13. “#henweekend” and “#heaven,” she captioned the pics.

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The mother of two — she shares 13-year-old Apple and 12-year-old Moses with ex-husband Chris Martinconfirmed her engagement to Falchuk, 47, in January, two months after Us broke the news that the pair were set to tie the knot.

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Travis Scott Spent More Than $7,000 On Flowers For A Family Party For Stormi Webster!

It’s time for Stormi Webster to meet Travis Scott‘s side of the family!!

The adorable baby girl is all set for a big family party at Scott’s mother’s home in Missouri City, Texas — celebrating with Travis’ side of the family and meeting all of her new extended loved ones!

Related: Stormi Is Seriously A Sleeping Angel!!

The party is being hosted and thrown by Travis’ mom, but according to new reports out in TMZ today, Travis himself is footing a big portion of the bill for the big day… including more thatn $ 7,000 on flowers alone!!!

That’s right — Travis apparently picked up the bill for what’s being described as “six floral sculptures and stands which display lightning bolts going through clouds of roses, orchids, and hydrangeas. The raindrops are Swarovski crystals!”

And the price tag?! A cool $ 7,145…

Not bad!!!

FYI — Kylie Jenner IS supposed to be in attendance at the party, too, down in Texas.

Should be a good time for everyone… especially Stormi!!!

[Image via Lia Toby/WENN.]

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