[PlayStation 4] Antigraviator Review
Antigraviator from Iceberg Entertainment is a fast-paced futuristic racer set in the year 2210. Learn more in our Antigraviator review!
You can take on a Quick Race if you don’t have much time to play, or you can go into the main Campaign Mode in which you’ll be climbing as you work your way up the league. But before you do this, I suggest you go into the game’s Tutorial, which you can access from the main menu, so that you can get the hang of things and learn the basics. You might have played other futuristic-style racing games, but there are some nuances and elements specific to Antigraviator that you’ll have to learn before you go deep into the Campaign.
You’ll steer your Grav with the left analog stick, activating a barrel roll by using the right analog stick. You can accelerate with the R2 button, boosting with the X button to gain some extra speed, and breaking with the L2 button as needed so that you can hit each curve just right. If you want to look back to check out your opponents, you can do this with the L1 button. Speaking of views, you can change from the different camera angle options by pressing the Square button, including an in-cockpit view that will make you feel like you’re on the track.
You can activate a trap with the Circle button – think of these as the items you’d use in other racers to aid you in winning. The difference is that in Antigraviator, traps are located at specific spots on a track, so you’ll need to activate them while your opponent is within range. You’ll know a trap is ready for you to activate it by looking at the symbol that will be displayed behind your Grav. When you activate a trap, you’ll get a shield that will protect you from its effects. There are many trap types, and you need to be aware of each one so that you can be ready to react if you’re on the receiving end. There are missiles, trees that will fall on the track, ice that freezes a Grav’s controls, mines, or traps that block part of the track, to name a few.
There are different race types for you to take on. There’s Single Race in which it’s just the one race in which you have to cross the finish line in first to be able to win. For Pure, there are no traps or pickups, but boost is automatically replenished every few seconds. In Training, you can try to work on lowering your overall time in any of the game’s tracks, finding the best route to cut some seconds here and there. In Death Race, the last racer for every lap is taken out of the race. Hybrid races will have traps, while pickups are replenished automatically as you race. The final race type is Countdown in which a clock will be counting down to zero, and when time runs out, your Grav is destroyed – reach a checkpoint to extend your overall time so that you can carry on.
In the Hangar, you can customize your ride with different skins, primary and secondary color schemes, select the color of decals, the color for when a Grav dissolves, as well as the color for the edges of your vehicle. On top of this, the Hangar is where you can get new pieces to improve your Grav, as well as new vehicles for you to drive – as long as you have enough credits! Each of the different vehicles you can drive will have different stats for acceleration, handling, hull strength, shield duration, and pickup storage, so no two will feel the same.
Antigraviator has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy. You can get trophies for winning your first race, for buying an item, winning an online race, winning a race by less than half a second, playing 400 quick races, 400 death races, and 400 countdown races, for not dying at all during a race, for not taking damage during a race, for playing all the maps in Antigraviator, for activating 500 traps, completing the Rookie League, completing the Legends League, and more. The trophies are split into nine Gold, two Silver, and nine Bronze trophies.
Antigraviator is a fun futuristic racing that is as fast-paced as you’d expect from a game like this. Sure, you’re certainly going to end up comparing it to the excellent WipeOut, even more so since the WipeOut Omega Collection is the same price as Antigraviator on PlayStation 4: only $19.99. But that’s an unfair comparison since one is a new game on PS4, while the other is a refined collection of older entries in the series. If you’re looking for something different that still feels similar to what you’ve played, then Antigraviator might be a good option for you.
This Antigraviator review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Iceberg Interactive.