ONRUSH isn’t your traditional racing game. In fact, it’s far from it! Built as a spiritual successor to MotorStorm, the hectic arcade racer encourages you to drive with style and take down opponents across the game’s twelve various maps and its four unique, team-based game modes. These modes encourage both cooperative and competitive play, and Codemasters has shared more details on all four modes present in the game ahead of its release on Tuesday, June 5th.
The four modes featured in ONRUSH include Countdown, Lockdown, Overdrive and Switch. You’ll likely be familiar with Countdown and Overdrive. We already highlighted these modes in-detail as part of our preview coverage for the game in March, but they also featured in the recent ONRUSH Open Beta! However, for those who might have missed all of that, we’ll be going through them here once again.
In addition to the four modes, which can be enjoyed in public online matchmaking and custom private sessions with your friends, it’s worth noting that ONRUSH also features a full
single-player campaign experience with almost 100 unique, individual events. These integrate all four distinct modes whilst introducing you to the vehicles, maps and abilities in the game. You can also enjoy the campaign in co-op with a friend online, should you wish to complete each of the events together. With all that out of the way, let’s take a deeper look at all four unique gameplay modes in ONRUSH!
Overdrive is a pure ‘boost to win’ onslaught until the very end. Remember, there’s no finish line in ONRUSH. There’s also no lap count either. Instead, it’s all about taking down your opponents and using boost to not only quickly fill up your RUSH metre to unleash devastation – but to also add points to your team’s total score.
Gain boost any way you can – and chain them for the biggest impact and bonuses to lead your squad to victory. The winning team will be those who can earn and spend boost the fastest.
Countdown is a race through checkpoint-styled gates against a decreasing clock. Hitting gates will add precious seconds to your team’s ever-decreasing time – keeping you and your mates in the game. The timer for both teams is separate and continues to tick down as you and your fellow drivers attempt to fill it back up.
If you let that timer tick down to zero, it’ll be a round victory for your opponents. Push them out of the way whenever nesscarry – because who knows, it might only be one gate that separates you and your team from maintaining enough milliseconds to be crowned winners.
Here’s a tip to keep note of – hitting every gate isn’t always the optimal strategy. It can sometimes be better to skip a gate to get that takedown on the opposition – forcing them to miss the next couple of gates whilst their out of the action and waiting to respawn.
Lockdown is a race to fight for control of a moving zone in a 100mph King of the Hill free-for-all. Undeniably one of the most frantic modes in ONRUSH, Lockdown will see you and your team attempting to retain in the zone as you fight for survival and take down opponents. This mode is all about one thing – and that’s control. Race to the zone with your teammates and prevent your opponents from scoring.
In Lockdown, every dirty trick in the book is applicable – and you’ll need them, especially if you want to get the edge on the opposition and stop them from getting near those zones. The winning team is the first to claim enough zones, so make sure you take advantage of everything you’ve got and unleash the RUSH whenever possible to ensure you always have control of those critical zones.
Switch will see you earn increasingly stronger vehicles as you attempt to survive for as long as possible hunting down your opponents in the way. It’s like a fast, destructive version of ‘Cat and Mouse.’ Both teams start off on bikes – fast, nimble, but vulnerable. Stay alive, because when you get wrecked, you’ll be switched to the next vehicle class on the list.
You’ll have a total of three switches, and when you’re out of them – you’ll need to take down an opponent who’s still clinging onto theirs. If your team runs of out switches, then it’s game over. Be smart and work with your teammates to defend yourself from attack as you hunt your enemies down with no mercy.
Those are all four unique modes available in ONRUSH when it launches next Tuesday, June 5th. Regardless of which one you’re playing; one thing is for certain – and that’s cooperation will be crucial for leading your team to success. It’s also important to utilize of the full roster of vehicles in the game, as each of them have their own unique advantages, effects and abilities.
In addition, when you’re smashed out, you can choose a new vehicle as you wait to respawn before you’re immediately thrusted back into the action. Remember, there’s no lap counter, not even any benefits for being in first place. This isn’t a traditional racer and the strict rules of motorsport don’t apply in ONRUSH. Instead, it’s all about sticking with the stampede and leading your team to victory by smashing out opponents, using your boost, and hitting those precious checkpoints or objectives.
Another common aspect across all modes in ONRUSH, including both the campaign and when playing online, is the presence of ‘Fodder.’ These are neutral AI vehicles that are always in the action, and their sole purpose is to create some carnage and offer the player a chance to take them down for an instant hit of boost. ONRUSH will have 12 of these AI-controlled vehicles in-action at any one time – always ensuring there’s vehicles for you to take down in the playing field.
For more details on ONRUSH, don’t miss our
in-depth preview diving deep into its unique gameplay experience with our hands-on impressions. You can also check out the full Achievements
list for the game, as well as our breakdown of the eight vehicle
classes and their unique abilities and traits. Codemasters has also shared details regarding the unique visual and
framerate modes available on the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro. Overall, there’s a lot happening in the world of ONRUSH leading up to its release, so we hope you’re ready and prepared to join the stampede and all the chaotic fun it promises from June 5th, 2018!
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