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
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!
Alan is the co-founder and co-owner of FullThrottle Media. As someone who enjoys spending all his free time playing video games, he keeps the website updated with new and relevant content, including news stories, reviews and opinion pieces for the games he likes writing about the most. He also tweets too much, probably.