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The Good Parts
Clutch allows you to drive over mutants and other monstrous humanoids to gain a speed boost. This addition to the gameplay is simple, yet it adds an entertaining aspect to the driving that had me laughing out loud. You'll be taking part in arena mutant-eliminating events and facing-off against opponents in mutant killing sprees. The mutant killing fun never stops as you continually move from one event and challenge to another.
Clutch includes a nice variety of different events and challenges that were all fun. The best events all deal with racing inside and around the Large Hadron Collider that is opening this year. You take to the streets around the campus, participate in money-making challenges and then spend your money on new vehicles and vehicle upgrades to improve your racing and mutant killing fun.
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The Bad Parts
Clutch has a number of events and challenges but the longer tasks become a little boring because of their length. Also, there are no finish line markers to indicate the finish line, which means you have to pay attention and learn the path you need to take to win. In addition, Clutch included a few small presentation issues and the gameplay can be a little slow at times.
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The Graphical Picture
Clutch is a throw back to an early age, with a graphical presentation that doesn't include any cut scenes to visually entertain you. The colors are bright, crisp and engaging enough to keep you entertained but the fancy reflections and complex visual damage modeling you have come to expect in your video games isn't included. The detail in the environments is okay but there aren't any complex textures to entertain you visually. The animations were solid and smooth and there were no frame-rate problems or slow downs in the action as I played Clutch.
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The sound track of Clutch includes grating tunes you haven't heard before. They obviously didn't have much of a budget in this area and settled for free music that's available for use. The sound effects included are a little dull and lifeless sounding as you play. The sound of your engine and the other sound effects are too soft for a powerful vehicle and the action occurring on the screen.
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Clutch is set in a near-future Europe, where an unexpected quantum catastrophe occurs at the Large Hadron Collider that's due to open this year. This disaster has turned all the nearby residents in the area into mutants. You're a racer called Clutch, who joins a band of hoodlums called the Harvesters. You decide to discover the secret behind the events that are creating the current crisis and see if you can do anything about it. The story line is a basic element that really only serves as a reason for all your mutant killing mayhem and the disturbing scenes that are included.
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Clutch includes an open but small world that contains enough events and challenges to provide hours and hours of mutant killing fun. The events include beating opponents to the finish line and crashing into opponents to keep them from collecting items as they race around from spot to spot. Many of the mutant killing events have you going over the same ground again and again. This was one of the aspects that decreased the playability of this video game. The driving doesn't feel fast and dangerous as we expect the action and game play in a driving video game to be. Clutch doesn't include the ability to play online or multiplayer, which is something we almost expect in this type of video game.
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The Last Word
Clutch is a budget video game with average production values but casual gamers and even hardcore gamers will enjoy the simple gameplay. The violence and disturbing visual scenes aren't for kids but they'll make adults and older gamers laugh at times as they play with a similar style of humour to games such as Bulletstorm.
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All references and screenshots from Clutch for the PC.