“Mario Kart” meets “Jackass” was the first phrase that came to my mind after watching the trailer for “Jimmie Johnson’s Anything With An Engine.” The five-time NASCAR premier division champion has his eyes set on making a game for all major consoles now, and unlike his day job, which involves lots of high-speed left turns in cars, this title will feature racing competitions with lawnmowers, toilets and dumpsters. Are you intrigued?
“There’s no denying that video games are certainly one of the most popular forms of entertainment,” Johnson said in a press release. “There are certainly a lot of entertaining racing games, but I’ve always felt there was something missing. I wanted to capture that kind of ’anything goes’ element in racing and make a unique game that appeals to everyone. The teams at Autumn Games and Isopod Laps are incredibly talented, which gives us the opportunity to develop what I hope is a truly ground-breaking series.”
The idea here is just crazy enough to work. Isopod are the makers of so-so Xbox Live Arcade release “Vigilante 8: Arcade,” and “Anything With An Engine” looks like it could be a step up, but the bizarre concept vehicles and stunt courses will have to define their game as more than a kart racer without Nintendo characters in order to do break real ground. “Burnout” played with motorized porto-potties is something I don’t believe I’ve seen in a game before, though, so stay open-minded.
Does “Anything With An Engine” sound like the kind of game you’d want to play? Does Jimmie Johnson’s name on it make any difference to you? Share your reactions with us in the comment section below.