Wreckfest includes a variety of gameplay features, including traditional track racing and demolition derbies.
The racing gameplay follows the same fundamental rules as most modern racing games, such as Need for Speed or Gran Turismo.
The player controls a car in a race or demolition derby, the goal (obviously) winning the race or be the sole survivor of the derby. Before participating in an event the player must choose a vehicle. Players will also be able to buy and sell vehicles, customise vehicles, and perform “research”.
The game features three modes: career, multiplayer and custom events.
The races themselves focus heavily on “vehicular combat”, where players have to find a balance between defensive tactics such as avoiding debris or opponents’ vehicles, and more aggressive tactics such as grinding against opponents and forcing them out of the way in order to overtake them.