Destruction Derby first appeared on the PSOne as a sock car type game where you were challenged to actually finish the race rather than win the race. The emphasis was on the destruction of you competitors while trying to keep your own car in good enough condition to finish the race. When Destruction Derby two appeared the game play had changed slightly, it became more of a race rather than a fight for survival.
This is where Destruction Derby Arenas picks up, the game play is very similar to that of DD2 but this time around you are awarded points for smashing up opponents cars along the way. Then depending on your race position you are awarded another set of points for your race performance. So what ever you do make sure you keep smashing up opponents cars and you will keep scoring. You will get better scores for flipping cars and spinning cars, the more the opponent’s car spins the greater the score will be. The greatest score are achieved when you completely destroy one of your opponent’s vehicles. So keeping an eye out for the weak is a very good tactic to score highly in all stages.
You will have the choice of two types of game to play, the race orientated game or the destruction orientated game. The race style games are set on race tracks while the destruction games consist of one bowl and loads of cars fighting for survival. When you play the Championship mode you will usually get a few race style games and one destruction game to play. When you play the championship mode you will be given the chance to unlock characters and their cars one each stage. You will basically be challenged by one of your opponents on each stage and if you accumulate more points than your challenger you will then be able to use his/her car.
One big change this time around is the inclusion of power ups which come in various forms. The most useful power up is the repair feature which will repair all damage on your vehicle. This changes the gameplay quite dramatically, if you keep you eye out for these power ups you will not have a problem winning the destruction based games. In addition to this power up there are plenty more such as turbo and a limited shield.