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Now that you have had time to explore and practice, and have built the "Killer" 4X4, hook up to the network (Internet connection required) and compete head to head with other 4 wheelers from all over the world! Get good enough and maybe you can make it into one of TR's Racing Teams.
4x4 Evo 2 took me by surprise with its action, variety, customization, easy learning curve and the fact that it brings out a simple desire to do almost anything to place first. As you blow by your opponents on a dirty blonde crystal beach or fly off a jump in the middle of a junkyard to advance your place, you might just find yourself wondering why you never considered the sports/racing genre. Whether you buy it for yourself, give it to a friend or play it at a friend's house, 4x4 Evo 2 is worth the time, effort and price tag.
WindowsChrist Centered Game Reviews
This is a great racing game that you may find in your local bargain bin. If you see it, it?s worth buying. This game is the one that made me upgraded my joystick to the MS Force Feedback and I am glad I did! Especially since MS quit making them!
Un beau titre, un peu aseptisé, qui assure quand même de belles courses, seul ou à plusieurs.
4x4 Evolution 2 ist, wie sein Vorgänger ein absoluter Hammer! Wer hier von nicht entzückt ist, muss sich einen Ego-Shooter zu tun! Absolut genial ist auch das Fahrverhalten. Im Gegensatz zum ersten Teil, kann man sich hier auch überschlagen wenn man über eine Schanze fährt. Störend ist, dass es per Tastatur nur schlecht spielbar ist (dies war beim ersten Teil besser gelöst!) und man eigentlich ein zusätzliches Eingabegerät braucht (z.B das genannte Wheel). Der Sound und die Grafik sind wieder ein Mal genial und passen völlig zu dem Spiel. Die Hintergrundmusik und die restlichen Soundanimationen sind einfach wunderbar.
All in all, 4x4 Evo 2 offers an enjoyable mix of features, but if you take your off-road racing seriously, you will probably want to avoid this game. The numerous makes and models of two and four wheel drive vehicles, as well as the customizations available, and the various modes of play, really offer a lot of value for your money, but considering the infancy of gaming on the XBox, better off-road racing games are likely on the horizon.
There are a lot of racing games on the Xbox, but this is by far one of the best. 4X4 Evo 2 is the perfect blend of Gran Turismo elements and off-road racing. Hardcore gamers will love the high difficulty of the opponents, while casual gamers will be amazed at how many vehicles there are.
When you get right down to it, 4x4 EVO 2 is another pretty solid racing game. And while it isn't necessarily a bad thing, it's really, really like the first game with some additions and not much change to the look or the feel. I'm not going to discount it, however, as games like NHL and Madden come out with new iterations that are virtually the same as well, but with new players. So if you think of it in that respect, it's a hoot. Those that really enjoyed the first game will undoubtedly find this one to their liking, but enough to spend over 40 bucks on? So the answer to the question at the beginning of the article will have to be that your own wallet will have to decide that. It's definitely a good game, but maybe not worth the bucks if you're strapped for cash and already have the first one.
WindowsPC Zone Benelux
Het moge duidelijk zijn: 4x4 Evo 2 is gewoon een vette game, die zowel de fans van dit genre als diegenen die niet eens weten wat 4x4 is, heel wat raceplezier zal bezorgen. Klasse!
XboxGame Informer Magazine
A more apt title for this game would have been 4x4 Evolution 1 & 2, because it includes all the tracks and tricks of the first game as well as plenty of new material to explore. A game with enough depth to keep you busy for months, 4x4 is so good it almost makes SUVs seem cool.
MacintoshComputer and Video Games (CVG)
On our test PowerBook G4, 4x4 Evolution was often jerky and sluggish, even with all the visual details turned off and the screen resolution set to minimum; at times it was barely playable. Unless you have a highly specified Mac, you won't get the full benefit from this inspiring and exciting game.
As with most racing games, there is basically no story here. Your goal is to race through over 30 tracks, 4 of which are Gamecube exclusive on over 40 trucks, 4 of which are Gamecube exclusive as well. It’s nice to see what Universal and Terminal added something from the original 4x4 Evo 2.
One of the simplest joys of racing games is that they let you get away with things you can't do in real life. Assuming you're not a race car driver or the latest guest star on World's Scariest Police Chases, driving mainly means dutifully obeying signs and driving within the lines. If you'd like more adventure than just merging onto a busy highway or dodging stray shopping carts at the grocery store, 4x4 EVO 2 may be what you're looking for. Here's a racing game that not only ignores speed limits, but often also ignores roads. Like its predecessor, 4x4 Evolution, 4x4 EVO 2 puts you behind the wheel of real-world trucks and SUVs and lets you barrel over dirt roads and across the open countryside. Deviating from the racecourses isn't just possible, but actively encouraged. If you can put up with some frustrating inconsistencies and technical problems, 4x4 EVO 2 offers some thrilling off-road racing.
MacintoshInside Mac Games (IMG)
You can imagine my surprise when, after putting 4x4 Evo 2 through its paces, I discovered a racing game with enough flexibility, creativity, and fun to charm even a non-racing game fan such as myself. What astounded me even more was that I was playing it on a computer of all things - my earlier mindset regulated that consoles were infinitely superior machines on which to play racing games.
In a nutshell, Evo 4x4 2 can be a satisfying experience, and the added features may increase the replay value, but the game still has some rather annoying gameplay problems, which shouldn't be there in the sequel.
This is a game for the die-hard off-roader. There is more to planning and buying vehicles and parts than there is to racing at times. Wrong vehicles and lack of parts on your vehicle and you will find yourself in last place time and time again. Before you even race, you may need to memorize a course and, even then, your wayward opponents and their one-track minds will often send you careening off-course. Graphics are the standard racing fare and audio is, well, there. 4x4 EVO 2 for the Xbox by Gathering of Developers is for the most insane of off-roaders who need all the various off-road games that are available. For most gamers though, stay sane, stick to the roads and drive past this game.
XboxGame Informer Magazine
I couldn’t see much, if any, improvement over the game’s predecessor, and instead of more vehicles, there are significantly less (due to licensing issues with Ford). Couple this with fewer-than-expected new courses, plus minor control issues, and you’ve got a fun game that’s definitely good, but should have been better.
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Een leuke 4x4 Offroad Racer met een hoop opties die de fans zeker zullen bekoren. De kleine minpuntjes moet je d'r wel bijnemen!
Ce nouvel épisode de 4x4 Evolution est bien plus fun que le précédant. Plus de vitesse, des graphismes plus soignés de nombreuses courses. Il semble bien que la mayonnaise ait prise et que ce nouvel épisode soit maintenant le meilleur jeu de voiture qu'il nous ait jamais été donné de voir sur Macintosh.
The number of courses in the game is staggering. Approximately 40 different courses are available (not all at once, except in single race mode) set throughout various "events" of varying length. This is perhaps where 4X4 Evo 2’s greatest strength lay. The courses vary in terrain and layout enough so that it really does feel like each course is different. Add to this the various missions that you can take on for money, and you could play this game for quite some time.
Viele Strecken, viele Autos, viele Extras:
Das geschickte Motivations-Tuning von
4x4 Evo 2 fesselt erstaunlich lang ans
Jeep-Lenkrad. Leider stören einige echte
Spielspaß-Schlammpfützen das Driftvergnügen.
Die miserable Kollisionsabfrage
nervt genauso wie die langweiligen
Geländemissionen. Als willkommene
und gut spielbare Abwechslung
zum Asphalt-Einerlei pflüge ich aber
immer wieder gern durch den Modder.
As long as you go into this game not expecting a serious racing simulation you won’t be sorry. The closest thing to a sim here is the parts and upgrades you need to buy and equip for each of your trucks. Once you hit the tracks 4x4 Evo 2 becomes a pure arcade racing experience.
On a déjà vu plus trépidant que des courses de 4x4. Evo 2 n'échappe pas à la règle. Malgré une réalisation correcte, ce simulateur s'avère très vite soporifique. Le mode Mission Libre était pourtant un bon point de départ.
Out of all the Xbox launch titles, 4X4 Evo 2 is the most lackluster of them all. It's boring, mundane, and unimpressive. You'll have to look pretty hard to find as generic a title as this one, particularly coming right at a system's launch.
Unfortunately, 4x4 has ridiculously high system requirements. We were able to run the game on a 350MHz G4, but it was a bumpy ride. Other than that, the game has a couple of teensy annoyances. First, there's the small issue that even when you run into, say, a telephone pole, your car doesn't suffer any damage. If they design a real car like that, sign us up—we'll buy it. Also, the game's default settings make for some annoying pop-in (the drawing in of objects as you approach them), although to alleviate the problem, you can up the level of detail if you have a newer Mac with a fast processor and a fat graphics card. But these are just nitpickings you'll soon forget once you're in the throes of a heated race through the mountains of Tibet.
Une fois encore un jeu peu convaincant bien que son principe soit plutôt sympathique. La réalisation de 4x4 Evo 2 et hasardeuse et inégale, son gameplay souvent douteux pour finalement agacer le joueur très rapidement.
Were there nothing more to the game than the racing, 4x4 Evo 2 would probably receive no more than two and a half stars, maybe three. Combined with the joy that comes from the limited but relatively unique experience provided by the missions, Evo 2 qualifies for a three star rating. The game will appeal to those people who know their trucks and their truck parts. Best described as a toy box for tinkerers, Evo 2 should be looked at if you're trying to find a game for climbing hills, and only partially for racing trucks. If you're looking for a racing game, rent it and decide for yourself. If you want a 4x4ing game, the technical detail here makes it definitely worth a look.
And wouldn't you know it? That's the thing with 4x4 Evo 2; it's fun. The competition is tough without being impossible, and the tracks are some of the most inventive I've scene, even moreso than those in Star Wars: Episode One - Racer and Cro-Mag Rally (Pikes Peak, especially, kept me racing well into the night). 4x4 Evo 2 has plenty to keep the gear heads busy, but allows gamers like me to just hop into the Jeep and start driving. I still prefer racing go carts in Cro-magnon times or pods in a galaxy far, far away, but those seeking a more true-to-life racing experience should be happy with 4x4 Evo 2 for some time to come.
Overall, 4X4 Evo doesn't reach the level that it wanted too, but I think it's a pretty fun game to play simply to randomly explore. It's not the deepest game that you can play, but considering I got it for a pretty low price and I've played it quite a bit, I think I more than got my value out of it. Pick it up if you want a fun little game that you can play without too much of a challenge and if you want a game you can put away without remorse.
Au final ce second opus devrait à la rigueur savoir se faire apprécier de ceux qui avaient accroché avec le premier même s'il n'apporte pas d'innovations majeures. Les autres auront tout intérêt à se tourner vers d'autres titres mieux réalisés et surtout au gameplay beaucoup plus solide.
4x4 EVO 2 is a below average racing game with several major flaws. Although it tries to introduce a few original elements into the racing genre, the lack of polish and poor execution ultimately make the game fall short.
Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) have been all the rage, especially over the last decade. Offering up tons of legroom, trunk space, safety features, and raw horsepower they seem the perfect design for busy mothers, professional, yet instinctively rugged men, or anyone looking to cause some havoc on the road. All of the commercials advertise their ability to head off the claustrophobic highways and onto the open road and mountainous terrain. Of course, anyone who invest $20,000+ into one of these vehicles is not going to recklessly engage in this kind of activity. With this in mind, Terminal Reality set out to develop a new racing franchise that brings all the thrill of an off road 4x4-meets-SUV racing circuit to gamers.
Overall, 4x4 EVO 2 comes off as an entirely uninspired and unimpressive rehash of the same title which appeared on the X-box almost one year ago. While Gamecube owners don’t have many options in the way of off-road racing games I still wouldn’t recommend this title for anything more than a rental. If you happen to own a PS2 I’d suggest checking out the original 4x4 EVO, which is vastly superior to this game, and can most likely be found for under twenty bucks in the bargain bin.
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
4x4 Evo 2 ist eines der wenigen Offroad-Spiele, das mehr als nur Rennen bietet. Gut versteckt in einem atemberaubend unübersichtlichen Menü wartet ein Karrieremodus auf seine Entdeckung, der alles hat, was ein Rennfahrer so braucht: Mit einem geringen Startkapital ausgestattet, kauft sich der Spieler einen Wagen und versucht, sein Glück zu machen.
This series is beginning to look less like a unique PC off-road racer and more like a console-port knockoff with each incarnation. At this rate, can power-ups and lava pits be far behind?
Graphiquement sympathique, complet en modes de jeu, en véhicules, en circuits et en challenge, 4x4 Evolution 2 se tarte sur des aspects techniques qui l'empêchent de procurer de véritables sensations. De plus, il s'embourbe royalement dans la gestion des adversaires complètement aveugles et partisans de la téléportation au moindre choc. Il comblera toutefois quelques assidus de 4x4 qui n'ont pas grand chose à se mettre sous la dent mis à part un autre jeu décevant : Off-Road : Wide Open.
4x4 Evolution 2 n'est finalement qu'un gros lifting de l'original : l'augmentation du nombre de circuits et de voitures, la présence d'un mode mission ne suffisent pas à rattraper un gameplay bien trop classique. Sans corriger les défauts du premier opus, Terminal Reality nous fournit donc un jeu qui n'arrivera pas à dérider les blasés du genre et qui ne sera pas véritablement adapté aux novices de la course automobile.
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
4X4 Evo 2 isn't a complete waste of time, but it occasionally feels like it. You could spend hours earning digital dollars to unlock one of the $500,000 super-trucks, but it doesn’t make the game any more fun. And you’re out $500,000.
4X4 Evolution 2 is a bad egg from the start. What could, and should have been a good game turned out to be more trouble than it was worth. It focuses too much on things that aren't important, and not enough on the crucial matters. Wherever it was that the developers went wrong, they took a turn for the utter worst and never quite got back on track.
When the original 4x4 Evolution was released for the Dreamcast it was a refreshing change for off-roading games and earned the distinction of being the dirt-bound equivalent of Gran Turismo. It was then ported to the PlayStation 2 with limited upgrades, and unbeknownst to most, so began the downward spiral of the series. 4x4 EVO 2 for the Xbox is the sequel to the Dreamcast and PlayStation 2 games, and while it takes one small step forward, it ultimately stumbles back several paces as well.
When Terminal Velocity's previous off-road racing game was first released at the launch of the Xbox, it offered many enhancements on the original 4x4 Evolution, including a deeper career mode and a good variety of environments and vehicles. But it was also rife with tiny problems, and in the end 4x4 EVO 2 was an unpolished game that didn't really convey the excitement of rugged off-road racing action. Now, Universal Interactive has brought 4x4 EVO 2 to the GameCube, and while this version does have a small number of new tracks and trucks, as well as a handful of sundry tweaks, it also has the same unimpressive graphics and inconsistent physics of its Xbox counterpart.
In 4x4 Evolution 2, the negatives definitely outweigh the positives. While there are some promising features in the game, such as career mode and the customizations, the core gameplay is flawed. It's hard to suggest a game, much less talk about it, when it feels like it was rushed. The game suffers in the graphics and presentation departments and the sound doesn't help its case either. Even if you're a die-hard off-road racing fan, you may want to rent before you buy in this case to see if the you can possibly overlook 4x4's many flaws.
It may be the first off-road racing game on the GameCube, but 4x4 EVO 2 is hardly representative of the best of what the genre has to offer, and it isn't nearly as good as the few other racing games available on the GameCube anyway. Fans of the original 4x4 Evolution will likely be disappointed by the game's plethora of problems, and gamers hoping for any real improvements on the Xbox version will be brutally rebuffed as well.
Sadly 4x4 Evo 2 falls short of offering an entertaining package, instead delivering wholeheartedly the ability to drive lots of vehicles, minutely fine-tuned to your particular tastes, across some bouncy tracks. The problem seems to lie in the fact that the game doesn't really know what it wants to be; are we playing an arcade racer or a sim here? The conflicting ideals of the game don't sit well together or complement one other, and we're left with a clumsy and ultimately disappointing title.
4x4 Evo 2 is plagued with too many flaws to be recommended for anything other than a brief rental. The graphics are old, NPC riders aren't very fun to race against, the maps are dumb and the camera's a joke. I suggest you continue to search for other ways to virtually express your inner 4x4 offroad SUV.
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