Vigilante 8: 2nd Offense (Dreamcast)

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Advertising Blurbs

Back of Box - N64 (US):

    The Future of Auto-Combat is Here!

    IF IT DRIVES BY, BLOW IT UP!

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    • 18 All-new '70s and Futuristic Vehicles
    • 8 New Destructible Arenas with Hidden Power-Ups
    • Earn Points to Upgrade Your Vehicle
    • Blast Through Insane 1-4 Player Action


    "Vigilante 8: 2nd Offense will be the most spectacular looking car-combat game yet." -NEXT GENERATION

    Contributed by Joshua J. Slone (4616) on Jun 13, 2007.

amazon.co.uk:
    Vigilante 8: 2nd Offense delivers all the elements of its best-selling predecessor-fully destructible environments, over-the-top characters and breakthrough graphics-while upping the ante with morphing vehicle advancements, special attack moves, explosive realism, and even more multiplayer options. The king of auto combat is on the road again!

    Features:
    • Blast through 12 fully destructible across the United States
    • Drive 17 new, fully loaded '70s-style vehicles, plus the bus
    • New vehicles include a garbage truck and a futuristic space vehicle
    • Build the ultimate super-charged V8 hotrod, then save it to memory to wield against friends in multiplayer modes

    Contributed by Evilhead (1051) on Dec 02, 2005.

www.nintendo.com – Nintendo 64:
    Sound your barbaric disco yawp over the rooftops of the world.

    The original Vigilante 8 for N64 oozed 70s nostalgia and burst at the seams with great multiplayer gaming. Second Offense offers more of the same, with a healthy supply of new features and options to keep things interesting.

    It was 1975 when the Vigilantes finally defeated Slick Clyde and his Coyote gang. Thirty years later and still burnin' mad, the chief Coyote gets his claws on a time machine. Slick Clyde decides to travel back in time to the 1970s, two years before the Vigilantes handed him a humiliating defeat in the first game.

    Of course, Clyde takes advantage of this situation and brings with him enough high-powered futuristic weapons to give the Coyotes a major advantage. Activision takes full advantage of this premise as well, producing a great mix of characters and themes from the 1970s and the next millennium.

    Vigilante 8: 2nd Offense features a total of 18 fully loaded vehicles and maladjusted drivers. Eight of the characters appeared in the original V8, and the other 10 are all-new drivers. Some of the new characters are from the 1970s, while others are futuristic warriors snagged from the year 2005 by Slick Clyde.

    The heart of the gaming experience-- blow up everything -- has not changed on jot. Activision has added more depth to the game, though, with detailed objectives for players to perform in each level. The missions change depending on the driver, so there are quite a few ways to play through the game.

    In addition to new weapons and special attacks, vehicle-morphing power-ups are now available in each level. Special treads provide a better grip in the snow, and a propeller power-up allows any car to cruise across the water. Some areas can only be accessed through the use of these new tools.

    One of the more rewarding features in 2nd Offense is the ability to build up the statistics of your car. After totaling a competitor, points can be collected which permanently beef up your ride. Save your data to a Controller Pak and you're ready to pummel your friends no matter where you play.

    By far, the best way to enjoy Vigilante 8: 2nd Offense is with a group of friends. Four players can compete in three deathmatch modes, or two players can cooperatively work through the game's Quest Mode.

    Activision hasn't ignored the single-player game, which is more rewarding than ever thanks to the ability to build up vehicle stats. For players who don't have the patience to work through 18 different quests, an Arcade Mode is in place for no-brainer bashing.



    Second Offense features great vehicle graphics and special effects, but unfortunately frequent pop-up damages the visual appeal. The play control reacts well in all of the environments, although you should be prepared for a tough time behind the wheel when you pick up the hover power-up.

    Vigilante 8: 2nd Offense is packed with surprises and a healthy dose of 70s-style humor. Like its predecessor, a focus on fun-filled four-player gaming will make this Pak a party favorite.

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (57870) on May 15, 2005.

Press Release (Playstation):

    Activision's Vigilante 8 Delivers The Ultimate Off-Road Combat Action

    Ultra-Fast Driving-Combat Game Features Fully Interactive Environments
    And A Variety Of Deadly Vehicles



    Santa Monica, CA, November 1997 -- Activision, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI) enters the driving-combat genre with Vigilante 8 for the Sony PlayStation. Featuring innovative graphics, a new 3-D landscape engine, plus a cast of original characters, the game delivers a fast-paced action experience that hurls players into a series of death matches in the American Southwest. Armed with supercharged V8 vehicles and an arsenal of deadly weapons, players can chase down their opponents in a variety of fully-destructible environments. Vigilante 8 is slated to hit retail shelves in early 1998 and will carry a suggested retail price of $59.95.

    "Vigilante 8 will take the driving combat category to a new level by combining fully-destructible arenas, explosive weapons and amazing special effects with richly drawn characters," states Bobby Kotick, Chairman and CEO, Activision, Inc. "We have created a variety of unique 3-D environments in which players continually confront their opponents in non-stop, head-to-head combats."

    Showcasing a new proprietary 3-D landscape engine that delivers ultra-fast gameplay, Vigilante 8 allows players to choose from eight fully-loaded muscle cars armed with a variety of weapons and strategic attack moves. Players engage in off-road, car-to-car combat as they battle opponents in eight totally-destructible arenas that feature such realistic terrain graphics as lens flares, real-time reflection mapping, terrain deformation and intense 3-D explosions. The one or two-player video game offers two modes of play, multiple playing perspectives and bonus cars and arenas that unlock as the player progresses throughout the game.

    Set in 1975, Vigilante 8 thrusts players into the desolate American Southwest where a motorized gang intent on destroying the nation's economy by systematically targeting oil refineries, as well as industrial and commercial installations, is terrifying the area. In an effort to stop this unbridled reign of terror, a group of citizens decide to take the law into their own hands and form an organization known as the Vigilantes. The first heroic act of the Vigilantes is to stop the gang from stealing the world's most advanced weaponry from a secret military facility. As a result, the deadly high tech weapons are now in the hands of both the gang and the Vigilantes. Players engage in metal-twisting, glass-shattering, auto combat across the land -- from the Colorado Rockies to California's farmlands -- in order to save the Southwest.

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    Activision, Inc. is a publicly held developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for Microsoft Windows and MD-DOS compatible, Macintosh and other computers, as well as Sony PlayStation, Sega and Nintendo game systems. Activision is headquartered in Santa Monica with offices in Madison, Wisconsin, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and Australia.

    Contributed by Jeanne (75508) on May 05, 2004.