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ATV: Quad Power Racing 2 (GameCube)

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Christ Centered Game Reviews
First of all, you can kick the other riders off, and you get rewarded their boost for it. It's definitely not a good thing to get rewarded to do bad. Secondly, the lyrics are something that I get worried about. Some of the lyrics are 'We're the freaks! We're the freaks!' (and it gets repeated throughout the whole song, generously) A song is called 'Bad Religion', which is by Godsmack. 'Become What You Hate' is another song. These are definitely not appropriate for born-again Christians. Do not give up all hope, though. You can turn them all off in the options section. Another inappropriate part of the game are a few of the characters. One of the few players you can get at first is a girl in a very tight and skimpy bikini. Of course the camera caters to that fact. Another character is called 'Devil Girl', and is in a very similar outfit. She also looks like a rendition of 'today's devil.' Another character is a troll, which I found offensive, but I doubt everyone will.
Next Level Gaming
Ok, I'll admit when the original ATV: Quad Power Racing from Acclaim came out, I was still really into ATV Offroad Fury from Sony, so I didn't pay much attention to it. I was also still running Dreamcast HQ at the time so we never really got a chance to review it. But I had continually heard good things about the game, and so I figured next time it came around I would look at it. Well, the next time has come around. Acclaim Sports (AKA) not only decided to bring out a sequel, but to bring it to all three next generation platforms. And so this particular review will cover the Xbox and GameCube versions of ATV: Quad Power Racing 2. They are close enough to be scored the same. The PS2 version is scored a little differently, so it required it's own review.
Armchair Empire, The
As racing games go, grab ATV Quad Power Racing 2. It has lots to offer outside the standard Career and Arcade modes and is executed with style and fun, which was enough to make me keep playing.
PGNx Media
AKA Acclaim has published a multiplatform sequel to ATV Quad Power Racing for the PS One, appropriately named, ATV Quad Power Racing 2. Climax has taken developer rights to produce a fun, extreme title.
Grafisch ein gelungenes Spiel überzeugen mich die vielen Kleinigkeiten und der Spaß den sie bringen. Gut gemachte Strecken, eine gelungene Steuerung und das freispielen vieler Secrets runden das Ganze ab. Das endlich auch mal der Multiplayer in so einem Spiel richtig gut ist macht aus dem Spiel einen echten Geheimtipp. Wie schon erwähnt erfindet ATV das Genre nun nicht neu. Es hätten auch ruhig noch ein paar mehr Meisterschaften sein können. Aber die spielerische Abwechslung stimmt hier einfach. Wer nach Freekstyle nach einem ähnlichen Spiel gesucht hat wird hier fündig.
Game Informer Magazine
Definitely rent it, but if you're in a buying mood and in the market for a racer, I wouldn't try to convince you otherwise.
Mit ATV Quad Power Racing 2 bringt Acclaim endlich mal wieder ein Spiel auf den Markt, das dem Aktienkurs des angeschlagenen Unternehmens Stabilität verleihen könnte. Der Offroad-Racer glänzt mit guter Grafik und feiner Spielbarkeit. Der Spieler übernimmt die Kontrolle über einen von 20 - teilweise real existierenden - Charakteren und schwingt sich auf ein 4x4-Quad-Bike. Herzstück des Spiels ist der Karriere-Modus, in dem ihr auf 15 Kursen (5 Kurse in 3 verschiedenen Abwandlungen) mit den Gegnern um den Sieg rangelt.
Officiel Nintendo Magazine
La conduite des quads procure d'excellentes sensations et le challenge proposé est à la hauteur de notre attente.
At the end of the day, ATV Quad Power Racing 2 is hardly a perfect game, but since there isn’t much competition for it on the GameCube, people who like more arcade-style racing will definitely want to give it a look. Particularly so if you can live with the sloppy stunt controls, the game provides a balanced and generally enjoyable experience. Given another shot, hopefully Climax Studios can run with the positive gameplay they’ve designed and capitalize on that potential with tighter control and more impressive graphics.
The Gamecube has finally garnered an ATV racing game with the release of ATV Quad Power Racing 2 from Acclaim. Gamers can now indulge their xtreme racing fantasies with plenty of tricks, tracks and trade-ups.
I admit that this game could use some improvements. Still, you should give it a good rental and see if it’s something that brings you back. As I said earlier, it has the Sega-esque quality of being able to take it off the shelf a few months down the road and still have fun with it.
The Next Level
ATV Quad Power Racing 2 conforms to the genre template, without ever taking a chance or trying to do something different. That said, what it does do, it does well. It’s a fun, attractive racing title with impressively designed courses. Those looking for a bit of arcade racing action will definitely find ATV appealing. It’s just unfortunate that it conforms so closely to the norm and, thus, inevitable mediocrity.
Le jeu manque clairement d'ambition pour vraiment passionner. Si on s'amuse au début, le titre devient finalement assez rasoir sur la durée. Dommage, car en offrant plus de circuits, plus de défis on tenait là un meilleur titre. Etant donné que les jeux de quads ne courent pas les rues, vous pouvez toujours tenter l'expérience si vous aimez le genre.
While Rainbow Studios' ATV Off-Road Fury series has enjoyed a fair amount of success on the PlayStation 2, until now the GameCube has been without a quad racing game of any quality. Acclaim fills this gap with ATV Quad Power Racing 2, the follow-up to its PlayStation quad racing game. What developer Climax has produced here is a simple, accessible racing game with modest goals that it, for the most part, accomplishes.
The difficulty in making a 4x4 off-road game is that the competition, while not numerous, is of such high quality. The current reigning king of 4x4 racing is unquestionably ATV Offroad Fury 2 on the PS2, which both looks and plays great. To make their new off-road game, ATV: Quad Power Racing 2, even worth a second look, Acclaim has to pull every card out of its sleeves and make a game that either one-ups the competition, or provides enough innovation to differentiate itself from other 4x4 games. Unfortunately, while a reasonably solid game, ATV: Quad Power Racing 2 fails to do anything but bury itself in a grave of pure mediocrity.
In the end, ATV: Quad Power Racing 2 is not the best of its kind. That honor goes to Sony's ATV: Offroad Fury 2. But featuring quality gameplay, smoother graphics than the PS2 version of QPR2, and smoother controls than the Xbox version, the GameCube version of this title is surely number one.