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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.