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Carmageddon II is definitely not for kids. It's a grotesque game with absolutely no ethics. And boy is it fun. This is one of those guilty pleasures you should play with the lights out while everyone's asleep. Just try not to hoot and holler with glee too much; you'll wake up the neighbors.
Carmageddon 2 is one of my favorite games to play because you can always jump right in without having to remember what you were doing or where you were. It's a smash fest that quickly releases the brain from anything rational and sets it in a world of free-for-alls where your opponents are waiting to play hockey with it. It is gruesome and graphically violent, but not too disturbingly so (what are these people doing wandering around on a racetrack, anyway?). Carmageddon 2 is, if not the most realistic from a physics standpoint, than the most flat-out fun driving game to ever hit the Macintosh head on. It's the only chance you'll ever have (hopefully) to push an F-16 fighter plane off the deck of an aircraft carrier, race a diesel train, or navigate a roller coaster ride from the comfort of your car.
Still, despite a few glaring oversites, Carmageddon is a fun if bloody title that is sure to be a huge hit with fans of its predecessor. It also appeals to the same humorous, Beavis & Butthead style "huh huh, huh, kill 'em all" attitude that made Duke Nukem the otherwise inexplicable success that it most obviously was. But the squeamish or those with aging systems — or just those who are looking for an actual racing game — would be advised to pass this one over.
If you love the smell of gasoline in the morning, prepare to take a huge whiff of victory. This is random violence and destruction at its most beastly. Nothing quite says loving like t-boning a guy and then shoving him into an open flame to fry after all.
Despite how sadistic the game sounds Carmageddon is, in your editor's humble opinion, less violent than games like Quake and Unreal for the simple reason that its out of proportion realism, or lack of it, turns it more into an amusing high than an exploration into evil. Just remember that when you step into your car, society seems to frown on you if you carry over your driving from Carmageddon 2 into real life.
Although the violence in Carmageddon 2 may earn it a mention on the floor of the House, the game is mindless fun with a heavy dose of violence. While not for everyone, game players with a healthy grasp on reality will find a lot to enjoy.