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ATV Offroad Fury 2 picks up right where the previous version left off?so PS2 rough riders have no time to catch their collective breathes at all! This is a rock ?n? rollin?, wrist-snapping slug of adrenaline on four-wheels that challenges you at every turn.
Without a doubt, ATV Offroad Fury 2 is one of the best sequels ever created for the PS2. Everything you loved about the original is back and has been enhanced to near perfection. The gameplay is solid and varied, the graphics are stunning, and the sound package is perfectly rounded with great audio effects and a varied music list that may have you shopping for some CD’s of the contributing musicians. If you’ve never played one of these games before then I can’t think of a better place to start. You may even want to look for the original, which has certainly made its way to the bargain bins by now. Whether you are playing alone, with a friend, or even online, you won’t find a better 4x4 offroad racing experience for your PlayStation 2.
Setting aside the graphics, soundtrack, and course design (all of which are excellent), the execution of Offroad Fury's control scheme is what makes this a must-play game. The control is flawless, and it's the reason I find it so enjoyable.
This racing game is out of this world! It's so unbelievably exciting. I don't even have much interest in ATVs, yet I love this game. It truly is Splashdown and Wave Race 64 without water. But it has many things that set it apart from those games. Plus, it's much longer than the average racing game, meaning that you'll still have more "new" things to do even after playing it for a really long time.
While it might be the only online racer on the PS2 right now, other titles are going to have a hard time topping it. Sure, it’s not as pretty or as popular like Gran Turismo 3, but it’s a hell of a lot of fun to play, and requires just as much technique as Polyphony’s simulation racer, only it’s far more enjoyable. If Sony can get the mini games online and add a few more cool modes to try in offline and online play, the next installment of this fine series is going to be even better.
Let me start this off by saying that I was a big fan of the first ATV game on the PS2. Put simply, it rocked. It captured the sport and portrayed it well with great physics, a tough (but often cheesy) enemy AI, a decent selection of multiplayer modes, and perhaps my favorite feature: the ability to ride around a HUGE environment just for the hell of it. For me, it was sort of a reminder of where I came from, growing up in the great outdoors. So, when Sony dropped me an e-mail advertising the sequel, I was pretty excited. Could it stack up to the original? Well, after investing a lot of time into it, I can say both yes, and not quite. Let me explain...
ATV Offroad Fury 2 could be exactly the same as its predecessor and still offer a pretty good time. The original Offroad Fury has aged surprisingly well -- it was a sleeper when it arrived relatively early in the PS2's lifespan, and developed into a cult hit over the months since then. It looked good, running on a typically solid Rainbow Studios terrain engine, but its physics model was its best aspect. Offroad Fury managed to create vehicles that behaved realistically while also remaining terrifically fun to drive, bouncing off of every feature of the track.
I’m torn. Part of me thrives on everything this extreme racer has to offer, yet at the same time, I can’t help but scowl at how shallow this package truly is. Rainbow Studios’ gameplay design is superb. You actually have to shift the driver’s weight (pre-load the suspension) to soar on jumps and land properly. To say the very least, this gameplay aspect is a beautiful thing. The track designs and computer AI bask in brilliance as well. Technically speaking, the gameplay is perfect. However, as a complete package, ATV comes up a little short. The trick mode is basically a free ride with no set goals, and the single-player modes don’t go anywhere or reward you with anything substantial. I love playing it, but I wish there would have been more to it.
If you think of ATV’s, a few images come to mind. A powerful machine that breaks new ground and establishes new benchmarks. A fast machine that smokes the competition with its performance, leaving others in the dust. An agile machine that can nimbly handle just about anything thrown at it. Say what you will, but these descriptions could also be attached to the PS2 at its launch, which made ATV Offroad Fury’s runaway success so much sweeter. With an easy to learn control scheme, solid racing simulation and impressive soundtrack, Offroad Fury became an instant classic on the fledgling system. Now, two years later, SCEA and Rainbow Studios returns to its fast-paced racing action with ATV Offroad Fury 2.
Decent multiplayer racing games are few and far between. Sure, if you’ve got six PS2s, six televisions and about seven hours to spare setting it all up, we imagine Gran Turismo 3 is a great multiplayer game. But we haven’t got that kind of cash. And we doubt you have either. So there’s really only one choice for the amateur racer keen to prove his winning skills to human competitors; it’s the hugely irritating and equally addictive ATV Offroad Fury 2.
Not the sequel we were hoping for, suffering from the same flaws as the first game. But it’s saved by the outstanding multiplayer game, elevating a mediocre title into the realms of greatness.
If you like ATV: Offroad Fury, then it's a shoe-in that you'll enjoy the sequel. Just don't expect much more, as the graphics look pretty much the same, courses are just about as big, and the addition of online multiplayer is fun, but ain't all that. The gameplay still remains the same tried, true, and fun formula as before, and that's all that matters... right?
Auch wenn die Spielbarkeit immer noch überzeugt, merkt man ATV Offroad Fury 2 sein Alter deutlich an. Vor allem technisch hat sich seit dem über zwei Jahre alten Vorgänger kaum etwas getan. Die Grafik-Engine wirkt trotz zusätzlicher Details und hoher Weitsicht angestaubt, die ständigen Ladezeiten zehren teils gewaltig an den Nerven und die meisten Soundeffekte sind einfach indiskutabel. Musikalisch wird man hingegen angemessen bedient, sofern man auf Cypress Hill, Korn, Filter oder Garbage steht. Das Steckenangebot ist ordentlich, die Fahrphysik weitestgehend makellos und die Steuerung handlich wie eh und je. Eine Lokalisierung hat sich THQ jedoch gespart und die ganze Präsentation wirkt ziemlich unspektakulär. Quad-Fans sollten sich von der wenig imposanten Verpackung jedoch nicht abschrecken lassen, denn fahrtechnisch ist Offroad Fury 2 nach wie vor topp und läuft selbst im Vier-Spieler-Splitscreen noch angenehm flüssig.
When it all gets moving, ATV Offroad Fury 2 works very well. It never really crosses the threshold to thrilling gameplay and an absent replay doesn't help, but it does kick up a lot of dirt and will leave racing fans satisfied.
ATV Offroad Fury 2 makes a few incremental improvements to the existing ATV Offroad Fury formula, and it's not so radically different that it will alienate fans, but it also won't really draw in players that weren't impressed with the first game. Though the trick system and the online features feel kind of half-baked, ATV Offroad Fury 2 still offers solid, enjoyable off-road racing action.
A few months after the PS2 was released, early adopters had to endure a dearth of titles. It seemed like months went by with nothing being released for the new system. One of the only titles released during this time was ATV Offroad Racing. It was a good racing game that offered a decent off-road driving experience. ATV Offroad Fury 2 doesn't change much of the formula, or the graphics, or anything really, but it does offer online play, some different courses, and some fun multiplayer party games.
When the first ATV Offroad Fury came out, it didn't have much in the way of competition, and gamers found its simple, gritty brand of racing action appealing. This lukewarm sequel is uneven, but fans of the first game should approve.