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Overall, Hummer Badlands is a decent budget title that I could recommend to the three Hummer owners that are reading this review. Global Star has an honorable history of quality racing games for a budget price with the likes of Ford Racing 2, but Hummer Badlands isn't one of them. Developer laziness with the levels (or lack thereof) is the biggest problem I had with this game. Unless you're a die-hard racing fan with low cash or have some kind of fetish with big gas guzzlers, there,s really no need to invest in this game.
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There is some off-roading in Hummer Badlands but racing makes up the brunt of the gameplay. Racing Hummers may seem like an odd idea, and it is, especially when you're racing on regular tracks that any vehicle could navigate easily. Hummer racing should be confined to offroad, in environments with tough terrain that could showcase the Hummer's ruggedness. These vehicles aren't fast. They are basically tanks. The racing tracks provide absolutely no challenge for these vehicles - but thanks to the incredibly forgiving nature of the gameplay mechanics, the offroad mode is equally unchallenging.
Hummer Badlands lets you race a couple dozen different Hummers, but since there are only three different models in the company line, variety is limited to different paint jobs, wheels, and light kits. All of the vehicles look accurate enough to their real-world counterparts, but they all drive pretty much the same. Sure, the bulky H1 is a bit slower than the comparatively demure H3, but the difference is negligible. The vehicles do deform slightly as you race, although the damage is limited to cracked windshields and slightly malformed bumpers. You can drive headlong into a rock, tree, or even a row of grape vines, and you'll hear a crunch and see some colored particles fly off your vehicle before you bounce right back on track and continue unabated. Hummers are tough vehicles and all, but hitting a wall at a hundred miles an hour and just bouncing off seems a bit strange, and it makes the game extremely easy because you can just mash the accelerator and let the track guide you along.
Originally used as military vehicles, Hummers were designed to be capable of withstanding any road blocks or problems, especially if that meant getting dirty. A few years ago, the vehicle saw a boom of popularity for both the military and civilian versions. Feeding on that demand, General Motors began producing Hummers on production lines, albeit not quite what they once were. Having introduced two new models – the H2 and H3 – since this mainstream production began, it was only fitting that there would be a game in which you could race these vehicles and have a great time. That game was actually Mercenaries: Playgrounds of Destruction, where H2s and H3s can be driven around with far more enjoyment than this title, Hummer Badlands, can muster.