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This is a must have purchase for anyone who owns a GameCube and enjoys a good driving game. The cars are cool, the gameplay is challenging, the terrain is stunning, and the physics offer a great blend of realism combined with fun. If you are a PS2 owner and have already played Hostile Territory then let me say, "You ain't seen nuthin' yet!" The updated graphics, slick intuitive controls, and new multiplayer modes make Smuggler's Run: Warzone a worthy replacement to that title or just a great addition to anyone's GameCube library.
With Smuggler's Run 2, Angel Studios finally delivers on the promise hinted at in the first Smuggler's Run: the off-road equivalent of Carmageddon or Midtown Madness, mixed with a team-oriented capture-the-flag game, all presented with an engine that really shows off what the Playstation 2 can do!
In Warzones, you’re a driver who smuggles various cargo through the countrysides of Eastern Europe, Russia, and Vietnam. Despite its questionable ethical objectives, Warzones is simply a frantic driver that has you racing from one point to another while trying to avoid the local law. There’s plenty of four-wheeling in lush outdoor locales that range from snow-covered mountain tops and sandy flatlands to fields of vegetation and wet marshes.
really enjoyed this game. It was a nice blend of action and racing. Every mission felt like a struggle to survive. They did a great job of setting the timer on some missions to the point where you will either succeed by a few seconds or lose by a few seconds. The graphics were great and the detail level was more than I expected. I just hope Rockstar understands they have a good franchise with Smuggler’s Run and continues to move the series forward. Check this one out, you won't be disappointed.
PlayStation 2Gaming Target
Smuggler's Run 2 is a high-speed race across the hills of Russia and Vietnam. Occasional video sequences move the story along but almost seem forced. However, the story of Smuggler's Run 2 is not really important, as the action more than speaks for itself. The detail in this game adds to the overall experience and helps to make this a stand out experience on the PS2.
Smuggler’s Run Warzones was quite a surprise to me. I didn’t expect much of a difference between Smuggler’s Run 2 and Smuggler’s Run Warzones, but the game proved my hypothesis incorrect. The game has enough extras, graphical improvements, and secrets that it does a great job just being itself and not another port. I love Smuggler’s Run Warzones, and I think anyone who owns a Gamecube needs to play it.
Für Konsolen-Freaks, welche die PS2-Versionen von Smuggler's Run im Regal stehen haben ist die Action-Raserei natürlich kein Pflichtkauf. GameCube-Besitzer, welche die Serie allerdings noch nicht kennen, sollten unbedingt einen Blick auf den kurzweiligen Schmuggler-Spaß werfen.
Smuggler's Run 2, by all means, is a good game, but it's not a deep, involving story-based title. It's a fun, wild romp-style action-racing game that's better than last year's version, it's just the concept itself is a little shallow. And in the general action-racing genre, the only competitors are Smuggler's Run 1, Test Drive Off-Road Wide Open, and Spy Hunter. It fairs quite well among these other titles.
Rennspielfans, die Appetit auf ein wenig Abwechslung haben, kommen bei diesem Spiel voll und ganz auf ihre Kosten. Doch auch Freunde anderer Genres werden Gefallen an dem unterhaltsamen Spielprinzip finden. Smuggler's Run 2 ist ein Spiel, dass man immer wieder gerne für ein paar kurzweilige Stunden einlegt.
PlayStation 2Game Over Online
Smuggler's Run 2 is a very enjoyable game with just a few stumbling blocks to surmount in its next iteration. I enjoyed the graphics, sound, and gameplay, but was not as blown away as I had hoped to be. The sometimes challenging ramping difficulty makes the game seem impossible at times, and reaching the end sometimes feels very, very far away. I would recommend picking this up if you are looking to break away from the typical racing fare and want to experience some hardcore driving action with a twist.
With the advent of next-generation consoles, developers are able to continue to push the technical barriers forward. There's this industry mantra that goes: graphics don't matter. As noble of a philosophy as that is, we all know it's not true. In the broader sense, more advanced visuals mean you're able to do more in the gaming world, because everything you see is a part of the interactive experience.
Smuggler's Run 2: Hostile Territory will instantly endear itself to fans of the original, as it is essentially a better-looking and more fun version of the original. The fundamentals haven't changed enough to sway anyone unimpressed with the first game, but the consistent quality of this Angel Studios release should warrant a look from anyone in search of a driving game a little off the beaten path.
Smuggler´s Run 2 ergänzt das erfrischend simple Spielprinzip des Vorgängers um einige sinnvolle Detailverbesserungen und eine aufpolierte Grafik. Leider werden Anfänger nach den ersten 10 Levels jedoch durch den sprunghaften Anstieg des Schwierigkeitsgrades etwas abgeschreckt, während Fortgeschrittene und Profis erst dann das Spiel richtig zu schätzen lernen. Grafisch und soundmäßig gibt es auch nicht viel auszusetzen. Doch in jedem Fall solltet Ihr ein Probespielchen wagen, um zu sehen, ob Euch das Gameplay zusagt.
Smuggler's Run 2 makes one of the biggest leaps beyond its predecessor by not only adding to and refining the concept, but also rebuilding the gameplay and graphics from the ground up. Working with a new engine, developer Angel Studios (the original Smuggler's Run, the mediocre Test Drive: Off-Road: Wide Open) has coded a game that engrosses you for 39 missions (three for training). Smuggler's Run 2 is a vast improvement over the original, with great depth, solid visuals, and a good sense of speed.
GameCubeGame Over Online
Smuggler's Run: Warzones is a first of its kind title for the Nintendo Gamecube but in actuality, it has already gone through two iterations for owners of the Playstation 2. Angel Studios, the developers of the Smuggler's Run series, have taken the latest release of Smuggler's Run and revved it up, literally and figuratively speaking, for the Gamecube's powerful hardware by including new countermeasures, an exclusive map and two new multiplayer modes. As if that's not enough, Warzones' single player campaign takes place in Eastern Europe, a land full of diverse terrain, as you'll be smuggling contraband for a corrupt Russian military official through barren rock, European towns and even dense jungles.
Aside from the disappointing sound and graphics, the gameplay is just too addicting to not recommend, and although not worth a full 50 dollar purchase, this is a definite rental as it'll keep you busy maybe the whole rental period, and with the last hidden vehicle only unlocked by receiving a "great" rating on all the missions, it'll take you even longer with the game. But I must admit there are lots of frustrating parts to the game, such as the missions where you have to deliver the bombs, and just all of the enemy AI in general as they swarm you like you've just messed with a hornet's nest.
Warzones is the perfect introduction to the Smuggler's Run series for uninitiated players, as it includes everything found in Smuggler's Run 2: Hostile Territory, plus some of the better bits from the original Smuggler's Run. However, if you're already a veteran of the series, there's not much here that you haven't seen before, and the addition of four-player support, a new hidden vehicle, and a single exclusive map may not be enough to entice you.
GameCubeGame Informer Magazine
I was a big proponent of the original Smuggler’s Run released back in the early days of the PS2, when its huge, open environments were an awe-inspiring feat of technology. Of course, now we all take stuff like that for granted. Fortunately, SR’s basic off-road racing action remains some of the fastest and most fun on the market. If you’re a Nintendo stalwart that hasn’t had a chance to play this series yet – you’re in luck. For a console that has perhaps the most piss-poor selection of driving games of any in history, Warzones should do the trick nicely.
Mutta mitään silkkaa sontaa Smuggler's Run 2 ei toki ole. Teknisenä taidonnäytteenä se on komea, pelattavuus on varsin kohdallaan ja helppoa viihdettä etsivä löytää sitä varmasti. Siksi tämäkin peli varmasti löytää ystävänsä, mutta pitemmän päälle kuitenkin arveluttaa josko pelkkä pisteestä toiseen kaahailu jaksaa pitää mielenkiinnon yllä muutamaa iltaa kauempaa.
Un titre très réussi même s'il n'est pas exempt de défauts. Il signe quoi qu'il en soit une très bonne performance même s'il s'avère un peu moins impressionnant que son prédécesseur au moment de sa sortie bien qu'étant de meilleure qualité.
PlayStation 2Game Revolution
Smuggler's Run 2: Hostile Territory is a better game than the original and makes a lot more sense. Repetitive gameplay still holds it down, but there's a lot of fun to be had even if it you only play through it once.
PlayStation 2Gamezone (Germany)
Der zweite Teil von Smuggler´s Run ist sehr gelungen. Bessere Grafik, aufregendere Missionen und gutes Fahrgefühl. Klar ist, daß man wie im ersten Teil wieder Päckchen von A nach B transportieren muß... was einem dabei aber so in die Quere kommt ist schon beeindruckend. Hier wird wirklich einiges an Action geboten. Nicht nur, daß man verfolgt wird... auch mit Bomben in Raketen wird man beschossen. Schön ist auch die Vielzahl der verschiedenen Vehikel, mit denen die einzelnen Missionen bestritten werden können. Aber Vorsicht... die Flitzer halten nicht ewig, da sie ein recht realistisches Schadensmodel haben. Fazit: Ein sehr gelungener Nachfolger!
Most of the missions in the game involve driving to the contraband and taking it to a goal point within a certain amount of time without getting arrested by the cops. Apparently you're the only criminal in all of Vietnam and Russia because swarms of police cars, trucks, and ATVs are constantly trying to collide with and flip your vehicle. These missions aren't too hard at first, but eventually you'll encounter missions where you'll have to pick up bombs, and if you collide into too many objects or you drive off a steep cliff, the contraband explodes along with you.
PlayStation 2Eurogamer.net (UK)
Smuggler's Run 2: Hostile Territory is a good PlayStation 2 game, and in the present climate it makes a nice diversion. But with so many truly excellent games coming out on the PS2 now, and so many more in the immediate offing, does anybody have a spare £40-50 for a game that's merely good?
Même si l'on aurait souhaité davantage d'ambition et d'originalité de la part de cet épisode GameCube de Smuggler's Run, le concept reste efficace et séduira les amateurs, surtout pour son mode multijoueurs. Le jeu s'adresse toutefois à un public restreint et la plupart des joueurs risquent de ne pas accrocher au concept très particulier de ce titre.
PlayStation 2GamePro (US)
If you were a fan of the original, you'll probably love Smuggler's Run 2. It's less a sequel and more like what the original should have been. If you couldn't be bothered with Smuggler's Run, this version doesn't really add too much just leave it in the dirt and go on to the next pick-up.
PlayStation 2PSX Extreme
In a nutshell, Smuggler's Run 2 is a superior game to its predecessor, but not a great game. Angel Studios took much of the criticism the original received to heart, and implemented many positive changes this time around. Unfortunately, a second tour of duty for the title exposes how shallow the gameplay really is, and when it's compared to Rockstar's flagship GTA3, it can't come close to being as good. Anyone who has never played the first game might get a good 10-12 hours of fun out of Hostile Territory, but veterans may want to pick this one up as a rental.
PlayStation 2Super Play (Sweden)
Smuggler's Run har kort sagt flyttats rakt in i ett krig, och jag kan inte för mitt liv förstå varför. Soldaterna som springer omkring kan man köra över - och det är ju roligt - men poliserna har inte längre något där att göra, till skillnad från när man fick invadera USA med omnejd med motorburna kriminella element. Banorna är annars rörigare, bilarna fler och de nytillkomna vapnen inte så meningsfulla. Smuggler's Run 2 är visserligen lite snyggare, men det första spelet är fortfarande bättre.
PlayStation 2The Video Game Critic
In fairness, SR2 does have a few things going for it. You have a wide selection of expansive environments to choose from, despite the fact that most tend to be pretty ugly. The vehicles are faster and there are higher cliffs to plunge over. Nevertheless, this sequel doesn't come close to capturing the raw thrills of the first game, and the lack of a four-player mode is also unforgivable. The one-player mode is okay, but the missions all start to feel the same after a while. If you've never played Smuggler's Run, I'd highly recommend the original game, but steer clear of this uninspired sequel.
GameCubeThe Video Game Critic
Instead of reasonably-sized locations like those in the first game, Warzones features sprawling wastelands that make every sprint to the cargo feel like an extended journey. The multi-player modes feature zero computer-controlled vehicles, and that was an element that greatly contributed to the mayhem of the original Smuggler's Run. None of the multi-player variations are enjoyable at all, and the single-player modes are equally lame. Throw in some repetitive, head-banging music and lousy controls, and you have a recipe for disaster. Don't say I didn't warn you.