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4x4 Evo (Windows)

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Offroad racing not as attractive as it first seems Kasey Chang (3653) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.4
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.6
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.2
Overall MobyScore (5 votes) 3.7


The Press Says

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PC Gamer Brasil
Os jogos de corrida tentam, geração após geração, trazer novidades e surpreender os seus fãs. A grande maioria "morre na praia", apresentam um lindo vídeo de abertura, mas a jogabilidade ou os modos de jogos não conseguem sustentar o game por mais que poucos minutos. Conclusão: o produto acaba ficando na prateleira jogado, e o gênero cada vez mais desmerecido. No mundo off-road, as coisas são ainda piores. Depois de algumas poucas experiências positivas (leia-se Monster Truck), o mercado foi invadido com uma infinidade de games de rali chatos e sem nada a acrescentar. Particularmente, como alguém pode passar horas jogando um game onde um co-piloto estúpido traduz em palavras o óbvio sobre o trajeto? Numa tentativa ousada de mudar tudo isso, a GOD games lançou 4X4 EVO. Com características inéditas e um aperfeiçoamento de tudo o que já foi visto, o título promete quebrar as regras do mundo off-road.
90
Game Vortex
Hold on to your britches folks, 4x4 Evolution or 4x4 Evo is about to take you for a ride, and what a great ride it is! Graphically, 4x4 Evo is one of the leaders of the pack.
85
Gameswelt
4x4 Evolution' zählt sicherlich zu den besten Rennspielen, welche zur Zeit auf dem Markt erhältlich sind. Dadurch hat Terminal Reality wieder einmal bewiesen, dass man trotz der Einfältigkeit dieses Genres immer wieder neue Ideen in solche Spiele einbringen kann. Zu diesen guten Ideen zählt unter anderem der Streckeneditor. Auch die Standardbausteine wie Grafik, Sound und Gameplay sind sehr gut gelungen. Die relativ leicht zu erlernende Steuerung dürfte auch für Anfänger kein allzu grosses Problem darstellen. Trotz allem kann ich nicht behaupten, dass mit '4x4 Evolution' ein neuer Meilenstein in der Geschichte des Rennspiel-Genres gesetzt werden konnte.
85
GameZone
The graphics work just fine, the sound is solid and the game play is very good. This program is a terrific racing adventure.
84
GameSpot
One of the ironies of the craze over sport-utility vehicles is that nine out of ten people who own one never take advantage of what they're made for - traversing rugged terrain that would shred sedans, coupes, and vans in a matter of minutes. When you see a Mercedes-Benz SUV heading down the highway, you can't help but think that the only jostling the driver will ever experience in it is hitting speed bumps at the mall. It's the SUV paradox: Who wants to take a chance on smashing up an off-road vehicle that costs $40,000 by taking it... off road? Now, there's a fun way to experience cross-country SUV racing without worrying about destroying the vehicle it took a second mortgage to buy.
82
Gamer's Pulse
All in all, 4x4 Evo is a pretty strong racer. If I have any other complaints aside from those mentioned above, it would be something silly like the fact that all AI controlled vehicles are named "Bot Racer" and there seems to be no changing that. They could have at least called them "Ford Bot" or "Blue Bot" or something, to keep them distinct. Of course, if I were to complain about something as silly as that I'd start to sound like a college professor grading one of my assignments.
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GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Als je houdt van de pure opwinding van het racen en niet zoveel belang hecht aan het realiteitsgehalte, dan kan je dit spel gewoon niet aan je laten voorbijgaan.
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GamingExcellence
Overall, 4x4 Evolution is an excellent game for anyone into off-roading or driving SUV's at all. If you like driving at all, then 4x4 Evolution is a load of fun to play, and if you can get past the un-realistic features, it is highly recommended as you will enjoy it for many hours.
80
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
4X4 Evo is a great choice, whether you’d like to be the guy driving that cherry red Lexus LX-470 blocking the lane in front of you, or if you’d like to blow him off the road with a rocket launcher. No matter what you think of SUVs in the real world, there’s a lot of entertainment to be had with them in the virtual one.
80
Eurogamer.net (UK)
As I've hinted at all along, 4x4 Evolution takes hold of the offroad genre and gives it a frontrunner, something to aspire to. Some people are bound to still have issues with it, but at the end of the day it has jaw-dropping graphics, gripping gameplay and if it weren't for the stodgy AI and lack of damage skins on vehicles, the game would be untouchable. As it is it's the best of what's available.
80
GamesFirst!
Final verdict-if you're looking for a uber-realistic sim, forget it. But if you're looking for a colorful and action-packed arcade racer with excellent online support, I heartily recommend 4x4 Evolution.
80
Electric Playground
4X4 Evolution is a very fun racing game that is well worth checking out. It looks good, has some clever tracks and is peppy enough to stay exciting for some time. For even more fun, play it online. This is easily one of the best racing games to come to the PC in 2000.
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ESC Magazine
Overall, 4x4 Evolution is a great game, and an awesome addition to any gamer’s collection. Don’t expect this one to just throw you into the seat of the best truck -- you will have to earn that ride, and that may turn off a number of casual gamers who just assume jump in and give it a go. With cross-platform, lag-less multiplayer, and amazing graphics, this game sure is fun to play. Sure, the inconsistencies in the physics model and collision detection do detract from the true greatness of the game, especially in close races, but in the end 4x4 Evolution is a grand racing experience that should at the very least be sampled by any racing fan.
80
ActionTrip
To summarize, this is an excitingly realistic off road rally-driving game that's gonna knock your balance senses off and turn you into a road-dirt worshiping freak. It will bring you electrifying gameplay and unrealistically good fun. When you find yourself flying in the open air, like Keano's speeding little super-bus, you may notice that the game is in conflict with every single law of nature & physics, but it's exuberating like hell. Next to this kinda gaming there's virtually nothing stirring left to experience. All of the game thrills and emotional spills won't last long and that's the main drawback.
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Gamesmania
Pro: Das Streckendesign ist gut - und wird von manchen Freaks mit dem herunterladbaren Streckeneditor sicher noch verbessert.
Contra: Die Mängelliste ist lang: kein Schadensmodell, stets saubere Autos, kein Meisterschaftsmodus und weder Cockpitansicht noch Rückspiegel.
Fazit: Ganz sicher empfehlenswert für Fun-Racer. Ohne die vielen kleinen Mängel wäre aber mehr daraus geworden.
73
Imperium Gier
4x4 Evo miała wszelkie szanse na zostanie wielkim hitem. Gdyby autorzy gry nie zepsuli paru jej aspektów, na pewno tak by się stało. Nie znaczy to jednak, że gra jest kiepska. Przeciwnie. 4x4 Evo to wysokiej jakości produkt, który na pewno wielu osobom przypadnie do gustu. Polecam go każdemu fanowi wyścigów samochodowych, bo choć posiada kilka wad, to nadal jest to świetna gra, która wypełni kupującemu ją kilka długich wieczorów.
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Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
The graphics are stunning, the options endless, the multiplayer extremely innovative, and the content enough to keep players busy for time out of mind. So what is it that holds 4×4 Evolution slightly behind the line of a quantum leap in gaming? Sadly to say, it’s nothing more complex than the controls and the difficulty. The bump and run tactics used by the AI trucks, combined with the fact that they always take shortcuts, detracts from the enjoyment during single-player modes, but doesn’t manifest during multiplayer. Indeed the career mode is enjoyable for the ability to tweak your truck or SUV to your heart’s content, but this title really shines in the multiplayer arena where you know that your human adversaries are suffering from the same loopy physics and difficult control schemes that you are. When all is said and done, 4×4 Evolution comes off as a fun excursion that is marred by some bugs and a feeling of incompleteness as though Terminal Reality could have done so much more.
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GameStar (Germany)
Aha, so sieht das anscheinend aus, wenn ein Entwicklerteam zwar viel Ahnung hat, aber wenig Lust an der Arbeit. 4x4 Evolution kann in wesentlichen Aspekten wie Fahrphysik, Steuerung oder Streckendesign durchaus punkten. Obendrauf gibt’s Geländewagen, Trucks und Tuningteile bis zum Abwinken. Die peinliche Kollisionsabfrage, ein sinnfreier Karrieremodus und hässliche Menüs schmälern den positiven Eindruck wieder. Aber für einen kurzweiligen Ausritt ins Gelände reicht es allemal.
70
Jeuxvideo.com
Les fans de 4x4 seront déçus pas le manque de vivacité du jeu, tant dans les réactions du véhicule que pour l'impression de vitesse nettement insuffisante. Mais ceux qui sont un peu moins regardant pourront sans doute y trouver leur bonheur, notamment grâce aux circuits variés et aux graphisme de très bonne qualité.
70
FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network
A solid truck racing game with plenty of trucks to race, unique environments, and varied weather conditions. But even with all the options, the gameplay lacks any distinct appeal.
67
Entertainmentopia
Overall, 4x4 Evolution is a great game, and an awesome addition to any gamer’s collection. Don’t expect this one to just throw you into the seat of the best truck, you will have to earn that ride, and that may turn off a number of casual gamers who just assume jump in and give it a go. With cross-platform, lag-less multiplayer, and amazing graphics this game sure is fun to play. Sure the inconsistencies in the physics model and collision detection do detour away from the true greatness of the game, especially in close races, but in the end 4x4 Evolution is a grand racing experience that should, at the very least, be sampled by any racing fan.
67
PC Zone
Compare it to Insane, with its weight of different game types, the hysterical way your car takes physical damage and then falls apart, and 4x4 is left looking too po-faced for its own good.
67
PC Games (Germany)
Die Auswahl an Geländewagen im unübersichtlichen Hauptmenü erscheint zuerst gigantisch, schrumpft aber schnell auf immer noch beeindruckende 30 Fahrzeuge zusammen, wenn man diverse, kaum unterschiedliche Varianten außen vor lässt. Dagegen sind die 15 Strecken, die den Allradtriebwerken als Auslauf dienen, nicht gerade großzügig bemessen. Auch wenn es auf jedem der schön designten Rundkurse Abkürzungen zu entdecken gibt, hat man schnell alles gesehen.
65
HappyPuppy
Apparently companies like Toyota don't like the idea of their cars getting damaged, even virtually. What they have done as a result is make an important part of the game feel almost sterile and lackluster. Just the same, the rest of the game is fun, if nothing particularly new. The cross-platform multiplayer support is a great addition, but in the end 4x4 Evo is little more than moderately solid choice for anyone wanting a new multiplayer-centric racer.
61
PC Player (Germany)
Vor zu vielen Ideen und Nonkonformismus konnte sich Terminal Reality durchaus retten. Die Rennen durchs Gelände wirken anfangs schnittig, später hausbacken, zum Schluss eher langweilig. So lobenswert auch die Masse an Fahrzeugen ist, der Nacht-Modus, die vielen Einzelteile, die man sich für sein Auto kaufen kann, ein Geschwindigkeitsrausch trat bei mir nicht auf. Dafür fahren sich die Autos zu träge und überhaupt zu undynamisch. Dennoch haben die Programmierer aus ihren Möglichkeiten viel gemacht. Insane ist für den alten Rennspiel-Profi, der etwas Neues erleben will, genau richtig. Einsteiger wären aber überfordert. Für diese Geländehäschen ist 4x4 Evolution wie gemacht.
60
Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Было бы гораздо лучше, если бы мечты остались мечтами. Наблюдать в очередной раз обычную аркаду средней руки после долгого ожидания истинного симулятора внедорожников — слишком неприятное занятие. Такой игра и отложится в нашей памяти — нереализованной иллюзией с пресловутой свободой в главной роли.
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Gaming Entertainment Monthly
While the driving model is as atrocious as with other racing games seen in the past, this could have been a lot better especially since it was coming from Terminal Reality. You are getting an arcade racer but this will disappoint the purists expecting a realistic driving sim. This really could have been a contender for the next evolution of racing sims, but instead it spins out at the starting line.
50
Génération 4
4x4 n'est pas un mauvais jeu, mais il ne propose rien de bien original qui n'ait déjà été fait.
50
Gamekult
Passé l'agréable surprise de la découverte, 4x4 Evolution est un jeu arcade qui déçoit. Tous les 4x4 ont la même prise en main, et derrière l'apparente surabondance de véhicules, de réglages et de compétitions se cache un jeu répétitif et buggé de surcroît. Les collisions décevantes, la maniabilité simpliste, l'ambiance sonore très pauvre, l'animation assez lente et la difficulté inégale finissent par l'emporter sur les graphismes agréables et le côté délirant des circuits.
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Gry OnLine
Podsumowując, 4x4 Evolution jest grą stojącą pod względem wykonania na całkiem dobrym poziomie. Dokładne modele samochodów terenowych jak i bardzo duża ich ilość, dobrze wykonane i zróżnicowane trasy. Jednak model jazdy pozostawia wiele do życzenia. Szkoda, bo 4x4 mogłoby stać się najlepszą grą tego typu. Pozostaje nam czekać na kolejny tytuł z tego gatunku , który ma pobić „na głowę” wszystko co do tej pory mieliśmy okazję oglądać. Mam na myśli Insane który już niedługo powinien pokazać się na rynku.
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GameGenie
4x4 Evolution is a good game negated by meager gameplay. Despite the awesome vehicles and innovative multi-platform multiplayer game, the physics and collision models are just too awful. This is very sad, as racing with real-life 4x4 vehicles is very fun, just don't try it in 4x4 Evolution.