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Un beau titre, un peu aseptisé, qui assure quand même de belles courses, seul ou à plusieurs.
All in all, 4x4 Evo 2 offers an enjoyable mix of features, but if you take your off-road racing seriously, you will probably want to avoid this game. The numerous makes and models of two and four wheel drive vehicles, as well as the customizations available, and the various modes of play, really offer a lot of value for your money, but considering the infancy of gaming on the XBox, better off-road racing games are likely on the horizon.
There are a lot of racing games on the Xbox, but this is by far one of the best. 4X4 Evo 2 is the perfect blend of Gran Turismo elements and off-road racing. Hardcore gamers will love the high difficulty of the opponents, while casual gamers will be amazed at how many vehicles there are.
Game Informer Magazine
A more apt title for this game would have been 4x4 Evolution 1 & 2, because it includes all the tracks and tricks of the first game as well as plenty of new material to explore. A game with enough depth to keep you busy for months, 4x4 is so good it almost makes SUVs seem cool.
This is a game for the die-hard off-roader. There is more to planning and buying vehicles and parts than there is to racing at times. Wrong vehicles and lack of parts on your vehicle and you will find yourself in last place time and time again. Before you even race, you may need to memorize a course and, even then, your wayward opponents and their one-track minds will often send you careening off-course. Graphics are the standard racing fare and audio is, well, there. 4x4 EVO 2 for the Xbox by Gathering of Developers is for the most insane of off-roaders who need all the various off-road games that are available. For most gamers though, stay sane, stick to the roads and drive past this game.
Game Informer Magazine
I couldn’t see much, if any, improvement over the game’s predecessor, and instead of more vehicles, there are significantly less (due to licensing issues with Ford). Couple this with fewer-than-expected new courses, plus minor control issues, and you’ve got a fun game that’s definitely good, but should have been better.
The number of courses in the game is staggering. Approximately 40 different courses are available (not all at once, except in single race mode) set throughout various "events" of varying length. This is perhaps where 4X4 Evo 2’s greatest strength lay. The courses vary in terrain and layout enough so that it really does feel like each course is different. Add to this the various missions that you can take on for money, and you could play this game for quite some time.
Out of all the Xbox launch titles, 4X4 Evo 2 is the most lackluster of them all. It's boring, mundane, and unimpressive. You'll have to look pretty hard to find as generic a title as this one, particularly coming right at a system's launch.
Were there nothing more to the game than the racing, 4x4 Evo 2 would probably receive no more than two and a half stars, maybe three. Combined with the joy that comes from the limited but relatively unique experience provided by the missions, Evo 2 qualifies for a three star rating. The game will appeal to those people who know their trucks and their truck parts. Best described as a toy box for tinkerers, Evo 2 should be looked at if you're trying to find a game for climbing hills, and only partially for racing trucks. If you're looking for a racing game, rent it and decide for yourself. If you want a 4x4ing game, the technical detail here makes it definitely worth a look.
Overall, 4X4 Evo doesn't reach the level that it wanted too, but I think it's a pretty fun game to play simply to randomly explore. It's not the deepest game that you can play, but considering I got it for a pretty low price and I've played it quite a bit, I think I more than got my value out of it. Pick it up if you want a fun little game that you can play without too much of a challenge and if you want a game you can put away without remorse.
Au final ce second opus devrait à la rigueur savoir se faire apprécier de ceux qui avaient accroché avec le premier même s'il n'apporte pas d'innovations majeures. Les autres auront tout intérêt à se tourner vers d'autres titres mieux réalisés et surtout au gameplay beaucoup plus solide.
Graphiquement sympathique, complet en modes de jeu, en véhicules, en circuits et en challenge, 4x4 Evolution 2 se tarte sur des aspects techniques qui l'empêchent de procurer de véritables sensations. De plus, il s'embourbe royalement dans la gestion des adversaires complètement aveugles et partisans de la téléportation au moindre choc. Il comblera toutefois quelques assidus de 4x4 qui n'ont pas grand chose à se mettre sous la dent mis à part un autre jeu décevant : Off-Road : Wide Open.
When the original 4x4 Evolution was released for the Dreamcast it was a refreshing change for off-roading games and earned the distinction of being the dirt-bound equivalent of Gran Turismo. It was then ported to the PlayStation 2 with limited upgrades, and unbeknownst to most, so began the downward spiral of the series. 4x4 EVO 2 for the Xbox is the sequel to the Dreamcast and PlayStation 2 games, and while it takes one small step forward, it ultimately stumbles back several paces as well.
In 4x4 Evolution 2, the negatives definitely outweigh the positives. While there are some promising features in the game, such as career mode and the customizations, the core gameplay is flawed. It's hard to suggest a game, much less talk about it, when it feels like it was rushed. The game suffers in the graphics and presentation departments and the sound doesn't help its case either. Even if you're a die-hard off-road racing fan, you may want to rent before you buy in this case to see if the you can possibly overlook 4x4's many flaws.
4x4 Evo 2 is plagued with too many flaws to be recommended for anything other than a brief rental. The graphics are old, NPC riders aren't very fun to race against, the maps are dumb and the camera's a joke. I suggest you continue to search for other ways to virtually express your inner 4x4 offroad SUV.