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Ok, I'll admit when the original ATV: Quad Power Racing from Acclaim came out, I was still really into ATV Offroad Fury from Sony, so I didn't pay much attention to it. I was also still running Dreamcast HQ at the time so we never really got a chance to review it. But I had continually heard good things about the game, and so I figured next time it came around I would look at it. Well, the next time has come around. Acclaim Sports (AKA) not only decided to bring out a sequel, but to bring it to all three next generation platforms. And so this particular review will cover the Xbox and GameCube versions of ATV: Quad Power Racing 2. They are close enough to be scored the same. The PS2 version is scored a little differently, so it required it's own review.
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While ATV 2 Quad Power Racing has some graphical issues and a limited selection when it comes to sound, the fun, excitement and enjoyment you can get out of the title makes up for it’s shortcomings. This reminds me of the title Test Drive Off Road Wide Open from Infogrames, as it offers hours of fun, and what else do we play games for? The fun factor is there! Not to mention, there is currently no other option when it comes to quad racing for the Xbox, and I don’t mean that as a slam, hopefully Acclaim will continue to improve on this series with each release, I’ll be looking for ATV 3.
ATV: Quad Power Racing 2 is a fun game and while it does share the same flaws and deficiencies as the PS2 version it partially makes up for them with some nice subtle improvements in quality and features, and to be perfectly honest, lack of competition. Given enough time you can learn to work with (or around) the flaky stunt controls and the unintuitive preload system, and you will find yourself totally addicted to an intense racing and fun freestyle experience. If there were another ATV Xbox game competing for your dollar then you might have to think a bit more seriously, but for now, this is a great off-road racing game, and not just because it’s the only one in town.
Zwar präsentiert sich die Xbox-Fassung von ATV 2 technisch hochwertiger als auf der PS2, aber spielerisch sind die Unterschiede minimal. Mehr Quads auf der Strecke und mehr Details neben der Strecke beeinflussen kaum den Spielspaß. Die stabilere Bildrate und der exklusive Vier-Spieler-Modus hingegen schon. Trotzdem ist die Steuerung nach wie vor etwas unhandlich, die Präsentation recht lieblos, die Lokalisierung ziemlich schlampig und der Schwierigkeitsgrad sowie das Streckendesign teils sehr unausgewogen. Mangels Alternativen können ambitionierte Quad-Fans aber dennoch zuschlagen, denn trotz zahlreicher Frustmomente kommen Action und Fahrspaß bei ATV 2 nicht zu kurz und dank abwechslungsreicher Spielmodi kann man die Beherrschung seines Gefährts auch abseits der üblichen Rennstrecken unter Beweis stellen.
Ever since Tony Hawk, extreme-sports games have been a dime a dozen. Some have been great, some have been terrible, and ATV QPR2 falls somewhere in the middle of that. At first glance, it’s very shallow, only decent looking, very arcadey and slapsticky, but deep down, it becomes somewhat fun and very challenging. But after a while, it becomes more of a chore to unlock things, and the overall mediocrity won’t do anything special for you, and it’s decent for what it is. Get ready for a ton of frustration! It’s the only ATV game on the XBOX, but like I said, it’s decent.
ATV: QPR2 should keep ATV fans content. Other gamers looking for an extreme sports racing game packed with extra features and loads of tracks should probably look elsewhere.
The nice thing about making a 4x4 game for Xbox, is that there's not much competition. Different from a car racing game (of which Xbox has some quality titles), a 4x4 game has a unique feel and different set of standards. So, with Acclaim bringing ATV Quad Power Racing 2 to Xbox, it has little to stand in its way of dominating the genre. Unfortunately, while a reasonably solid game, ATV: Quad Power Racing 2 fails to do anything but bury itself in a grave of pure mediocrity.
Le jeu manque clairement d'ambition pour vraiment passionner. Si on s'amuse au début, le titre devient finalement assez rasoir sur la durée. Dommage, car en offrant plus de circuits, plus de défis on tenait là un meilleur titre. Etant donné que les jeux de quads ne courent pas les rues, vous pouvez toujours tenter l'expérience si vous aimez le genre.
While Rainbow Studios' ATV Off-Road Fury series has enjoyed a fair amount of success on the PlayStation 2, until now the Xbox has been without a quad racing game of any quality. Acclaim fills this gap with ATV Quad Power Racing 2, the follow-up to its PlayStation quad racing game. What developer Climax has produced here is a simple, accessible racing game with modest goals that it, for the most part, accomplishes.
This game is the best ATV game out right now, but still a mediocre title in general. It offers some unique additions to plain jane racing, but seems to have been shoved off the line a few weeks too early. The control and boost/trick systems scream for some tweaking. If you like ATV racing games, this is certainly worth picking up. Ff you don’t care for ATVs any more than cars, stick to car games.
Nonetheless, we were strangely compelled into extensively playing ATV2 - whether or not the same is true of you, you'll know within your first minutes of play. Everything on offer clocks in at 'above average' or better, with some flashy visuals and a great physics engine. But while there are hints of originality littered around, the whole package does feel rather generic.
In the end, despite the few extra features mentioned at the start of this review, unresponsive controls prevent the Xbox version of QPR2 from outdoing its console brethren. The lack of an online element serves to further accentuate the inferiority of this title in relation to Sony's ATV: Offroad Fury 2. Still, with so few quality 4x4 games on the market, QPR2 may be worth checking out.