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The sequel to the chaotic off-road rally racing game, Rally Cross. The lead programmer, Mark Lyons, and the lead artist, Scott Atkins, from Rally Cross had left Sony and formed a new company, Idol Minds. Rally Cross 2 was one of the first two games developed by Idol Minds. It was an attempt to build on the original, while creating a game with a simpler learning curve.

Rally Cross 2 retains the rough terrain of the original, with even more jumps and crashes. Multi-tap and 4 player split screen were not included in the sequel, but 2 player split screen remained. The ability to control attributes such as suspension, tires, and steering was added, as well as the ability to paint your car with a primary and detail color that can be picked from a large palette.

Once again the courses can be raced forwards or backwards, and in suicide mode (cars racing in opposite directions at the same time). The multi-race season mode still exists. One of the biggest additions is the track editor. There are a dozen or so different pieces that can be rotated and dropped into a 2D grid to create completely new tracks.

The cars are still flipped upright with the shoulder buttons, but it now requires only a single button press instead of the multiple rocking motions in the original. Handling has changed significantly since cars tend to fishtail around the corners instead of flip, but high speed crashes will still result in an upside down car.


Rally Cross 2 PlayStation Snow builds up on the car over the course of the race.
Rally Cross 2 PlayStation Going airborne.
Rally Cross 2 PlayStation Be careful on those slopes.
Rally Cross 2 PlayStation First-person view

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Absolute Playstation Mar, 1999 88 out of 100 88
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Jan, 1999 8.1 out of 10 81
Gamezilla Nov 12, 1998 78 out of 100 78
GameSpot Nov 13, 1998 7.7 out of 10 77
Mega Fun Feb, 1999 75 out of 100 75
Freak Dec, 1998 73 out of 100 73
Super Play (Sweden) Feb, 1999 71 out of 100 71
Playstation Pro (UK Magazine) Jun, 1999 5.5 out of 10 55
Joypad Jan, 1999 4 out of 10 40
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Mar, 1999 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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Jim Mooney (69) added Rally Cross 2 (PlayStation) on Jan 05, 2004
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