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Thursday, October 26, 2000

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Ah yes, the rush of Fall Mac releases has begun! Gathering of Developers has announced that their extreme off-road SUV driving sim 4x4 Evolution is now on its way to store shelves and should be available within the next few days. Developed by Terminal Reality, this racer is revolutionary in several ways, from the go-anywhere 'trackless" structure of the race to the ability to seamlessly play online with Mac, PC and Sega Dreamcast users as your opponents.

Over 31,500 of you downloaded the Public Test 2 of this game from, a totally unprecedented amount of demand which signals a strong untapped market for driving sims on the Mac OS. It should be emphasized that this test version was not a demo for the game, merely a rough test version to ferret out networking bugs. A genuine, polished demo of the game will be available in the next few days, and you may be surprised at how different it is in interface, physics and audio.

Here are excerpts from the press release:

Start your engines! Terminal Reality and Gathering of Developers today announced that 4x4 EVO is available in stores nationwide. Developed by Terminal Reality for the PC, Mac and Dreamcast, this groundbreaking, 4x4 off-road game puts virtual drivers behind the wheel of their favorite real world SUV and/or truck and challenges them to race through a variety of detailed off-road environments. Taking gamers for the off-road ride of their lives, 4x4 EVO sports the latest array of real 4x4 vehicles, unprecedented graphics, and real-world physics. In addition the game supports Internet multi-player options between Dreamcasts, Macs, and PCs. Published by developer-driven computer and video game publisher Gathering of Developers and distributed by Take Two Interactive, 4x4 EVO is available for a suggested retail price of $39.99 for the PC and Mac versions, and $49.99 for the Dreamcast version.

"Terminal Reality's 4x4 EVO takes advantage of today's latest technological advances and delivers amazingly realistic off-road action," said Mike Wilson, CEO of Gathering of Developers. "Gamers will be amazed by its cross platform playability and realistically detailed trucks and courses."

4x4 EVO takes gamers through a total of 15 courses, each with its own distinctive design, music score and difficulty level. In addition to contending with the other vehicles, players will be challenged by a collection of variables such as gates, trees, and tractors in junkyards or on-coming traffic in construction zones. Virtual drivers choose their own path as they begin with a base truck and compete in a series of off-road races to win cash. Drivers can stop and rewind the action through a playback feature and can view the whole race again from multiple camera angles, and even different racers' perspectives. Players can also use GameSpy's Buddy system for instant messaging and keeping track of their fellow drivers.

4x4 EVO Features:

  • 15 extreme environments ranging from painted deserts to treacherous mountaintops to tropical island chains.
  • Cross-platform multiplayer capabilities that allow up to eight PC/Mac players and up to four Dreamcast gamers to compete against each other in heated online play.
  • Over 100+ licensed vehicles from 8 different manufacturers, with each looking and driving exactly like their real-life counterparts.
  • Detailed off-road truck physics and moving objects.
  • Ability to tweak and adjust SUV/trucks to make them faster.
  • Downloadable new tracks for extended PC/Mac gameplay.
  • System requirements for the Mac OS version of this game were not given, but we expect them to be surprisingly mild; in our own in-house testing we found the game smooth and responsive on even a 300 MHz Powerbook G3 (Rage Pro graphics built-in), and it ran smoothly at 1280x1024 with all settings on high with a G4/500 and a Radeon card. It even ran well at 1600x1200 if we limited the race to four vehicles.

    Watch for this great racer in a store near you -- there will be a separate boxed Mac version, so don't grab the PC copy and assume it is a hybrid. Pick up a racing wheel while you are at it, almost any USB one will work seamlessly with the latest Apple GameSprockets.

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