MacGamer Kicks 4x4 Evo 2's Tires
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IMG's Chris Barylick has written a review of Aspyr's recently released 4x4 Evolution 2 for MacGamer. The review focuses on the various modes of play that the off-roading game features, including Quick Race, Free Roam, Time Attack, Team, Career, Missions, and Multiplayer. Although he professes not to be a driving-game aficionado, Barylick gives the title generally positive marks, with a few constructive criticisms. He raves about the games audio-visual splendor, especially the sound effects (but not the soundtrack) and overall graphics.
Here's his description of 4x4 Evo 2's visuals:
The photorealistic terrain is nothing short of incredible and the physics engine does a great job of capturing realistic movement. Even in 16-bit graphics mode, the levels are gorgeous, realistic and as shiny or gritty as they need to be. The weather system also weighs heavily into the equation; the terrain changing and demanding differently outfitted trucks (such as tires that cut into the earth on rainy levels or chained tires on snow-based levels). Perhaps the most amazing feature of the graphics engine is the light and particle system that accurately reflects surrounding light in addition to kicking up realistic clouds of dirt that layer your vehicle as time goes by.In the cons column, Barylick takes points off for the game's lack of innovation, relatively high system requirements, and the inelegant multiplayer user interface:
[It] forgoes the elegant look Mac users are used to in favor of a blocky "graphical DOS" interface. In a time when even Windows XP isn't looking as homely as the lonely kid on prom night, an updated multiplayer interface isn't completely out of the question.The review also includes 17 screenshots, which provide a much better overview of what gameplay might look like than the four screenshots available on Aspyr's own 4x4 Evo 2 page.
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