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Friday, August 18, 2000

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Our Gamecenter Alliance partner Stomped has spent some time with a beta copy of 4x4 Evolution, an off-road racing game by Terminal Reality coming to Mac, PC and Dreamcast in the near future. The resulting preview is extremely short; more of an update on the progress of the game than an actual preview, but it shows that this title is indeed nearing the 'finish line,' so to speak.

Here's an excerpt about what's new in this beta, and what is missing:

This new build still is missing a lot of features, including a career mode, but what was implemented showed a lot of promise. For one, the graphics had been improved a bit. The textures seemed to be a bit sharper in the tracks (and the tracks looked pretty good to begin with) and the track designers have added a few bits of eye candy to the settings. The airfield, desert, and junkyard tracks are back in this beta build, but they have all been tinkered with. There are more planes in the are in the airfield track, for one thing. The birds that were present flying around the tracks don't seem to be present in this build, however.
IMG has seen this game in action twice, once at E3 and again at MWNY, and it is a truly impressive title. While the emphasis is more on 'fun' driving than total realism, the "trackless" drive-anywhere design of the game will make for some frantic scrambles through the virtual mud. And you will be able to network play against Mac, PC, and Sega Dreamcast opponents, transparently! 4X4 Evolution will be published by Gathering of Developers, and is due later this Fall. For more information on the game, check out Stomped's earlier report on the Alpha version.

Macworld NY 4x4 Evo Video
Terminal Reality's 4x4 Evolution
4x4 Evolution Alpha Preview at Stomped
4x4 Evolution Beta Preview at Stomped
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Gathering of Developers
4x4 Evolution

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