4x4 EVO 2

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4x4 EVO 2

Developer:Terminal Reality Genre:Racing Release Date: Download Games Free Now!

About The Game

If you can put up with some frustrating inconsistencies and technical problems, 4x4 EVO 2 offers some thrilling off-road racing.
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4x4 EVO 2

4x4 EVO 2 Review

By Mike Armstead |

One of the simplest joys of racing games is that they let you get away with things you can't do in real life. Assuming you're not a race car driver or the latest guest star on World's Scariest Police Chases, driving mainly means dutifully obeying signs and driving within the lines. If you'd like more adventure than just merging onto a busy highway or dodging stray shopping carts at the grocery store, 4x4 EVO 2 may be what you're looking for. Here's a racing game that not only ignores speed limits, but often also ignores roads. Like its predecessor, 4x4 Evolution, 4x4 EVO 2 puts you behind the wheel of real-world trucks and SUVs and lets you barrel over dirt roads and across the open countryside. Deviating from the racecourses isn't just possible, but actively encouraged. If you can put up with some frustrating inconsistencies and technical problems, 4x4 EVO 2 offers some thrilling off-road racing.

4x4 EVO 2 lets you get behind the wheel of 120 different trucks and SUVs.

4x4 EVO 2 features a healthy selection of game modes and a greater emphasis on the single-player experience than its predecessor. First, there's time attack mode, where you try to set record laps. Then, there's the obligatory quick race, which lets you jump right into the action without any fuss (other than awkward, ugly menus). You can choose from 30 courses, and you can race at midday or dusk and drive under clear conditions or various levels of fog and rain. After each race, you can watch replays with a VCR-style control panel. Surprisingly, there aren't any difficulty levels or options, and the default settings might be pretty tough for racing novices.

You can race between one and 20 laps against up to seven computer-controlled opponents or compete online via a somewhat convoluted and buggy server browser. 4x4 Evolution's ability to let you race against those with console versions of the game is gone in the sequel. The manual touts a two-player versus mode, though this was inaccessible, despite having the required two controllers installed. If you play against the computer, prepare for both excitement and frustration. Your AI opponents race hard but seem to think this is a game of bumper cars--they drive with reckless abandon and constantly knock you into boulders or off the road. Leaving the road by your own devices, on the other hand, can be useful, since taking shortcuts is encouraged.

To find those shortcuts, you can play in the free roam mode, where there's no pressure and no competition. You just drive to your heart's content, enjoying the scenery or smashing into it as you see fit. As with the quick race mode, free roam lets you choose any course, the time of day, and the weather conditions. As Rainbow Studios' Motocross Madness 2 proved so well, the ability to just ride around and follow your every whim can be at least as enjoyable as structured competition. Of course, you can't do death-defying, acrobatic stunts in a 4x4 EVO 2, so once the novelty of the environments wears off, the free roam mode can get pretty dull in a hurry.

The quick race, time attack, and free roam modes let you choose vehicles from three classes, beginning with stock vehicles and progressing to ones heavily modified for off-road racing. All three classes feature real-world trucks and SUVs from GMC, Mitsubishi, Chevrolet, Lexus, Toyota, Dodge, Jeep, Nissan, and Infiniti. The game boasts 120 models in all, including variants of the Dodge Durango, Mitsubishi Montero, Nissan Xterra, Toyota Tacoma, and other well-known models. In practical game terms, many of the different models perform quite similarly, so while the game technically has 120 vehicles, in practice it feels like far fewer.

The 30 different courses are big and impressive.

If you don't like the standard vehicles, you're free to use vehicles you've bought and modified in the game's career mode. Fleshed out from the original 4x4 EVO, the career mode in 4x4 EVO 2 starts you out with $30,000 with which to purchase the vehicle of your choice. With money that you win in various racing series, you can purchase new vehicles, as well as licensed parts from Goodridge, K&N, IPF, Rancho, and others. These range from high-performance air filters and snorkels for river fording to things as mundane (and useless in game terms) as a sun visor. As you win more series and build a reputation, you'll get to try out for racing teams. If you're accepted by one, you can unlock more parts and vehicles.

New to the EVO series is the ability to undertake special missions in career mode. To earn cash, you can search the desert for a mysterious Spanish mission church, deliver relief supplies to a remote Alaskan village cut off by an earthquake, and perform other FedEx or needle-in-a-haystack tasks. The goals themselves are boring, and the lame map/compass is of little use. Get ready to drive in circles. The environments are huge, though, helping to really capture the feel of off-roading in remote, beautiful areas.

There's certainly a lot to see in all of 4x4 EVO 2's game modes. The imaginative and diverse courses will have you navigating narrow bridges high in the Tibetan Himalayas, tearing through a secret military airbase in the desert, and racing through an abandoned Buddhist temple complex in Thailand, karma be damned. The game's gorgeous graphics do a great job of immersing you in each scene, displaying lush colors and fine attention to detail. The tracks are brought to life with incidental scenery like fighter jets soaring over the airbase or trains rumbling through industrial areas. The trucks themselves are ultradetailed.

No matter how hard you try, you can't so much as scratch the trucks in EVO 2.

These slick graphics come at a price, though. Unless you crank down the resolution, detail settings, and/or color depth (in particular), you might notice severe frame rate drops even on a fairly high-end system. Needless to say, sputtering visuals can make accurate racing extremely difficult. Occasional clipping anomalies, like when trucks come in contact, can also make seeing where you're going very hard. For that matter, you'll also notice the absence of a rearview mirror in the first-person view mode, as well as the inability to look to your sides. To look backward, you'll need to glance over your virtual shoulder by hitting a key or button. Of course, looking backward is hardly the safest way to race.

4x4 EVO 2's audio has its faults, too. The soundtrack falls prey to the music malady suffered by so many racing games these days: acute techno disorder. Monotonous, disposable electronic beats hammer away at you from the moment you start up the game. Some of the tunes are just forgettable, while some are so in-your-face bad that you'll be blissfully thankful you can mute the music. The sound effects fare much better. The engines sound convincingly throaty, and the sounds of jouncing suspension and slipping tires draw you into the action.

The physics in 4x4 EVO 2 are relaxed from reality, making a compromise between an arcade racer and a realistic sim, with the emphasis on the former. You'll get a great sense of speed as you hurtle down hills in the fog, with your truck rocking every which way as you bang over the rough terrain. Unfortunately, the game's physics are beset with frustrating oddities that can really detract from your enjoyment of the game. Trucks seem to stick to each other as if they had giant Velcro sheets glued to their sides. If you barely touch another truck, you'll slow dramatically. This is a major problem, given the AI drivers' tendency to bang into you all the time.

Worse, you can smash through small trees with no consequences, but a chain-link fence or little rock can stop you cold when you slam into it at 100mph. While some objects magically bring you to an instant halt, you can literally bounce off a parked plane on an airstrip. When you're roaring around a track and trying to dodge vicious competitors, it can be extremely hard to guess in an instant what that upcoming something-or-other in the road might do to you. Can you drive over it with no consequences, or will it knock you out of first place?

Equally odd, you simply can't damage the trucks in this game. Do whatever you want to them, and they still seem to drive fine and look as if they just came off the showroom floor. In fairness, the licensing auto manufacturers surely don't want to see their precious beauties all mangled in what amounts to an advertising deal with the game developer and publisher. Still, driving off a mountain or landing on top of a truck after leaping off a sand dune should at least put a dent in your vehicle.

4x4 EVO 2 supports force feedback out of the box, unlike its predecessor, which required a patch to enable it. The force feedback setup options only allow you to change the raw force and spring strength, so if you want to fine-tune the feedback, you'll need to exit the program and handle it through your controller software. Either way, the force feedback effects are strong but only give you a generic sense of riding over rough terrain instead of a better read on any subtle forces acting on your truck.

EVO 2 can be a fun, liberating racing experience if you get past the problems.

4x4 EVO 2 offers a few simplified tuning options, though not enough to make a true gearhead happy. This simplification has its advantages, though. Unlike the hard-core racing sims that require you to tweak numerous settings to control over- or understeer, 4x4 EVO 2 features a single handling slider that lets you easily select more of either one. No matter how you tweak your truck, though, this is not a subtle game--you can pretty much mash the accelerator to the floor most of the race, and that will serve you well enough.

If it weren't for all 4x4 EVO 2's inconsistencies and little problems, it would be a great racing game. As it stands, it still manages to be a pretty good one. The environments are diverse and beautiful, and the races give you a real sense of throwing caution to the wind and driving like a merry madman. The career mode offers plenty of goodies to purchase with your winnings, though it's questionable how much you'll notice whatever difference they make as you launch over hills and rumble across rocks. Either way, if you want wild off-road racing, 4x4 EVO 2 usually delivers, warts and all.

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TITLE:    4x4 Evolution Vehicle Comparison Chart
PLATFORM: PlayStation 2
VERSION:  0.8
AUTHOR:   Alex Kreis (singlejointed)
E-MAIL:   singlejointed@attbi.com
UPDATED:  01/14/03

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01 Contents:

01 Contents
02 Updates
03 Introduction 
04 The Chart
05 Best Trucks by Class
06 Best Non-Racing Trucks by Make 
07 Legal 

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02 Updates:

01/14/03 None

01/15/03 Added best trucks by class and best non-racing trucks by make 
         sections.  Also added more to the introduction. 

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03 Introduction:

 The following section is a list of every vehicle in the PS2 version (same as 
PC, Mac, and Dreamcast versions with the addition of three Jeeps) of 4x4 Evo in
order of their horsepower to weight ratio.  

 The reason for this list judging vehicles only by their power to weight ratio 
is that 4x4 Evolution sets each race with trucks of generally the same power 
and other modifications together.  However, it doesn't take into account the 
vehicles' weight.  So, the lightest trucks, in relation to their power, have 
the greatest advantage.  

 The 2WD versions of the trucks weigh hundreds of pounds less than their 4WD 
counterparts, have the same number of horsepower, and can be convrted into 4WD 
by purchasing a race transfer case.  So, it's smartest to buy the 2WD trucks.
Also, even though the description of the race transfer case states that there 
is a slight weight increase, there isn't.

 Asterisks (*) next to a truck model's name mean that that truck is either the 
best in its class (see section 05) or best in its make (see section 06) by 
power to weight ratio.   

 If viewing in 800x600 resolution scroll right to view power to weight ratio-->

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04 The Chart

 Model and Drivetrain                      Price     Class            HP   Lbs.  HP/Lb.    
*TrailBlazer Race SUV 2WD                  $850,000  Race SUV         625  4750  .13158  
*Tundra Race Truck 2WD                     $850,000  Race Truck       500  4080  .12255
 F-150 Race Truck 2WD                      $850,000  Race Truck       550  4680  .11752
 Grand Cherokee Race SUV 4WD               $575,000  Race SUV         375  3438  .10908
 Dakota Race Truck 4WD                     $550,000  Race Truck       370  4307  .08591
 Xterra Race SUV 4WD                       $350,000  Race SUV         325  3904  .08325
 Pajero Rally 4WD                          $500,000  Race SUV         270  3404  .07932 
*Silverado 1500 Reg Cab 2WD                $19,610   Full-Size Truck  285  4006  .07114 
*Sierra 1500 SL Reg Cab 2WD                $19,485   Standard Truck   285  4007  .07113 
 Silverado 1500 LS Reg Cab 2WD             $23,706   Full-Size Truck  285  4009  .07109 
 Sierra 1500 SLE Reg Cab 2WD               $23,969   Standard Truck   285  4009  .07109 
 Silverado 1500 Ext Cab 2WD                $23,684   Full-Size Truck  285  4289  .06645  
 Sierra 1500 SL Ext Cab 2WD                $24,424   Standard Truck   285  4289  .06645 
 Silverado 1500 LT Ext Cab 2WD             $29,635   Full-Size Truck  285  4293  .06639 
 Silverado 1500 Reg Cab 4WD                $22,660   Full-Size Truck  285  4294  .06637 
 Sierra 1500 SL Reg Cab 4WD                $23,252   Standard Truck   285  4294  .06637 
 Silverado 1500 Ext Cab 4WD                $26,719   Full-Size Truck  285  4297  .06633  
 Sierra 1500 SLE Reg Cab 4WD               $27,401   Standard Truck   285  4297  .06633 
 Silverado 1500 LT Ext Cab 4WD             $32,840   Full-Size Truck  285  4302  .06625 
 Silverado 1500 LS Ext Cab 2WD             $26,456   Full-Size Truck  285  4310  .06613 
 Sierra 1500 SLE Ext Cab 2WD               $26,814   Standard Truck   285  4310  .06613 
*Dakota Club Cab 2WD                       $22,595   Standard Truck   250  3827  .06533
*Tacoma Xtracab V6 2WD                     $15,898   Compact Truck    190  2910  .06529 
 Silverado 1500 LS Reg Cab 4WD             $27,661   Full-Size Truck  285  4445  .06415
*Pathfinder SE 2WD                         $27,349   Standard SUV     250  3940  .06345
 Pathfinder XE 2WD                         $27,649   Standard SUV     240  3871  .06200
*Grand Cherokee Limited 2WD                $33,480   Standard SUV     235  3834  .06129 
 Sierra 1500 SL Ext Cab 4WD                $27,406   Standard Truck   285  4720  .06038
 Pathfinder LE 2WD                         $29,299   Standard SUV     240  3985  .06023 
 Silverado 1500 LS Ext Cab 4WD             $29,611   Full-Size Truck  285  4741  .06011 
 Sierra 1500 SLE Ext Cab 4WD               $30,246   Standard Truck   285  4741  .06011
*RX300 2WD                                 $33,500   Compact SUV      220  3692  .05959 
 Dakota Quad Cab Sport 2WD                 $22,425   Standard Truck   245  4132  .05929
 Tundra Standard Truck SR5 Access Cab 2WD  $23,080   Standard Truck   245  4133  .05928
*F-250 XL SuperCab 2WD                     $24,445   Full-Size Truck  310  5237  .05919 
*Tahoe 2WD                                 $26,329   Full-Size SUV    285  4828  .05903 
 Yukon SLE 2WD                             $33,504   Standard SUV     285  4828  .05903
 F-250 XLT SuperCab 2WD                    $26,765   Full-Size Truck  310  5260  .05894
 F-250 Lariat SuperCab 2WD                 $28,685   Full-Size Truck  310  5276  .05876
 Grand Cherokee Limited 4WD                $36,395   Standard SUV     235  4024  .05840
 Pathfinder SE 4WD                         $30,968   Standard SUV     250  4250  .05882 
 Dakota Club Cab 4WD                       $24,535   Standard Truck   235  4042  .05814
 Pathfinder XE 4WD                         $30,169   Standard SUV     240  4131  .05810 
 Suburban C1500 2WD                        $34,360   Full-Size SUV    285  4914  .05800 
 Yukon XL 1500 2WD                         $35,580   Full-Size SUV    285  4914  .05800
 Tacoma PreRunner Xtracab V6 2WD           $18,883   Compact Truck    190  3280  .05793
 F-150 XLT SuperCrew 2WD                   $28,180   Full-Size Truck  260  4581  .05676 
 Tahoe 4WD                                 $29,592   Full-Size SUV    285  5050  .05644 
 Yukon SLE 4WD                             $36,449   Standard SUV     285  5050  .05644
 RX300 AWD                                 $35,490   Compact SUV      220  3900  .05641
 F-150 Lariat SuperCrew 2WD                $29,495   Full-Size Truck  260  4621  .05626 
 Durango SLT 2WD                           $28,955   Standard SUV     245  4360  .05619 
 Durango SLT-Plus 2WD                      $30,765   Standard SUV     245  4360  .05619
 Tundra Standard Truck SR5 Access Cab 4WD  $27,015   Standard Truck   245  4376  .05599 
 Tahoe 4WD                                 $36,171   Full-Size SUV    285  5100  .05588
 Pathfinder LE 4WD                         $32,068   Standard SUV     240  4299  .05583
 Tundra Standard Truck Ltd Access Cab 2WD  $25,575   Standard Truck   245  4402  .05566 
 Suburban K1500 4WD                        $37,276   Full-Size SUV    285  5123  .05563 
 Yukon XL 1500 4WD                         $38,458   Full-Size SUV    285  5123  .05563
 Tacoma Xtracab V6 4WD                     $20,943   Compact Truck    190  3425  .05547
 Explorer Sport 2WD                        $22,700   Compact SUV      210  3789  .05542
 Tacoma Xtracab Ltd V6 4WD                 $25,198   Compact Truck    190  3430  .05539
 Yukon XL 2500 2WD                         $36,973   Full-Size SUV    300  5447  .05508 
 Suburban C2500 2WD                        $39,385   Full-Size SUV    300  5447  .05508
 F-250 XL SuperCab 4WD                     $27,820   Full-Size Truck  310  5665  .05472
 F-250 XLT SuperCab 4WD                    $30,125   Full-Size Truck  310  5688  .05450
 F-250 Lariat SuperCab 4WD                 $32,040   Full-Size Truck  310  5706  .05433
 Explorer Ltd 2WD                          $33,535   Standard SUV     215  3968  .05418
 Expedition 2WD                            $37,775   Standard SUV     260  4833  .05380
 Dakota Quad Cab Sport 4WD                 $25,070   Standard Truck   235  4391  .05352 
 Durango SLT 4WD                           $31,655   Standard SUV     245  4598  .05328 
 Durango SLT-Plus 4WD                      $33,505   Standard SUV     245  4598  .05328 
 Blazer LS 2-Dr 2WD                        $22,248   Compact SUV      190  3571  .05321
 F-150 XLT SuperCrew 4WD                   $31,745   Full-Size Truck  260  4914  .05291
 Explorer Sport 4WD                        $25,720   Compact SUV      210  3975  .05283
 Tundra Standard Truck Ltd Access Cab 4WD  $28,910   Standard Truck   245  4644  .05276
 F-150 Lariat SuperCrew 4WD                $33,110   Full-Size Truck  260  4948  .05255
 Yukon XL 2500 4WD                         $40,079   Full-Size SUV    300  5760  .05208 
 Suburban K2500 4WD                        $42,259   Full-Size SUV    300  5760  .05208 
 Blazer LS 4-Dr 2WD                        $25,840   Standard SUV     190  3671  .05176  
 Blazer LT 4-Dr 2WD                        $27,643   Standard SUV     190  3671  .05176  
 Blazer TrailBlazer 2WD                    $30,343   Standard SUV     190  3671  .05176
 Tacoma Xtracab 2WD                        $14,558   Compact Truck    142  2760  .05145
 4Runner SR5 Sport 2WD                     $28,413   Standard SUV     183  3600  .05083 
 Jimmy SLT 4-Dr 2WD                        $28,948   Standard SUV     190  3750  .05067
 Explorer Ltd AWD                          $35,140   Standard SUV     215  4321  .04976
 4Runner Ltd 2WD                           $34,798   Standard SUV     183  3710  .04933
 Explorer Ltd 4WD                          $34,725   Standard SUV     205  4168  .04918
 Blazer LS 2-Dr 4WD                        $25,667   Compact SUV      190  3874  .04904
 Explorer Sport Trac 2WD                   $24,225   Standard SUV     205  4183  .04901
 Expedition 4WD                            $39,885   Standard SUV     260  5401  .04814
 RAV4 4-Dr 2WD                             $17,368   Compact SUV      127  2668  .04760
 Tacoma PreRunner Xtracab 2WD              $17,518   Compact Truck    150  3175  .04724
 4Runner SR5 Sport 4WD                     $30,803   Standard SUV     183  3885  .04710
 Blazer LS 4-Dr 4WD                        $27,875   Standard SUV     190  4049  .04693 
 Blazer LT 4-Dr 4WD                        $29,878   Standard SUV     190  4049  .04693 
 Blazer TrailBlazer 4WD                    $32,210   Standard SUV     190  4049  .04693
 Excursion Ltd 2WD                         $39,350   Full-Size SUV    310  6642  .04667
 Explorer Sport Trac 4WD                   $26,995   Standard SUV     205  4400  .04659
 Xterra XE 2WD                             $21,067   Compact SUV      170  3668  .04635
 4Runner Ltd 4WD                           $37,638   Standard SUV     183  3975  .04604
 Jimmy SLT 4-Dr 4WD                        $30,815   Standard SUV     190  4146  .04583
 Land Cruiser 4WD                          $52,208   Standard SUV     230  5115  .04497
 RAV4 4-Dr 4WD                             $19,168   Compact SUV      127  2844  .04466
 Tacoma Xtracab 4WD                        $19,948   Compact Truck    150  3360  .04464
 Xterra SE 2WD                             $23,799   Compact SUV      170  3821  .04449
 Xterra XE 4WD                             $23,067   Compact SUV      170  3933  .04322 
 Excursion Ltd 4WD                         $41,925   Full-Size SUV    310  7188  .04313
*Montero Ltd AWD                           $35,492   Standard SUV     200  4675  .04278
 LX 470 AWD                                $60,600   Standard SUV     230  5401  .04258
 Xterra SE 4WD                             $25,319   Compact SUV      170  4092  .04154
 Xterra XE 2WD                             $18,498   Compact SUV      143  3504  .04081  

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05 Best Trucks by Class

 The following list shows which truck is best for class-specific events.  
Prices have been included, because some trucks have the same name but different
specs and prices.

Race SUV         TrailBlazer Race SUV 2WD    $850,000
Race Truck       Tundra Race Truck 2WD       $850,000
Compact SUV      RX300 2WD                   $33,500
Compact Truck    Tacoma Xtracab V6 2WD       $15,898
Standard SUV     Pathfinder SE 2WD           $27,349
Standard Truck   Sierra 1500 SL Reg Cab 2WD  $19,485
Full-Size SUV    Tahoe 2WD                   $26,329
Full-Size Truck  Silverado 1500 Reg Cab 2WD  $19,610

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06 Best Non-Racing Trucks by Make 

 The following list is done alphabetically by make to show which non-racing 
truck is best suited for make-specific races.  Prices have been included, 
because some trucks have the same name but different specs and prices.
 
Chevrolet   Silverado 1500 Reg Cab 2WD  $19,610
Dodge       Dakota Club Cab 2WD         $22,595
Ford        F-250 XL SuperCab 2WD       $24,445
GMC         Sierra 1500 SL Reg Cab 2WD  $19,485
Jeep        Grand Cherokee Limited 2WD  $33,480
Lexus       RX300 2WD                   $33,500
Mitsubishi  Montero Ltd AWD             $35,492
Nissan      Pathfinder SE 2WD           $27,349
Toyota      Tacoma Xtracab V6 2WD       $15,898

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07 Legal
 
 Copyright 2002 Alex Kreis

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