2: The Secret Files ©
Epic Megagames/Project 2
Acceleration! 32 Player Multiplayer! Non-stop gaming action! Highly
Addictive! If I said these words, you'd think I was talking about the
latest and greatest first person shooter coming this spring, like
Quake 3 or Unreal Tournament. Nope, you're wrong. Epic Megagames,
along with Project 2, bring us a new standalone version of the 1998
side scroller game of the year with all-new levels, some new homemade
levels, new weapons and new enemies, and it's now called Jazz
Jackrabbit 2: The Secret Files (Jazz 2:TSF). This doesn't change the
same gaming formula: it's the same old Jazz, and it's still fun as heck.
level design in Jazz 2:TSF is definitely well made. It wasn't
confusing to get around, and there were a lot of secrets to be found
all through the game, which boosted the replay value of the game. It
uses the same cartoon design of the levels with complimentary bright
colors. Jazz 2:TSF is meant for all ages, but that doesn't mean you
just let the kids play this game; you should play it also! While Jazz
2:TSF might look easy, trust me, it's not. Even on easy difficulty,
the game is still a challenge, which means it's no walk in the park.
While the enemies aren't too tough, the designers throw in some nice
puzzles and small challenges into the levels to make it well-balanced.
2: TSF lets you choice between the campaign files or you can choice
over twenty of the best user submitted levels, which a wide-variety
of different kinds of levels. Now, you might think, if it isn't made
by the professionals, then the levels must suck. While they aren't
exactly as good as the original or the secret files, they are still
decent and fit nice into this game. The game also includes it's own
standalone editor, thought it's not as easy to use as the actual game.
game is perfect, and of course Jazz 2: TSF has its imperfections.
Unless you bump the resolution down, you sometimes have to squint to
see what you're doing and even see Jazz (You can also choice your
sidekick Spaz or the female counterpart, Lori). Jazz 2:TSF, like the
old Jazz 2 games (the original and Jazz 2: Holiday Hare 98), still
has some problems of getting stuck at certain points, and controls
being kind of sluggish at random places when I was using my gamepad.
you might be saying, 32 players playing at the same time? It's got to
be sluggish! Surprisingly, it wasn't. You can play either over the
net, over a network, or even with several gamepads hooked up and two
players on keyboard. There was hardly any lag on the net or over the
network, and with all kinds of modes to play, including battle mode
and capture the flag.
conclude, this is a perfect compliment to the original Jazz 2. If you
owned the first Jazz 2, or still haven't gotten the coolest side
scrolling game for PC just yet, you should heavily consider doing it
on your next trip to the software store. Jazz 2:TSF builds on the
original, and just makes it even better. It's still addictive,
non-stop gaming action, and it really shouldn't be missed if you're
like the majority and just like a really fun game.
50M HD, DirectX 6, 4X CDROM, Keyboard or Joystick, 16M RAM
is a perfect compliment to the original Jazz 2