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|ATV: Quad Power Racing 2
ATV: Quad Power Racing 2 is all about big tricks, big boots to the face and big finishes. It's arcade ATV racing like you always wanted it to be. ATV Quad Power Racing 2 combines 10 of the top pro riders in the world (including Dana Creech, Kory Ellis and Tim Farr) and 40+ real-life sponsors with the fast, edge of your seat, arcade gameplay the fans of the original know and love. Get ready to get injured. [Acclaim]
||January 28, 2003
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Replicating speed is always a goal for racing games and ATV 2 meets the challenge. Fast is fast, especially with the better ATVs, and the blurring effect during boost use really does bring that sense of speed home.
Like "SSX Tricky," ATV2 relies on tight playability to keep your mind off the averageness of the visuals. The only real moan is that crashes lack any sort of bone-jarring impact.
Its much easier to do some of the crazier tricks here where you dont have to worry about some other psycho rider knocking you off of your ride!
I especially enjoy the assorted tricks you can perform in the air, but the controls needed to successfuly execute those moves seem to be a little hit-or-miss. [Mar 2003, p.85]
Particularly so if you can live with the sloppy stunt controls, the game provides a balanced and generally enjoyable experience.
Despite its overall graphic luster and enjoyable gameplay, QPR2 is relatively short on variety, and, as such, woefully short on shelf life, particularly for enthusiasts in possession of "ATV: Offroad Fury 2" for the PS2.
The first play through is genuinely enjoyable and the two-player option just about as good as it gets. Given the number of bikes on the track it's a shame that a four-player option wasn't included.
Despite its similarities to other extreme-type racers, it offers enough of a difference in physics and control to provide a fresh experience.
The career is extremely short and can be beaten quickly.
If you own multiple consoles - although the game is solid across all three platforms - the Xbox game takes the prize, with eight competitors to the GC and PS2's six, along with a four-player mode compared to the other consoles' two. [Mar 2003, p.64]
It's a good game, but since you can blow through it so quickly you may want to give it a rent instead of buying it.
Gamer purists may feel a lack of variety in the essential gameplay.
It has the Sega-esque quality of being able to take it off the shelf a few months down the road and still have fun with it.
Although the game doesn't have the intangibles that put "Freekstyle" over the edge, it's still a wild ride. [May 2003, p.139]
ATV: Quad Power Racing 2 is to "ATV Offroad Fury 2," as peas and carrots are to filet of Wild Virginia Bass with melted Savoy cabbage and Spanish caper emulsion.
What developer Climax has produced here is a simple, accessible racing game with modest goals that it, for the most part, accomplishes.
In terms of performance, the game fares better than the PS2 version, with a fairly consistent frame rate that conveys a decent sense of speed. The game occasionally slows down, but only when the screen is overpopulated with racers.
The novelty of kicking your friends from their bike in the heat of a race won't last forever, so once that aspect of the fun wears off so does any urge to hunker down to a night of ATV Quad Power Racing 2.
The average user rating for this game is 10.0 (out of 10) based on 2 User Votes
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