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Reviewed: Motocross Madness 2
Author: Chris Kim       Date: August 3rd, 2000
Page: 4


 
Final Breakdown

Gameplay:

With so many different ways to play and the variation between all of the modes, this is easily one of the most fun and entertaining racing titles on the market. Take your hard stunting skills to the stunt event, bring your motocross skills to the enduro race, whatever you choose to play, it will sure to be fun. Combine the excellent track design and entertaining ways to play, Motocross Madness 2 is a winner.

Graphics:

Easily some of the most impressive graphics seen in a racing game. They compete at the same level as another graphically intense racing game, Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed. Textures are approaching photorealism, and this game has the first edge on it with some of the most convincing looking textures and objects in the game. Combine excellent models and animations for other objects, it tops of the excellent graphics package.

Sound and Music:

There aren't a whole lot of sound effects, but those that exist are well done. Engine sounds will fill the air mostly, but those aren't too loud or overbearing. Collision and breaking sounds are more frequent with a fairly high sample rate that makes the sounds very good. One mistake (or maybe just overlooked) is the lack of music, just like in the original game. Although it does make the game seem more realistic without it.

Multiplayer:

It contains a very fun multiplayer game that is very similar to the single player game. All the main events are here and players can hook up from anywhere in the world. The Zone is the match making service for the game so finding one shouldn't be too difficult. It adds to the enjoyment factor by adding new challenges from opposing players around the world.

AI and Difficulty:

Solid difficulty settings enhance the fun factor and enjoyment for players of all skill levels. Everyone from novices to experts can jump right into the game without feeling too left out or way ahead of the computer AI. Each AI unit is well designed and races according to their levels, the only area lacking is the scalability: AI units don't really improve or get worse as the game progresses.

Controls and Interface:

Top notch interface and control scheme is offered in this game. The menu overlays when playing the game itself are informative without blocking any of the screen. Control is excellent and is very responsive, appropriate, and easy to use. This is of course with the Sidewinder Gamepad, but using any other gamepad device should work just as well.

Overall:

This is easily the best motocross game since... well, the original game! The improvements and additions in the sequel make it worth purchasing even if you've gotten sick and tired of the original game because of the different direction the game went in terms of game design. The new enduro mode is excellent and the existing modes have been enhanced and are much more fun to play, toss in lots of new tracks and bikes, the game is one of the best out there. To top the icing on the cake, the modified graphics engine is spectacular.

Glide Underground Editors Choice Award
Pluses (+)
  • Enduro Mode Rocks
  • Lots of New Tracks/Bikes
  • Excellent Graphics
  • Great Interface
  • Minuses (-)
  • No Music
  • Non-Scaling AI
  • Might Be Too "Arcade" for Some
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    Added:  Thursday, August 03, 2000
    Reviewer:  Chris Kim
    Score:
    Page: 4/5

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