4x4 Evo 2
Windows - 2001
Description of 4x4 Evo 2
You just bought a brand new SUV, and your whole world just got brighter. That red paint is so shining it makes people squint. Local gas stations have already started ordering extra shipments of high-octane. Other drivers smile in warm appreciation, knowing you are the harbinger of safety and a well-proportioned steering axis. Even your friends think you're cool. Life is good. Time to break this little bronco and get dirty!
At least, if you're playing 4x4 Evo 2, that is.
That's right - equipped with the knowledge that everyone loves the idea of spending $50,000 on a Toyota 4-Runner just to crash the thing through heavily wooded landscapes, God Games has created a sequel to its addictive racer for people who like fast action, rock and roll soundtracks, and burning a little rubber through God's country. New graphics and racing modes help put you in the seat of 70 real-life vehicles, but the real fun in this somewhat average racing sim is the new, entertaining mission structure.
Nowadays, a racing game has to have all the best graphics, the most accurate depiction of real-world locations, and perfectly re-created vehicles. Unfortunately, 4X4 Evo 2 has none of these things. In fact, in comparison to the reigning king of all racing games (Gran Turismo 3 on Playstation 2 most would argue), this one comes up a little short. Driving feels more like riding on a sheet of plywood - one that doesn't steer very well, which was also true in the original. Acceleration is just the brief moment between fully stopped and full speed. There's a lot of bumping, a lot of grinding, and not much of anything else.
Test Drive: Off-Road Wide Open from Infogrames does a much better job of depicting the off-road sensation. There are times when you really feel like your monster vehicle is a monster, and acceleration has a hurling, dynamic nature. Evo 2 vehicles just lack power. There's no sense of speed or vehicle control. And, all the trucks drive about the same, although the Jeep Wrangler does seem sportier. For those looking for a real-world racer, hungry for that adrenaline rush of racing, speed right past this one because you won't find much accuracy or adrenaline.
What you will find is some loud music and lots of stuff to do and see. The new graphics are actually fairly mediocre. Not bad, not amazing. Interesting that the game requires a high-end system, with fairly flat graphics. The reasons the game runs slow are also what makes this one worth looking into. During just about any race, there's a wide assortment of structures and objects all over the place -- way more than the original. You might find yourself racing through a junkyard with old tires and gates scattered everywhere, through a military base with chain link fences blocking your path, or across a busy highway with semi-trucks coming right at you. In this way, the game has a lot in common with Microsoft's Motocross Madnessseries. Both games offer a huge number of objects and structures throughout the game environment. This is what makes Evo 2 fun to play, but also incredibly distracting if you're a serious racing fan.
The other great feature is a completely unexpected mission structure. There's the requisite career mode where you can buy a vehicle, race at the amateur level and slowly accumulate enough money to buy a better truck (or upgrade the one you own) and compete at higher levels. Races get difficult quick, but even if you place last, you still get some chump change.
It's compelling in some ways, although just about every new simulator has a career mode; Evo 2, however, provides a completely different way to raise funds that sets it apart from other racing games. Tucked away in the career mode, these missions range from some tricky obstacle courses to the even more varied objective-based missions. You can hunt for an ancient city, provide search and rescue in Alaska, discover a downed plane in the Grand Canyon, bring documents to a radio station on a secret island, and generally forget all about racing.
These are some truly massive maps -- 32 in all. Road getting a little bumpy for you? Invest in the perfect set of shock absorbers and then tackle the mission again. Evo 2 offers 90 different manufacturer-authorized parts to choose from. Most maps have secret areas to explore, and rewards that are quite helpful for finally being able to buy that Nissan you've always wanted. You can even give her a good tune up and a carwash.
Missions will probably keep you coming back for more, but other areas in the game are not as impressive. Gamespy-enabled multiplayer is just more of the same on the single-player races, only choppier unless you have a broadband connection. A free roam mode is sort of a throwaway considering the missions are much more interesting.
Some of the technical aspects have been improved from the previous version. A collision detection system means you will get frequently trapped next to large boulders, which makes sense because you shouldn't be driving that close to them anyway. Is it the collision detection of a game like Midtown Madness that gave you some extra (and more enjoyable) freedom? No. It also doesn't compare to something like Mechwarrior 4 which actually slowed your mech down at varying speeds depending on the size of the object you're running into (or over). In Evo, you can hit a tree or a wall and feel the same SLAM effect. Each car either drives sporty, medium, or large and lumbering without much variation.
Evo 2 has all the arcade tricks you would ever want, but sacrifices realism and the rush of racing for a smattering of things to do and see. If you're trying to decide between Test Drive: Off-Road and this game, choose the former for a better racing experience but choose Evo for its wildly inventive courses and creative object-based missions. There's no better place to beat up a brand new SUV.
Review By GamesDomain
Comments and reviews
EmulationNation 2020-11-04 2 points
Tested on Windows 10 with both Intel and Nvidia GPU ok. Note that the initially loading and configuration screens are very slow, but once in-game its all fine. Also its best to change to OpenGL
GITPLFH 2020-10-23 1 point
I played the original 4x4 evo 20 years ago. Now its time to play part 2!
cash 2019-03-07 -1 point
i finished the download, and i was unable to install. am using windows Vista
-FuzzyFish- 2018-10-17 7 points
For those having issues with game saves on Windows Vista and up. This game can not be installed to it's default directory (C:\Program Files (x86)\...) you must install it in another file, and make sure that the metal.ini file is not set to read-only. Otherwise save games will be deleted on exit.
For the Jeep 4x4 Evo 2 Demo, there is a copy of that on 4x4evolution.com
If you are trying to use the original ISO you will need to use a 16-bit compatible Windows OS to install it. Then copy the files over.
FMC 2018-08-15 0 point
Depois do download, como posso correr o jogo? Em principio não existe nada para isso… peço ajuda...
Ronaldo 2018-05-04 1 point
Funciona no Windows 10 (testei apenas o primeiro nível, usando openGL).
It works on Windows 10 (I tested only the first level, using openGL).
blaster 2018-03-22 1 point
I also have the problem that my save progress gets deleted when i close and restart the game
loljefff 2018-01-07 0 point
When I restart the game my career gets deleted :(. Don't suppose anyone has a fix for this?
You_Dont_Need_My_Real_Name 2017-12-28 -4 points
how do I open it once it's been downloaded? I have windows 7
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