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Written by Shigamoto   
Thursday, 28 April 2005
The sequel to the very successful racing game Moto Racer is reviewed. Now the game has more features than ever, but is it still as fun as the original? Read our review to find out.

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Moto Racer is one of the better motorcycle racing games out there. In 1998 Electronic Arts released Moto Racer 2 (in cooperation with Yamaha). Now the player would get over 32 tracks with five different themes, 4 different championships, weather effects and a track editor.

All those features would keep any fan happy, wouldn’t they? Well if it was all about the features it wouldn’t be hard to develop computer games. The 32 tracks are basically five but with different twists and turns, so you won’t see much new scenery when you play. I really like some of the tracks, especially the ones set in England. But there are a couple of real hateful tracks as well, for example the ones set in the desert. For some strange reason there are walls of sand along the track. Every time you try to take a shortcut you end up hitting the walls, this can be hard on your nerves in the long run.

A point with the Moto Racer series was that you could both ride road bikes and dirt bikes. In Moto Racer 2 the developers have really added some realism in the bikes that wasn’t there before. They now claim that the bikes are handling very realistically, which might be true. However the realism is added at the expense of the fun-factor. Moto Racer 2 isn’t as fun as the original game, just because of the added “realism”.

The controls are too fast to respond but the feeling of speed is still there. As the bike reach high speeds it will be harder to control the bike, so you usually end up in a ditch somewhere thanks to the quirky controls.

One might figure that the developers knew about this and split the game in two modes, arcade and simulation. There is not much difference between the modes, except that you fall easier in the simulation mode.

Graphically the game has really been improved. 3Dfx support has been added and it sure looks better than the previous game. The game also looks good in Direct 3D, and with a modern graphics card the game actually looks better in Direct 3D than in 3Dfx mode.

The new weather effects that has been added is pretty cool. Now you can ride in snow, rain, fog and also at night. All the new weather features has done the game a lot more dynamic. But then again there were no weather conditions at all in Moto Racer, and that game was fun anyway.

Moto Racer 2 is not as good experience as the original game. However it has a longer life span thanks to the level editors and many different modes presented in the game. The game lack simple plain and fun racing, unfourtantly. It’s still not a bad racing game, but there are better out there.

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Developer: Delphine Software International
Related Websites: N/A
Publisher: Electronic Arts
O/S: Windows 95/98/ME
Cost of Full Game: N/A
Year of Release: 1998


Requirements:
Pentium 166 MHz, 16 MB RAM, 2 MB VRAM
Tested on:
Pentium 2 333 MHz, 64 MB RAM

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