gamers will be used to fast-paced arcade racing rather than
the PC's tendency to bog players down in all sorts of racing
technicalities… or at least that's what the console "fan boy's"
would have you think. Plenty of inter-platform rivalries abound
in pre-race chat rooms with PC and Mac users no doubt berating
their fellow "unsophisticated" Dreamcast gamers for lack of
keyboard (even though a DC keyboard is available) and the Dreamcast
gamers slagging off their fellow "snobbish" PC gamers for arguing
about system specs (but then again 4x4 Evo will run on a P166
and 3D Card, allegedly).
Road Ahead Track locations are varied and you can expect to
be cruising through the hot climes of Arizona, the freezing
plains of the Arctic and for the home sick, closer to home locations.
Dirt tracks that cross over in the middle are also in the mix,
the one in the beta proving most interesting with those lagging
behind and those ahead in the race crashing spectacularly, sending
trucks flying causing general mayhem and destruction, which
left others to happily trundle on by and win the race.
will be 16 tracks in total with possibly a couple more making
it before going gold. All tracks have their own difficulty setting,
recognisable design and each has its own unique music score
to go along with it. All map locations previously mentioned
will appear in PC, Mac and Dreamcast versions and will be interesting
to see how gamers on different platforms approach the track
with their form of control.
the tracks themselves is paramount to your success in races,
we're not just talking about knowing where to brake on the corners
or where the best place to take over is; 4x4 Evo puts a new
slant on things, it is possible to drive almost anywhere you
like to finish the race, alternate roads, hills, pathways and
even train tracks present themselves for your reckless driving
antics, but of course there is a catch. In each course you have
to go through checkpoints, these are in place so the race is
actually kept going in the same direction and players don't
cut across to the finish!
Evo is a fresh new gaming experience that will hopefully inspire
other developers to take new steps in the genres they specialise
in. This is worth waiting for and fortunately, the wait will
not be long. An end of year release is planned and the 4th quarter
of 2000 is approaching. 4x4 Evo's popularity in the beta should
give some idea of how successful the final boxed version should
be, which is very.
4x4 Evolution has just gone gold, main production is underway
and it should start appearing on shop shelves very soon.
Release Date: Fall 2000
Chris "Archaon" Wagg