Game Review - by Jeremiah Pratt
Sequels, Sequels, Sequels, you might be thinking has Microsoft found the same ingredients of success as EA? That they have while we're still getting over MTM. Microsoft releases Monster Truck Madness 2. And oh man this one is a dosey.
With the addition of 11 new tracks and 4 new trucks. MTM2 slaps you upside the head with hardcore arcade racing. Including a WCW license featuring trucks by Hulk Hogan, Brett "the Hitman" Hart, Sting, and the Outsiders. You can tell the designers took their time making MTM2. There are plenty of goodies to keep you happy, including weather effects, dynamic scenery, and car damage.
Unfortunately, the features are not that entrenched in MTM2. For all the stuff Microsoft has done to the game. There's just a rally race, single race, and multi-rumble. I'm not sure why they excluded the drag racing feature from MTM. But that's a minor disappointment I'll get over it.
MTM2's graphics are sweet, driven by Microsoft's new 3d engine. 3dfx users will be treated with detailed surroundings, mud entrenched tracks, wicked fog, better lens flares, and nasty nighttime driving. My favorite is when it is pitch black, its thunder storming out. And someone messes up your headlights. You're now racing with a crooked light, flashing somewhere other than the road up front. There still is hope for non-3dfx users. The game performs topnotch with Direct 3d.
The sounds are plenty full, you'll enjoy the clashing of metal, and screeching tires. Sound of the large thud when you run into a barn. While the soundtrack keeps you pumped and ripped for racing. One of my favorites is the graveyard. With Erie ghosts calls, and a wicked organ orchestra.
If that's not enough for you, take your badself to the Internet Gaming Zone. And get it on Multistyle, via modem or LAN. Multiplayer is big time fun, you hear of king of the hill? Well try that with 7 other monster trucks. You now have a new meaning to the word natural disaster.
This is a great game with all the tools, excellent graphics, WCW license, rocking sound track, and addicting multi action. But nothing compares to being able to go anywhere you want. Absolute Freedom to take shortcuts and locate secret passages. But don't forget to make the checkpoints. Miss checkpoints bad, make checkpoints via shortcut good. All in all MTM2 delivers with authority, check it out.