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Screamer peels out on the PC with speedy arcade-style racing. Choose from six sweet cars, including Porsches, Ferraris, and Lamborghi-nis, and bump fenders with nine other drivers on six tracks. Snazzy SVGA graphics and thrash-metal tunes maintain the high-octane pace.
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Hot on the tailpipe ot last year's successful first game. Screamer 2 hauls across the starting line with a trunk full of cool upgrades. From behind the wheel of four new cars, you screech across six new tracks that range from South American jungles to the streets of San Francisco. Before the flag drops, you choose two-wheel or four-wheel drive and optimize your suspension, tire pressure, body style, and transmission to fit race conditions. Other smokin' additions include variable weather, two-player split-screen action, four-player network play, and a new 3D engine that provides better graphics, speedier play, and a more realistic 3D feel.
Screamer 2 screeches onto the PC with the kind of addictive fender-bashing found in console titles like Daytona. But here's the catch: To get both decent graphics and speed on this track, you really need something in the Pentium 166 range.
This day at the track begins by choosing from 16 cars and three courses--with three additional tracks opening up as you progress through the championships. To win, racers need to tune their cars to suit each of the track's conditions, customizing details like suspension and tire pressure.
The impressive 3D graphics portray well-detailed tracks and realistically moving cars. The flat audio, however, fizzles with tame music and repetitive sound effects.
Screamer 2 gets off to a nice start, but performance issues drag it to a grinding halt. Unless your system ranks in the upper Pentium echelons, you're stuck in lo-res mode, where blocky mounds of pixels somehow represent opposing drivers. Even if you risk hi-res on a Pentium 90, you'll feel like you're watching a slide show.
However, when it's rockin' on a high-end rig, Screamer 2's gameplay will glue racing buffs to the screen. It's raucous arcade action all the way as you ram opponents, set up power skids, and so on. The controls provide a nice feel for the different handling of each set-up, but the tricky steering definitely requires practice.
If you've got the power, Screamer 2's got breakneck racing action. It's too bad all those gamers with medium-level hardware are left eating dust.
- The Horizon car Is the best choice for beginners as its great cornering requires little power skidding.
- Pass opponents on turns by taking the Inside line and skidding out.
- The key to tight handling is beginning to steer and countersteer just before and after the turn.