Spy Hunter 2
|a game by||Midway, and Rockstar San Diego|
|Platforms:||XBox, GameCube, Playstation 2|
|Editor Rating:||7/10, based on 4 reviews|
|User Rating:||8.7/10 - 3 votes|
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|See also:||Racing Games|
Let's say, hypothetically, that it's always been a private dream of mine to pilot a car that turns into a snowmobile that turns into a tricycle. Spy Hunter 2 fulfilled that dream I never actually had, and then, like a wish-granting evil genie, made it horrible. Yes, you do indeed drive a supertransforming car that would make a good love interest for Knight Rider's K.I.T.T., and you do hunt spies, technically. But now that I know that all spy hunting really entails is driving around drab, boring levels, shooting anything that moves, and restarting yet again until you figure out just what it is you're supposed to accomplish, I'm no longer interested in it as a career. Even versus mode isn't very enjoyable, since there's no four-player support and deathmatch is the only option. Two-play-er co-op mode (the gunner controls a roof-mounted turret) is the best part, but that's relative--it's still not actually good. Leave the spies to their own amazingly miniaturized devices, I say. They ain't worth huntin'.
Equipped to ride through wilderness, over water, and on two wheels, the 6-8155 Interceptor seems like the ultimate spy utility vehicle. Shaking chasers with smoke screens and oil slicks is satisfying, and the game's responsive controls compensate for lusterless graphics. But, same as any SUV restricted to the beaten path, unbending laws curb this supercar's potential. Without the ability to transform when you want, Spy Hunter 2's confining missions are just too monotonous.
Whereas Midway's original reinvention of its classic '80s franchise blew me away, Spy Hunter 2 disappoints big time. Though still basically fun and boasting impressively responsive controls, it does nothing to move the series forward and somehow manages to turn the last one's breakneck gameplay into a ho-hum action game. It's still worth a rental, but be prepared for the appallingly inconsistent difficulty (from incredibly easy to so hard you never want to play again).
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Crank the famous theme music and hit the road in your trademark sleek white sports car. The Nostra corporation's forces are back at it again, but your supercar's arsenal can fix that quick-fast in a hurry. More bitchin' than any Camaro, the Interceptor bristles with machine guns and missiles, plus the fan-favorites oil slicks and smoke screens. It can even turn into a speedboat or motorcycle, for getting to those hard-to-reach terrorists.
Spy Hunter 2 features upgradable weapons (plus new ones, like mines), arena-style boss battles, and multiple ways to complete objectives: You can lower a bridge by finding its power source and destroying the drawbridge mechanism, or just skip it and approach in boat form. The game's improved multiplayer comes in versus and cooperative flavors (where one player drives while the other handles the enemy blasting). Buckle up!
For those who enjoy James Bond movies only for the cool gadgets, Spyhunter 2 will put you into one that even 007 couldn't pass up. This latest Spyhunter once again focuses on battling your enemies using the G-8155 Interceptor with enough firepower to take out entire armies. Similar to the last Spyhunter, there have been a number of tweaks and minor improvements that make it at least as entertaining as the last release, just not as fresh.
Spyhunter 2 follows a common spy theme about averting world domination by foiling some super-villain's evil plans in addition to the mysterious female vital to any spy story. The gameplay is straightforward as you'll drive the Interceptor in various environments including water, offroad, and through snow, blasting enemies that get in the way of achieving your objectives. That generally sums up the majority of the game structure which can get dry but there are a few features included to mix things up. There are numerous new weapons to pick up for instance which can be customized on the Interceptor and other features like bosses that are also included to keep you on your toes.
Spyhunter 2 isn't ground breaking but does a good job executing the basics. The controls for instance are easy to use and the AI is good enough to keep the enemies from being sitting ducks but not impossible to destroy. The graphics and audio also give a mostly solid performance with great visual explosions and sound effects but lacking the overall polish other games have achieved. Issues like poor textures make a large difference in game quality especially for first and third person shooters and Spyhunter 2 misses the mark a number of times.
If you enjoyed Spyhunter, this is more of the same bringing back the majority of the gameplay and not offering much new. That's not to say it's not worth playing, as it's a well balanced game that fans of 007 or third person shooters will enjoy and won't be satisfied by a rental.
How can driving a souped-up spy car loaded with tons of weapons and the ability to transform from car to boat to 4-wheeler be anything but fun? When it's Spy Hunter 2 and the vehicles all handle like hippos wallowing in mud. It is just so disappointing that this game isn't a lot more fun that it is.
The graphics are fairly nice and the game gives off a satisfying thud every time you blow up a building or car with your G-8155, but the underlying coolness of this game is hamstringed by a series of flaws integral to game play.
Spy Hunter 2 is a 3D third person version of the original Spy Hunter, placing you in a super car that comes equipped with five types of front firing weapons and three rear firing auxiliary weapons. The car itself can transform from a sleek sports car to a jet ski, snow ski, off-roader, boat or motorcycle. It's a pretty cool ride but unfortunately the game isn't.
The biggest problem is that the G-8155 handles fine on open roads and through the occasional hairpin turn, but when you start to get into close quarters handling goes out the window. You'll find yourself driving up walls and getting pinned against flat walls because the vehicle just won't turn, even while rolling or coasting forward at a crawl.
The button layout, which is not configurable, is also a problem. You can choose to use the right thumb stick or two buttons to control acceleration and braking. The thumb stick is much more natural, but then to kick in your turbo you have to jam the stick forward twice in quick succession. Worse is the fact you have to use the x button for the rear firing weapons, which means you'll likely have to let up the gas to do it. It's not a good control scheme overall.
The game is filled with about 20 levels which unfortunately are all fairly short. In a way this is a good thing because there are no in-mission saves, which means when you blow up, and you will, you have to start over from the mission beginning ' a tedious prospect.
The multiplayer options are a little limited, giving you a choice between head-to-head in a handful of maps or allowing a second player to control a turret on the car as you complete game missions. Spy Hunter 2 is a bit of a let down, promising a game filled with car transforming fun but delivering something more annoying than enjoyable to play.