4x4 Evolution

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4x4 EVO
4x4 Evolution box art, Dreamcast version
North American Dreamcast cover art
Developer(s) Terminal Reality
Publisher(s) Gathering of Developers
Platform(s) Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Macintosh, Windows
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Distribution DVD, CD-ROM, GD-ROM

4x4 Evolution (also known as 4x4 EVO, codenamed Metal Crush 3) is a video game developed by Terminal Reality for the Windows, Macintosh, PlayStation 2 and Dreamcast platforms. It is one of the first console games to have cross-platform online play where Dreamcast, Macintosh and PC versions of the game appear online at the same time. The game can use maps created by users to download onto a hard drive, as well as a Dreamcast VMU. All versions of the game are similar in quality and gameplay, although the online systems feature a mode to customize the players' own truck and use it online. The game is still online-capable on all systems except for PlayStation 2.

Gameplay[edit]

Gameplay features off-road racing of over 70 licensed truck manufacturers. Modes featured in the game were a Career Mode, Online Mode, Map editor and versus mode. The career mode is the most important part of the game to feature a way to buy better trucks similar to the Gran Turismo series. The Career mode also gives the player 6 purpose built race vehicles: Chevrolet TrailBlaizer Race SUV 2WD, Dodge Dakota Race Truck 4WD, Ford F-150 Race Truck 2WD, Mitsubishi Pajero Rally 4WD, Nissan Xterra Race SUV 4WD, and the Toyota Tundra Race Truck 2WD. They cost anywhere from $350,000 up to $850,000. These are the fastest vehicles in the game. Recently, KC Vale acquired permission from Terminal Reality Incorporated to upload the game to his web server; however, the original vehicles have been removed due to an expired license.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (DC) 78.15%[1]
(PC) 75%[2]
(PS2) 64.80%[3]
Metacritic (DC) 74/100[4]
(PC) 73/100[5]
(PS2) 64/100[6]
Review scores
Publication Score
AllGame 2/5 stars[7]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (DC) 6/10[8]
(PS2) 5.5/10[9]
Eurogamer 8/10[10]
GameFan 92%[11]
Game Informer (DC) 8.75/10[12]
(PS2) 8/10[13]
GamePro 4/5 stars[14][15]
(PC) 3/5 stars[16]
GameSpot (PC) 8.4/10[17]
(DC) 8.1/10[18]
(PS2) 7.2/10[19]
GameSpy 75%[20]
GameZone 8.5/10[21]
IGN (PC) 8.2/10[22]
(DC) 7.5/10[23]
(PS2) 5/10[24]
Official PlayStation Magazine (US) 4/5 stars[25]
PC Gamer US 78%[26]
Maxim 6/10[27]

The game was met with positive to mixed reception. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 78.15% and 74 out of 100 for the Dreamcast version;[1][4] 75% and 73 out of 100 for the PC version;[2][5] and 64.80% and 64 out of 100 for the PlayStation 2 version.[3][6]

Sequel[edit]

4x4 EVO 2 was later released on Windows, Macintosh, Xbox, GameCube, and PlayStation 2. It features larger maps, denser terrain, and free-roaming environments.

References[edit]

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  5. ^ a b "4x4 Evolution for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "4x4 Evolution for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
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  9. ^ "4x4 Evolution (PS2)". Electronic Gaming Monthly. 2001. 
  10. ^ Bramwell, Tom (November 15, 2000). "4x4 Evolution (PC)". Eurogamer. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  11. ^ "REVIEW for 4x4 Evolution (DC)". GameFan. November 3, 2000. 
  12. ^ Brogger, Kristian (December 2000). "4x4 Evolution (DC)". Game Informer (92): 126. 
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  14. ^ Jake The Snake (January 8, 2001). "4x4 Evolution Review for Dreamcast on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 4, 2005. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  15. ^ Dan Elektro (April 5, 2001). "4x4 Evolution Review for PS2 on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 12, 2005. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  16. ^ Wight, Brian (November 6, 2000). "4x4 Evolution Review for PC on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 12, 2005. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  17. ^ Poole, Stephen (October 26, 2000). "4x4 Evolution Review (PC)". GameSpot. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  18. ^ Satterfield, Shane (November 8, 2000). "4x4 Evolution Review (DC)". GameSpot. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  19. ^ Satterfield, Shane (March 9, 2001). "4x4 Evolution Review (PS2)". GameSpot. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  20. ^ Data, Julian (November 15, 2000). "4x4 Evolution (PC)". SportPlanet. Archived from the original on June 5, 2004. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  21. ^ Lafferty, Michael (October 26, 2000). "4x4 EVO Review - PC". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 4, 2008. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  22. ^ Adams, Dan (November 13, 2000). "4x4 Evolution (PC)". IGN. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  23. ^ Chau, Anthony (October 31, 2000). "4x4 Evolution (DC)". IGN. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  24. ^ Perry, Douglass C. (March 20, 2001). "4x4 Evolution (PS2)". IGN. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  25. ^ "4x4 Evolution". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. 2001. 
  26. ^ "4x4 Evolution". PC Gamer: 126. January 2001. 
  27. ^ Boyce, Ryan (March 29, 2001). "4 X 4 Evolution (PS2)". Maxim. Archived from the original on April 17, 2001. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 

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