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]

GameSpot said for the PC version, "While 4x4 Evolution opts for fun over realism, it's a trade-off that you'll probably appreciate as soon as you take the game for a spin." 4x4 Evolution also got a score of 8.4 by GameSpot. IGN said for the PlayStation 2 version, "GOD's first PS2 racer, despite improvements from the Dreamcast version, still misses the mark." 4x4 Evolution also got a score of 5.0 by IGN.

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.

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