Big Mutha Truckers 2

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Big Mutha Truckers 2
Big Mutha Truckers 2.jpg
PC version cover art
Developer(s) Empire Interactive
Publisher(s) THQ
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, Xbox, PC
Release
  • EU: June 24, 2005
  • NA: August 23, 2005
  • NA: August 26, 2005 (PC)
  • EU: August 26, 2005 (PC)
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single player

Big Mutha Truckers 2 (released in Europe as Big Mutha Truckers 2: Truck Me Harder) is the sequel to the video game Big Mutha Truckers. Unlike its predecessor, the game was cancelled for the Nintendo GameCube.

Outline[edit]

Big Mutha Truckers 2 begins with Ma Jackson, the proprietor of Big Mutha Truckers Haulage, being taken into police custody for tax evasion. The only way she can win her case is by hiring Cousin Jacob, the most "fancy-talkin' legal fella" this side of Booger's Canyon. It's up to you to raise the cash needed to bribe jurors to let Ma off by trucking, trading, wheeling and dealing.

The go-anywhere, any-time philosophy that was utilized in the original Big Mutha Truckers is expanded for Big Mutha Truckers 2 with additional routes, hidden shortcuts, and the ability to drive numerous vehicles. In addition, the trading process has been extremely streamlined, with more focus on the on-road action. Also instead of just law enforcers & motorcycle gangs, (like in the previous installment) you also have UFOs which are after your load if you're not careful during your transporting. But as a difference from the first game, this one uses Free's "All Right Now" instead of Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild" for its theme song.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
PC PS2 Xbox
Edge 4/10[1] 4/10[1] 4/10[1]
Eurogamer N/A 6/10[2] N/A
Game Informer N/A 6.75/10[3] 6.75/10[3]
GameSpot N/A 4.8/10[4] 4.8/10[4]
GameSpy 2/5 stars[5] N/A N/A
GameZone N/A 5.2/10[6] 5.6/10[7]
IGN 5.5/10[8] 5.5/10[8] 5.5/10[8]
OPM (US) N/A 3/5 stars[9] N/A
OXM (US) N/A N/A 4.1/10[10]
PC Gamer (US) 46%[11] N/A N/A
Detroit Free Press N/A N/A 2/4 stars[12]
The Times 2/5 stars[13] 2/5 stars[13] 2/5 stars[13]
Aggregate score
Metacritic 44/100[14] 51/100[15] 50/100[16]

The PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions of Big Mutha Truckers 2 received "mixed" reviews, while the PC version received "unfavorable" reviews according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[14][15][16]

Detroit Free Press gave the Xbox version a score of two stars out of four and stated: "The action is respectable when you're on the road with your 18-wheeler, dodging UFO invaders, smacking sinister bikers with your trailer and outrunning the cops, but the bare-bones production value is clear when you visit towns. You go to stores and bars to buy upgrades, meet people and find your next load to haul."[12] The Sydney Morning Herald gave the PS2 version a score of two-and-a-half stars out of five and said, "Causing havoc behind the wheel of a big rig is fun but the novelty quickly wanes and the unsubtle gags often fail to amuse, especially when they are endlessly repeated."[17] The Times gave the game two stars out of five and said that "The fact that the graphics are so impressive, and the road maps so brilliantly extensive, only adds to the disappointment of the overall experience."[13] Maxim gave it a score of two out of ten and stated that "it ain't nuthin' we ain't seen before. When not running from the cops a la "Driver," you're making deliveries like in "Crazy Taxi"—both of which would be a lot more fun if your rig wasn't slow and sluggish like Eminem with his medicine."[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Edge staff (September 2005). "Big Mutha Truckers 2: Truck Me Harder". Edge (153): 99. 
  2. ^ Brotherson, Corey (July 7, 2005). "Big Mutha Truckers 2: Truck Me Harder (PS2)". Eurogamer. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Helgeson, Matt (October 2005). "Big Mutha Truckers 2 (PS2, Xbox)". Game Informer (150): 128. Archived from the original on December 3, 2008. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Navarro, Alex (August 30, 2005). "Big Mutha Truckers 2 Review (PS2, Xbox)". GameSpot. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ Osborne, Scott (November 4, 2005). "GameSpy: Big Mutha Truckers 2 (PC)". GameSpy. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ Valentino, Nick (September 5, 2005). "Big Mutha Truckers 2 - PS2 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 4, 2008. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  7. ^ Romano, Natalie (September 5, 2005). "Big Mutha Truckers 2 - XB - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on February 29, 2008. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c Perry, Douglass C. (August 24, 2005). "Big Mutha Truckers 2: Truck Me Harder". IGN. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Big Mutha Truckers 2". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 118. November 2005. 
  10. ^ "Big Mutha Truckers 2". Official Xbox Magazine: 112. December 2005. 
  11. ^ "Big Mutha Truckers 2". PC Gamer: 110. January 2006. 
  12. ^ a b Schaefer, Jim (September 11, 2005). "ON THE DOWNGRADE: Trucking sequel never gets out of second gear". Detroit Free Press. Archived from the original on September 17, 2005. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b c d Kendall, Nigel (July 23, 2005). "Big Mutha Truckers 2: Truck Me Harder". The Times. Archived from the original on September 29, 2006. Retrieved September 1, 2014. (subscription required)
  14. ^ a b "Big Mutha Truckers 2 for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  15. ^ a b "Big Mutha Truckers 2 for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "Big Mutha Truckers 2 for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  17. ^ Hill, Jason (July 28, 2005). "Good, bad and ugly". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  18. ^ Semel, Paul (August 23, 2005). "Big Mutha Truckers 2". Maxim. Archived from the original on September 5, 2014. Retrieved October 22, 2014. 

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