Rampage 2: Universal Tour

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Rampage 2: Universal Tour
Nintendo 64 cover art
North American Nintendo 64 cover art
Developer(s) Avalanche Software
Publisher(s) Midway
Platform(s) Nintendo 64, PlayStation, Game Boy Color
Release PlayStation
  • NA: March 31, 1999
  • EU: 1999
Nintendo 64
  • NA: March 1999
  • EU: May 21, 1999
Game Boy Color
  • NA: November 1999
  • EU: 1999
Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Rampage 2: Universal Tour (also known as Rampage: Universal Tour) is the third game in the Rampage series. It is a direct sequel to Rampage: World Tour.

Plot[edit]

George, Lizzie, and Ralph have been captured, returned to their normal size, and confined for the world to see. George is held captive in New York City, Lizzie is imprisoned in Tokyo, and Ralph the Wolf is stored in London (references to King Kong, Godzilla, and Werewolf of London). However, Scumlabs, who has just rebuilt their facilities in Salt Lake City, causes another accident that results in three new monsters: Boris (a rhinoceros monster), Curtis (a mouse monster), and Ruby (a lobster monster). Players choose one of the three original monsters to rescue. The player then uses the characters in the part of the world where the rescuee is held. They work as a collective to break buildings, eat people, and destroy cars and this creates competition among players. When a player frees George, Lizzie, or Ralph, then they become playable characters. Once all the monsters are rescued, aliens begin to invade the Earth leaving the monsters the only ones who can save the planet that they just helped partially destroy. After fending off the invasion on Earth, the monsters rescue Myukus (a green cyclops-like alien) from Area 51, who joins them before chasing the aliens through space, destroying the aliens' bases throughout the Solar System and eventually rampaging through their home-world and destroying their capital.

A news channel covers all the destruction caused by the monsters. At the end of the game, it is revealed that the aliens have a news program, but the alien anchorman who runs the program is eaten by Myukus.

Gameplay[edit]

Each level in Rampage 2: Universal Tour consists of buildings which the player is able to destroy. When the player has dealt enough damage to a building, it will collapse in on itself. Sometimes, miscellaneous objects and power-ups are revealed in the buildings upon being damaged, and can assist the player if used. When every building in a city has been destroyed, the game will advance to the next level. Around every five or so levels, a mini-game is available for the player to play, and doing so can award the player with extra lives, health, and/or special powers.

Some of the cities that are featured in each level include landmarks from their real-world counterparts. For example, London, UK, features the Tower of London, and Big Ben, both of which can be destroyed. In Washington, D.C., the White House, and the U.S. Capitol can be destroyed; in New York City, New York, the Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, and the World Trade Center can be destroyed as well, the game having been released before the September 11 attacks of 2001; and in Chicago, Illinois, the Sears Tower, now known as the Willis Tower, can be destroyed as well. Many of the fake alien planets are named after real-life Earth cities.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
GBC N64 PS
AllGame 3.5/5 stars[1] N/A 1.5/5 stars[2]
EGM N/A 4.12/10[3] 4.12/10[3]
Game Informer N/A 5/10[4] 5.5/10[5]
GamePro N/A N/A 2.5/5 stars[6]
Game Revolution N/A D[7] D[7]
GameSpot N/A 4.2/10[8] 4/10[9]
IGN 6/10[10] 5.3/10[11] 5.2/10[12]
Nintendo Power 6.4/10[13] 7.4/10[14] N/A
OPM (US) N/A N/A 1/5 stars[15]
PSM N/A N/A 2/5 stars[16]
Aggregate score
GameRankings 64%[17] 57%[18] 44%[19]

The Game Boy Color and Nintendo 64 versions received "mixed" reviews, while the PlayStation version received "unfavorable" reviews, according to the review aggregation website GameRankings.[17][18][19]

Craig Harris of IGN criticized the PlayStation version as being "dull" and "repetitive", although stating that it was better than its predecessor, Rampage World Tour.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cook, Brad. "Rampage 2: Universal Tour (GBC) - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on November 16, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2016. 
  2. ^ Marriott, Scott Alan. "Rampage 2: Universal Tour (PS) - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on November 16, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Rampage 2: Universal Tour". Electronic Gaming Monthly. June 1999. 
  4. ^ "Rampage 2: Universal Tour (N64)". Game Informer (72). April 1999. 
  5. ^ "Rampage 2: Universal Tour (PS)". Game Informer (74). June 1999. 
  6. ^ "Rampage 2: Universal Tour (PS)". GamePro. June 1999. 
  7. ^ a b Liu, Johnny (April 1999). "Rampage 2: Universal Tour Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved September 30, 2016. 
  8. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (April 28, 1999). "Rampage 2: Universal Tour Review (N64)". GameSpot. Retrieved September 30, 2016. 
  9. ^ Stahl, Ben (April 30, 1999). "Rampage 2: Universal Tour Review (PS)". GameSpot. Retrieved September 30, 2016. 
  10. ^ Harris, Craig (December 15, 1999). "Rampage 2: Universal Tour (GBC)". IGN. IGN Entertainment, Inc. Retrieved September 30, 2016. 
  11. ^ Casamassina, Matt (April 5, 1999). "Rampage 2: Universal Tour (N64)". IGN. IGN Entertainment, Inc. Retrieved September 30, 2016. 
  12. ^ a b Harris, Craig (April 5, 1999). "Rampage 2: Universal Tour (PS)". IGN. IGN Entertainment, Inc. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Rampage 2: Universal Tour (GBC)". Nintendo Power. 126. November 1999. 
  14. ^ "Rampage 2: Universal Tour (N64)". Nintendo Power. 118. March 1999. 
  15. ^ "Rampage 2: Universal Tour". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. June 1999. 
  16. ^ "Rampage 2: Universal Tour". PSM. June 1999. 
  17. ^ a b "Rampage 2: Universal Tour for Game Boy Color". GameRankings. Retrieved September 30, 2016. 
  18. ^ a b "Rampage 2: Universal Tour for Nintendo 64". GameRankings. Retrieved September 30, 2016. 
  19. ^ a b "Rampage 2: Universal Tour for PlayStation". GameRankings. Retrieved September 30, 2016. 

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