SpyHunter 2

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For the sequel to the 1983 original, see Spy Hunter II.
Spy Hunter 2
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Developer(s) Angel Studios
Publisher(s) Midway Games
Series Spy Hunter
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, Xbox
Release PlayStation 2
  • NA: November 24, 2003
  • EU: March 5, 2004
Xbox
  • NA: November 25, 2003
  • EU: March 5, 2004
Genre(s) Vehicular combat
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Spy Hunter 2 is a video game published by Midway in 2003 for PlayStation 2 and Xbox. This game is the sequel to the 2001 remake of the 1983 game Spy Hunter. The player takes off his 1st mission in Russia, right where the last level left off from leaving Petra, Jordan and the NOSTRA organization completely decimated initializing a sequel from the 2001 remake; he begins his cooperation with Agent Duvelle. Traveling in various locations all around the planet including the USA, Asia, Swiss Alps, Switzerland, and Antarctica. The weapons van is brought back again and equipped this time with an automatic turret / machine gun being that the player can utilize in extreme vehicular combat resolutions. The newly acquired Interceptor SpyHunter vehicle can enter off-road mode and transform itself into a jet-ski, a snow-mobile, a motor-tricycle, and a speedboat. The player can also choose an arsenal of weapons upon their liking that are coming from the background of James Bond 007 and a chocolate sparkle of Mission Impossible. The various armament includes Mines, Smoke Screen, Oil Slick, Machine Guns, Rockets, Missiles, Lasers and Cannons. The soundtrack features the song "Dark Carnival" (see below) recorded by Vanessa Carlton.

Theme song[edit]

The theme song of this game, Dark Carnival by Vanessa Carlton, is a reworked version of "Carnival", a track on her unreleased debut album, Rinse. Carlton said the song is "kind of electronica-esque by design", adding that she had "always wanted to write about espionage."[1] It introduced an entire new sound for Carlton that was much darker than her previous work.[original research?] MTV News described the song, which is about a mysterious femme fatale, as "[an] edgy and brooding ballad" that "gets even more eerie when a sparse, plinky bridge reminiscent of the Halloween theme arises."[2]

The lyrics of "Carnival" and "Dark Carnival" are different; for example, "Don't you run from the show, / 'Cause I just want you to know that I love anyway, / And I will not let you go" was altered to "When you get your bloody dose / In the still of the night / It is there you'll feel it most / In this dark carnival / Where the end is close." "Dark Carnival" was not included on Carlton's second album, Harmonium (2004). The character Agent Vanessa Duvelle, Alec's partner, was based on her.

Plot[edit]

Alec Sects tries to deal with the remains of Nostra. First, he tries to familiarize himself with the new G-8155 Interceptor and later goes on a reconnaissance mission. Alec then learns about a defector in the Russian Nostra branch, Vladimir Polvac, who was a very influential figure, and has information about the Russian Nostra leader, "The Cossack". He needed an escort to an embassy, a transport to an airport, and needed Alec to ensure his plane took off unharmed (As he was trying to leave the country because of his defection). An informant later on revealed large sums of money being diverted to the restoration and fortification of an old nuclear power facility. Alec and fellow agent Vanessa Duvelle investigate the plant and Alec finds unique compact energy cells. After this, The Cossack's identity is revealed as Vladimir Impalakov, who then tries to leave his estate to a warehouse complex on the Baltic coast, using a massive and heavily armed experimental ekranoplan, but is killed by Alec before he could escape.

Alec then travels to New Orleans to meet Senator and televangelist Noah Thurgood. However, "Mad Mojo" Carter, a regional crime lord and leader of the American Nostra faction, sends an agent in a stolen G-8155 Interceptor prototype to kill Thurgood. The agent succeeds and the rendezvous is compromised. Alec follows Thurgood's killer and attempts to take him alive to be interrogated but aborts the mission and the rogue Interceptor escapes on a VTOL. Alec is needed elsewhere because an IES steamboat is holding a meeting about the strange Russian energy cells and needs protection. Alec then learns that Mad Mojo Carter's real name is Calvin Blackwell Jr., son of deceased industrialist Calvin Blackwell Sr., is an MIT graduate with honors in engineering, and that he stole top secret information from Thurgood before eliminating him. Alec tracks him down to a bayou, which he was using to cover his escape route. Blackwell was using a cargo jet to escape and had many guards protecting the runway, but Alec shoots the engines to prevent immediate takeoff and destroys the jet, Blackwell, and the top secret information he stole (Since Alec could not recover it).

Alec proceeds to Asia via Cargo Ship. He then protects it from attack and reaches an IES Safehouse. Alec, along the way, destroys contraband cargo trucks and Phoenix forces working for the Krait Fang criminal organization (Asian faction of Nostra). Alec then learns his partner, Agent Vanessa Duvelle, has been kidnapped by the head of the Krait Fang, Nguyen McGinty and is being held for execution. Alec breaks her out, and later, destroys most of his forces, allowing a planned assault by special IES forces. This allows Alec to infiltrate the Krait Fang Fortress. He then learns McGinty is attempting to escape on a heavily armed train powered by one of the strange Russian energy cells and wants to destroy a city with a Dirty bomb he has on his train. Alec destroys the train and kills McGinty.

They then move to the Alps, where Alec finds a rogue Interceptor prototype, similar to the one from New Orleans. The rogue Inteceptor prototype was stolen by Leland Chevre, the leader of the La Rouge Crime Syndicate (Swiss Nostra). Alec finds Chevre and kills him for the data in his vehicle. Alec analyzes the data from Chevre's vehicle and learns that three European Union facilities have been targeted for nuclear attack. Alec finds and destroys the Mobile Missile Platforms. Alec then heads to a castle owned by the Ararat Society with Agent Duvelle based on information from the stolen car. Alec then discovers that Thurgood is alive, and the leader.

Thurgood escapes to the Antarctic, where he has created a Mobile Research Facility that is also an "Ark" and Mobile "City" and plans to flood the world by using the unique compact energy cells to melt the Polar Ice Cap. With Impalakov, Blackwell, McGinty, and Chevre gone, he goes ahead with the plans so he and select others rule what's left. Alec destroys the ark, and him and Agent Duvelle are ordered to their next mission in Los Angeles.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
PS2 Xbox
EGM 5/10[3] 5/10[3]
Game Informer 6/10[4] 6/10[5]
GamePro 3.5/5 stars[6] N/A
Game Revolution D[7] D[7]
GameSpot 5.8/10[8] 6/10[9]
GameSpy 3/5 stars[10] 3/5 stars[11]
GameZone 6.7/10[12] 7/10[13]
IGN 7/10[14] 7/10[14]
OPM (US) 3/5 stars[15] N/A
OXM (US) N/A 6/10[16]
Aggregate score
Metacritic 57/100[17] 57/100[18]

The game received "mixed" reviews on both platforms according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[17][18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Steinberg, Scott (December 2003). "Symphony of Destruction: Vanessa Carlton plays rough in SpyHunter 2". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. 
  2. ^ D'Angelo, Joe (May 15, 2003). "Video Gamers Can Drive A Thousand Miles With Vanessa Carlton". MTV News. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b EGM staff (February 2004). "SpyHunter 2". Electronic Gaming Monthly (175): 106. Archived from the original on March 26, 2004. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Spy Hunter 2 (PS2)". Game Informer (129): 128. January 2004. 
  5. ^ Reiner, Andrew (February 2004). "Spy Hunter 2 (Xbox)". Game Informer (130): 109. Archived from the original on June 24, 2008. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  6. ^ Pong Sifu (November 25, 2003). "SpyHunter 2 Review for PS2 on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 9, 2005. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Silverman, Ben (January 2004). "Spy Hunter 2 Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  8. ^ Davis, Ryan (November 25, 2003). "Spy Hunter 2 Review (PS2)". GameSpot. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  9. ^ Davis, Ryan (November 25, 2003). "Spy Hunter 2 Review (Xbox)". GameSpot. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  10. ^ Fischer, Russ (November 26, 2003). "GameSpy: Spy Hunter 2 (PS2)". GameSpy. Archived from the original on October 31, 2005. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  11. ^ Fischer, Russ (November 26, 2003). "GameSpy: Spy Hunter 2 (Xbox)". GameSpy. Archived from the original on November 2, 2005. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  12. ^ McElfish, Carlos (December 29, 2003). "SpyHunter 2 - PS2 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on December 26, 2007. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  13. ^ Bedigian, Louis (December 21, 2003). "SpyHunter 2 - XB - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on March 13, 2008. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  14. ^ a b Perry, Douglass C. (November 24, 2003). "SpyHunter 2". IGN. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  15. ^ Baker, Chris (January 2004). "SpyHunter 2". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. Archived from the original on March 29, 2004. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  16. ^ "SpyHunter 2". Official Xbox Magazine: 78. February 2004. 
  17. ^ a b "Spy Hunter 2 for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  18. ^ a b "Spy Hunter 2 for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 

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