One of the best arcade-style racers ever made for the PC, Screamer 2 is everything Screamer was and more. Zamppa puts it nicely in his review for MobyGames: |
After the first Screamer Virgin Interactive, the publisher, made some changes. They changed Graffiti to Milestone, the hi-tech road cars into rally cars, and the somewhat lame chasing of time limits into a real arcade rally experience. The result is called Screamer 2.
Well, that's not even all they changed. First, there's the graphics engine. It was almost revolutionary at its time, making good-quality graphics with an unbelievable level of detail in them. It's still pretty to watch today, even without a 3DFX-card (there's a 3DFX Patch available). The tracks really differ from each other, as Finland is a snowy and very slippy dirt track, the Switzerland's tarmac one is very fast and twisty. The rest are somewhere in-between.
The driveability is one of the greatest in computer game history. The cars mostly drift around wildly. If you lose control of the car, most times you survive by doing a stylish 360 spin and being on your merry way. The cars really differ from one another, as the rear wheel drive cars are deadly fast but also deadly hard to drive and the FWD cars are easy to drive but not that fast. Another good thing is the split-screen multiplayer mode. Twice the fun. Usually the races become more like Demolition Derby than rally racing. There is no damage modeling whatsoever, so this doesn't really stop you from finishing eventually.
The sound engine isn't on the level of everything else. The engine sounds are hideous and the sound effects are just plain.
The Bottom Line:
Screamer 2 was a top-class game when it came out. Today, the game has lost some bite in graphics and the sounds were never that good, but the playability is still there, and that's what matters." Highly recommended, and a well-deserved entrant into our Hall of Belated Fame.
Reviewed by: Underdogs