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Smuggler's Run 2

Developer: Rockstar San Diego | Publisher: Rockstar Games
Players: 1 to 2 Player Game | Release Date: 10/30/01 | Genre: Action

Let me start off by saying that I normally don't enjoy any type of racing games. Sure there are a few racers I love: Waverace, F-Zero, and Mario Kart-however, I just don't enjoy the "typical" racing games like Gran Turismo or NASCAR Racing. When I first saw the original Smuggler's Run, I realized that this was my type of racing game. However, there were many problems within the game that caused it to be less fun than it could have been. Rockstar and Angel Studios went back to the drawing board and have delivered us Smuggler's Run 2: Hostile Territory-a title that improves the original formula and provided non-stop fun.

Graphically, Smuggler's Run 2 looks much better than its predecessor does. The player controls one of many vehicles that are unlocked as the game progresses. Each vehicle is fairly detailed and leaves a trail of dust behind as the player races through the expansive worlds. Within the game world, gamers will encounter open fields, both large and small buildings, roads, bodies of water, mountains, and more. Between the levels, the story is told out in a gritty FMV. This is the first time I have seen FMV in a game since Command & Conquer. While it isn't nearly as high quality as what Westwood has done, these FMV sequences in Smuggler's Run 2 help provide the player with the story.

Speaking of the story, you are part of a group that is being paid handsomely to smuggle all sorts of items within Russia. As you make your "smuggler's run" in each level, players will have to work fast to get to drop off points, pick up the items, and drop them off at the drop zone. To make things easier, Angel Studios color coded the places you need to go. For example, when you are picking up items, the player must drive over the yellow flares on the screen. When you need to drop things off, you drive over the red flares. Can't find the red or yellow flares? Don't freak out-just look above at your on screen radar. The red line will point you in the right direction.

Depending on the vehicle you use, controlling Smuggler's Run 2: Hostile Territory is quite easy. You can accelerate, brake, go in reverse, and turn left and right. While the control brings nothing new to the table, the gameplay is fast and furious. At first things will seem easy-but just keep playing and you will run into some challenging situations. At the same time, you may grow tired of the gameplay-as it can become repetitive after extensive time playing. However, if you play a few missions at a time, you won't notice the tedious gameplay and will find yourself happily playing for weeks.

If you like action games, you will want to give Smuggler's Run 2: Hostile Territory a try. While it may not be quite as good as Rockstar's other title--the infamous Grand Theft Auto 3--(What is as good as GTA3 though?) you will enjoy SR2. Smuggling has never been this much fun!

By Kaleb Rutherford - 08/01/01
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