Excerpt: In the year 2000, a young man named Chris Sawyer said to himself, “There should be a game where you get to build and manage your own theme park.” Well, that has gotten him a long way. The release of RCT 1 was one of the biggest simulation game surprises ever. It even put The Sims series to shame. It’s back, and it’s better than ever. RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 beats any theme park sim, and you will see why. The graphics of this game are none of the average.
Excerpt: "Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 represents the inevitable sequel. The game engine and graphics remain largely unchanged, however, casting more of a 'Roller Coaster Tycoon 1.1' aura than the all-new epiphany many had anticipated.
Excerpt: One of the most popular games of all time, believe it or not, is Roller Coaster Tycoon. Weird, huh? It seems that way until you've gotten sucked into an all-night park-building marathon. Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 has come out, and Infogrames has wisely chosen to not change much. See what all the hype is about. Click here for the review.
Pros: ups: Addictive, in-depth fun that keeps you interested; all the plusses of the original, with a few added treats.
Cons: downs: Identical gameplay as the original; almost more like a worthy expansion pack over a new game.
Excerpt: Did you play Rollercoaster Tycoon? Did you live Rollercoaster Tycoon? Did you spend untold hours supervising your groundkeepers as they mowed the lawns, watered the gardens, and mopped up vomit? Did you devote more time to monitoring a virtual amusement park income sheet than balancing your own checkbook?
Excerpt: Both the best and the worst thing you can say about RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 is that it is nearly identical to its predecessor. It's both a blessing and a curse, because the millions of fans of the original and its two expansion packs will no doubt be happy to receive more of the same park-building fun but crestfallen over how few changes have been made by developer Chris Sawyer.
Conclusion: Overall, I was left with the feeling that newcomers will adore RCT2 but that the millions of dedicated fans will be disappointed paying £34.99 for improvements that could have been provided in an expansion disk.