Conclusion: There comes a time when inside knowledge beyond what one knows is required. Not without modesty, I knew one of these times had come when I first started 4X4 EVO 2 and found myself trying to decide between, after digging through the Alaskan wilderness, a $64,000 dollar 14" suspension lift, a $22,500 Port & Polished Head, or $250 mud flaps.
Summary: On the surface 4x4 Evo 2 is the ultimate off-road game; it has good graphics, lots of sweet vehicles, and tons of real upgrades. But when you actually start to play you notice many things wrong with the game. My main complaint is with the computer components. They are able to bash, push, rub, and run you off the road without slowing down (in fact they actually speed up!!) while you are left choking in their dust.
Summary: 4x4 Evo 2 has elements of a very good game, but the graphics are so disappointing it isn't worthwhile. The game centers around a career mode. You start out with $30k and have to buy a vehicle and then earn money for upgrades. You can earn money by participating in races (organized into series) or by completing missions. As you progress up the career path you get involved with teams and have the opportunity to purchase better equipment.
Summary: I rented this game only because I owned all the other games that were in at blockbuster. I was pleasantly surprised. I thought the game would be a total dud. The graphics are pretty good, and the controls are pretty easy. I wish there were more camera angles to choose from instead of just the three (the sky-cam, the third one, is totally useless... You cant even see your truck in wooded areas). The one major drawback to the game was no Fords.