29 October 2000
Gathering of Developers
| 8.4/10 |
Racing video game
| October 29, 2000
NA: October 29, 2000
NA: October 30, 2000
NA: February 26, 2001
EU: April 13, 2001|
PlayStation 2, Dreamcast, Microsoft Windows, Macintosh operating systems
Single-player video game, Multiplayer video game
Terminal Reality games, Racing video games
4x4 Evolution (also known as 4x4 EVO, codenamed Metal Crush 3) is a video game developed by Terminal Reality for the Windows, Macintosh, PlayStation 2 and Dreamcast platforms. It is one of the first console games to have cross-platform online play where Dreamcast, Macintosh and PC versions of the game appear online at the same time. The game can use maps created by users to download onto a hard drive, as well as a Dreamcast VMU. All versions of the game are similar in quality and gameplay, although the online systems feature a mode to customize the players' own truck and use it online. The game is still online-capable on all systems except for PlayStation 2.
4x4 Evolution Wikipedia
Gameplay features off-road racing of over 70 licensed truck manufacturers. Modes featured in the game were a Career Mode, Online Mode, Map editor and versus mode. The career mode is the most important part of the game to feature a way to buy better trucks similar to the Gran Turismo series. The Career mode also gives the player 6 purpose built race vehicles: Chevrolet TrailBlaizer Race SUV 2WD, Dodge Dakota Race Truck 4WD, Ford F-150 Race Truck 2WD, Mitsubishi Pajero Rally 4WD, Nissan Xterra Race SUV 4WD, and the Toyota Tundra Race Truck 2WD. They cost anywhere from $350,000 up to $850,000. These are the fastest vehicles in the game. Recently, KC Vale acquired permission from Terminal Reality Incorporated to upload the game to his web server; however, the original vehicles have been removed due to an expired license.
The game was met with positive to mixed reception. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 78% and 74 out of 100 for the Dreamcast version; 75% and 73 out of 100 for the PC version; and 65% and 64 out of 100 for the PlayStation 2 version.
4x4 EVO 2 was later released on Windows, Macintosh, Xbox, GameCube, and PlayStation 2. It features larger maps, denser terrain, and free-roaming environments.