Review by DUBTuner
The best racing game for non-demanding people
Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights is the sequel for the first Juiced game released for the PlayStation 2, PC and Xbox. Pretty much like Need for Speed Underground, Juiced 2 offers a pretty decent car list and an incredibly deep customization system that allows the player to customize both the exterior and the interior of the cars. Unfortunately, Juiced 2 is terribly underrated and games like Need for Speed and Midnight Club are most player's first choice.
Graphics: Juice Games did a nice job with the graphics in Juiced 2. The cars looks pretty good and so does their interiors. You have to create your own character (some kind of an "avatar" system) but it's hard to make it look good. The human beings in this game does not look like humans at all, they are weird. However, this is a minor flaw, since the game is all about how the cars looks, and in this part the game does fine. You can customize pretty much any part of your car, like bumpers, doors, hoods, spoilers, wheels, etc. Too bad you can't paint the wheels, but there is a wide selection and some are already colored. And the interiors of the cars are worth of praise. Looks really good, and you can modify the steering wheels and the seats. There's also the "Explosion View" mode that splits all the car parts so you can see them individually, plus you can see the car's engine, which is always cool. The tracks looks great aswell, take a good look at that french drift track and you'll know what I am talking about.
Sound: The engine of the cars sounds good. Not great, just good. Soon you'll realize that most cars sounds the same. Too bad. The musics aren't great, too. The menu songs are too repetitive, and you'll have to listen to the same song every time you finish a race. Juice Games definitely skipped the sound lessons.
Gameplay: The most important thing in any game, the gameplay. Juiced 2 is 100% arcade. The cars doesn't react like real-life cars. If you like the Need for Speed series, you MAY be comfortable with how Juiced 2 plays. At first, the cars are way too slippery and there's no sense of speed at all. Soon you'll get used to it and later cars will add a little sense of speed, but that's all. Soon you'll be racing at 200MPH+ but it will always look like you are racing at 80MPH. Sense of speed is very important in a racing game and Juiced 2 doesn't seem to delivery that. This is pretty much a major flaw, but can be ignored if you aren't that demanding. The drift mechanics are good and better than many games out there. There's also the whole "Driver DNA" thing, which sounds pretty cool at first, but soon you'll realize it does nothing, so I'll just ignore it.
Overall: Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights can be great most of the time you'll spent playing it, but some of the flaws can destroy all the fun. The lack of speed, the slippery car control and how bad the in-game characters looks. If you think you can ignore these flaws, you'll definitely have some fun playing Juiced 2. The career mode has a great lenght and you can always replay any of the events. The customization is deep and will keep you busy several time. If you didn't like Midnight Club Los Angeles or any of the Need for Speed games, Juiced 2 can be the better choice for you.
Product Release: Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights (US, 09/17/07)
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