Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. The racing environments suffer from the PlayStation 2's notorious texture limitations.
  2. Neither excellent nor miserable, it's a fairly good racer, but it's not changed much since our last look at the game, and since then a lot of handsome titles have hit the shelves.
  3. A great-looking simulation but only the hardest of the hardcore are going to be able to get into this game, let alone be able to advance very far.
  4. 80
    It might not strike anyone as exceptional, but with real-world car details, challenging A.I., and a nice upgrade system, 4x4 Evolution is worth checking out, especially if you’re an SUV fanatic in real life.
  5. Awful sound, and graphics (although mostly sharp) that were contrived and dull, 4x4 Evo isn't nearly as technically sound as it should've been.
  6. The graphics are sharp, the physics are accurate, and the amount of customization available is impressive. But the frustrating gameplay, relatively slow pacing, and anemic multiplayer mode make it hard to pick up and immediately enjoy.
  7. The main problems with 4X4 Evo, though, are the frustratingly cheap cheating of the computer opponents that never seem to let you actually get ahead by spending your hard-earned money on upgrades...
  8. 50
    Not my cup of tea. But even if 4x4 Evo were my bag, the gameplay itself is just not fun. The driving itself is slow, jerky, simplistic, and mundane. It's dull. If it weren't for the spectacularly lengthy career mode, with its oogles of parts, then the game would have received an even lower score.
  9. The game’s lack of realism (your cars can’t get damaged or dirty) takes away from that devilish feeling that you’re doing something naughty with the family car.
  10. Looks and plays exactly like what it is: recycled PC code from a couple of years ago coming back to steal $50 from you.
  11. The soundtrack ranks as one of the most impressive to date. Mixing bass-thumping hip-hop grooves with epic, tension-building in-race vibes, it's well worth cranking up the volume for a fully engrossing driving experience.

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