Reviews: V8 Supercars Australia 2
The Final Say!
by Andrew B
Review Date: November 2004
Review Score 8.7/10
Distributed By: Atari Australia
"The definitive V8 Supercars game is BACK!!"
V8 Supercars Australia
was easily the most popular car game of 2002 and pleased just
about every Ford
fan in Australia. Although V8 Supercars Australia 2 has been out
for some time (on the XBox) because of a limited time exclusive,
it's finally time for PlayStation 2 owners to experience one of
the most thrilling and adrenaline pumping car experiences of
Although the original game was extremely impressive on the PS2, it
did suffer from a variety of graphical flaws and a few in game
bugs that only annoyed the most avid car gamer. Fortunately, the
developers have addressed these issues and the current
incarnation of V8 Supercars is nothing short of spectacular. The
only downside to this current incarnation is that the game only
features the 2003 circuit of this popular motor sport. Although,
it's a small price to pay for such a well designed and extremely
entertaining V8 supercar game.
Once again, this game is the only official V8 Supercars game on
the market and features all the popular Holden and Ford racing
teams that include the Holden Racing Team and Ford Performance
Racing team to name a few of the greats that grace this title.
The game also contains a variety of accurate and official tracks
that allows gamers to race in a variety of locations that
include the beautiful Surfers Paradise or the outback Hidden
V8 Supercars also boasts a career mode that follows the storyline
of Ryan McKane who must drive his way through the world of
touring cars. By playing the career mode, you also unlock a
variety of tracks and also different gaming options. There is
also a variety of championship categories that includes
everything from our beloved V8 Supercars to the German DTM
The control system of V8 Supercars is similar to most car games
on the market but I do plead caution to newbies because it will
take some time getting use to the accurate control system. The
DualShock controller works perfectly with this title and you can
feel all the bumps and bruises of racing but for those racing
fans that love realism, I would highly recommend a steering
wheel for your console because that is what makes this game like
you are almost there.
Each car also handles differently that does help with the
playability of the title because it does increase the longevity
of gameplay. It should also be mentioned that the AI of the
title is quite impressive and it's almost like you are playing
against a real human player.
Graphically, V8 Supercars is an amazing game and one could be
forgiven in thinking that you are actually watching a real
television broadcast with photo-realistic graphics, amazingly
realistic car models with all the official advertising and some
of the most impressive gaming environments that actually look
like the intended destinations. So when you race in Sandown, you
are actually racing the same circuit with all the curves,
obstacles and backgrounds.
The developers have also included a rather realistic physics
engine that also effects how you play the game, so when you
damage your car, the car reacts accordingly. I must admit that
although the game does support some two-dimensional trees, it
looks almost three-dimensional and for this reviewer, V8
Supercars Australia 2 has come a long way from its predecessor.
V8 Supercars also features all the sounds of V8 Racing and
touring cars and whether you are bumping into another car,
sliding on the kitty litter or racing at speeds over 200
kilometres an hour, the sound effects of this game have all been
flawlessly implemented into this entertaining title. The voice
acting of the title has also been professionally done and match
that with a great musical score for the menu system and you have
a game made in V8 gaming heaven.
In conclusion, I would recommend V8 Supercars Australia 2 to any
racing fan, especially those who love the V8 Supercars because
this is as close one can get without actually being in the car.
With amazing graphics, an awesome gaming engine and a perfect
control system, this game is the Shangrila of car games, so stop
reading and go out and buy this game now! Vrooooooom!!!
P.S. this game also supports an insane network play option that
lets you show your prowess against other V8 Supercars racers
from around Australia and the world.