Rollcage Stage 2 (PC)
Rollcage Stage 2 (PC)
Rollcage Stage 2 is a racing video game developed by Attention to Detail for PlayStation and Microsoft Windows. It is the sequel to Rollcage, a game that featured cars with wheels larger than the body, allowing them to drive on any surface and flip over without losing speed. Rollcage Stage 2 was released in Europe in March 2000 and in North America in October 2000.
The game has over 20 vehicles to choose from, each with three different paint jobs and different attributes. The game also features 65 tracks divided into five futuristic environments, such as a desert, a city, and a space station. The tracks can be affected by the player's actions, such as destroying buildings, bridges, or signs, creating obstacles or shortcuts for themselves or their opponents. The game also has 16 modes and options to choose from, such as Rubble Soccer, Scramble, Pursuit, and Stunt. The player can unlock more bonuses and vehicles by winning races or completing challenges.
One of the distinctive features of Rollcage Stage 2 is its use of hardware-accelerated bump mapping, a technique that creates realistic lighting and shadows on the surface of the cars and the environment. The game was designed to be best experienced on Matrox Millennium G400 graphics cards, which had exclusive support for EMBM (Environment Mapped Bump Mapping) at the time of the game's release. The game was also among the first titles to feature this technology, along with games such as Unreal Tournament and MDK2.
Rollcage Stage 2 received favorable reviews from critics, who praised its graphics, gameplay, variety, and replay value. The game was compared favorably to other racing games of its time, such as Wipeout 3 and F-Zero X. However, some critics also noted that the game was too difficult, too chaotic, or too similar to its predecessor. The game has a cult following among fans of arcade racing games, and has inspired several spiritual successors, such as Firebugs, GRIP: Combat Racing, and Redout.
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