Video Music: Tiesto – Traffic. Seriously, it’s right here. If you ask, you’re a moron.
I’ve been busy buying things left and right, including TM 2 here. And it’s amazing.
First I’ll talk about videos. There are several really cool things that it does that make my life easier. For example, in TMU you could only have an avi file get to 4 gigs before breaking and being unusable. TM2 is so much smarter and breaks up the files into managable chunks whenever you’re about to go over. There’s a bunch of extra options in the renderer, and they actually work this time.
Finally, the graphics are amazing. They are gorgeous, even during normal play, but you get really geeky stuff during renders like raycast shadows and selective blur.
Beware, though, as there is a cost for all the flair – this video alone took one and a half hours to render. You have been warned!
Onto the gameplay. TM2 is fairly similair to TMU in it’s presentation; There’s solo, multiplayer, and local play. A couple of the options are switched around but everything is basically the same.
The mechanics of the car take some getting used to, and there are some edge cases you need to watch out for. For example, the car is able to turn faster when it isn’t gripping the road. The result is that you might drift into the dirt while going round a corner and be suprised by how quickly you spring into the wall. You can also grip better while on two wheels than four (for some reason). The drifting is easy and intuitive but can be difficult to master, which is just fine. And the online is amazing. I’ve always been suprised by how good TM’s online really is, and this is no exception.
The verdict? Buy it!