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Follows Spy Hunter (1983) See more »

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Really bad
25 October 2013 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

Spy Hunter II succeeds neither as a driving game nor as a shooting game. The split screen 2-player view (even when playing singular) is really distracting, and squashes the poor graphics to the point where they feel claustrophobic.

The annoying gear shifts are still in play, only now there's three gears to distract you while repetitive bad guys shoot at you leaving you no place to go to avoid being hit, meaning you'll never really make it far along the dull, boring road.

The game switches from the top-down perspective of the first to a behind-the-car view much like OutRun, only there's no enjoyment to be had from taking control of this car as the scenery is pretty much non-existent.

It reminds me a lot of those RoadBlasters toys from Matchbox back in the day, which were inspired by their own, much better, arcade game. When it comes to 1987 driving shooters give RoadBlasters a shot and pretend this travesty does not exist.


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