American Chopper 2

2005 - Activision - Creat Studios

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The first American Chopper game was a bit of a mixed bag, It played really well but lacked any real depth and mostly consisted of 'Fetch & Carry' and 'Delivery' quests. The sequel is pretty much more of the same, but with more emphasis on racing and manages to do it better than the original.

There are less missions than the first (only 25 compared to the originals 50) but this is one of the reasons I enjoyed this one more. It's a prime example of "Less is More" because it keeps the game fresh and the developers have tried very hard not to make it feel repetitive. Some of them are downright odd as well, especially the one where you rob a dude for a bike part because he bought the last one in the shop before you (I don't recall that sort of behaviour in the TV series)

It's obvious that the level of effort for this one was higher than the first because everything seems that little bit more polished and responsive. The driving is smoother, the controls are so much better and it feels a bit more Arcade like at times, allowing you to drift yourself around corners with ease.

The story is a bit lame, and the voice acting is still terrible and lacks any emotion, but the wooden delivery is part of it's charm. It makes me miss the 'New guy' story from the first game that little bit more, In this one you just play as the cast of the show, collecting parts to build custom bikes (That you don't even have to bother building I must add)

Overall, I really enjoyed this game way more than the first, I would easily recommend this to anyone who's a fan of the show or just likes bike games. However, if you're from the UK like me, then you will need to import this as it was only released in a few PAL countries. I imported it from a nice chap in Australia, and it wasn't that expensive.

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