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Evolution 2

video game review video game review video game review Video Game Review: Evolution 2 Publisher: UBI Soft
Category: Role-Playing
Platform: Dreamcast
ESRB Rating: Teen    Release Date: September 2000

Overall Rating: 2.5 Stars out of 4

Review by Tom Allen
2½ Stars out of 4

Why on earth is this game rated T for teens? Is it because Gre has a rifle and shoots it? Look at all the weaponry fire in Star Wars; that series is rated PG. This game is animated in the cartooniest way possible, and yet it still gets a Teen rating??? What the hell is going on?

Well, here's the answer: "use of tobacco and alcohol." This description appears on the back of the game's jewel case. So let me get this straight. If Chewbacca lit up a cigarette and Han popped open a cold one, Star Wars would be PG-13? Whatever.

Evolution 2 is an excellent game for young players who need a transition from Pokemon to more sophisticated fare like Final Fantasy. The large and colorful graphics and characters will appeal to kids, as will the simple but not stupid game play.

The randomly-generated dungeon designs are a new innovation (unless you count the first Evolution), but the technology does not yet allow for terribly complex random designs. Considering the likely audience, this is not a bad thing.

Overall, the game runs smoothly with effective pacing. The plot is about as exciting as a Pokemon movie, and the camera should have a slightly lower overhead angle, but overall, it's not a bad game for kids. Teens will want to stay away, though.

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