| This is about the fifth time i have tried to start this review
and well I don’t where to begin so lets start from story from when
i placed the CD into my CD-ROM. Seconds after my PC started to churn
to life as the autorun cut in and promptly crashed. A quick reboot
and walk upstairs and get changed out of my work clothes curse my
PC. I return downstairs to the usual Windows login prompt and smash
return. Once again my PC churns to life and just about survives the
task of loading explorer.
Then I loaded up TMA2 and look on the CD for setup, and start up the
install. It worked!, then i run the program and get finally into the
game. Quickly i find the much-talked about London Crash course, and
start playing. I sit down and pick up my much trusted joypad, which
I have always used for play racing sims and push the accelerator.
With that my London cab pulls off with at an impressive speed (well
at least for in London), and I drive full speed towards an open Tower
bridge which I then jump over a terrifyingly long queue of traffic
and head though the check point. Having completed this rather easy
task I quickly move on to the next now completely addicted to find
out what happens next. I then get to my first “follow that car” level.
As soon as I see it I start laughing having watched too many films
based in London in the past which have all have at least one car chase
film involving a Hudson cab. Then came the most amusing level yet
“river dancing”, which requires you to drive full speed toward traitors
gate (in the tower of London) and trying to jump onto a barge, then
proceed along the Thames jumping from barge to barge to the final
check point. Though unsurprisingly nothing is ever as simple as it
sounds and I spent the rest of the evening try to crack the level
(much to my girlfriends disappointment) and eventually had to give
up end up having no girlfriend. It was not until 1am then next morning
did I sit down and eventually finish the level in the required time,
after plenty of near misses. I suppose you now ask what did I think
of the level design.
Well after a cruise or 2 I was very impressed the however underground
seem almost completely incorrect. The rest of the level seemed on
the other hand accurately done and gave a good feel of the city and
the curved rounds are amazing compared to the rigid block structure
of the American cities as they allow much higher speed cornering.
The other great thing about London is Cops and Robbers is far more
of a challenge and hence more fun. This is because it can no longer
be just a 4 blocks down and 2 across but you have to actually check
the map or you might end up in completely the wrong place or miss
a massive shortcut across the parks. The Thames also provides a great
deal of interest to the game however it is little different from Chicago
in this way and is hence easily over looked. One thing I definately
is on going round the City of Westminster recently I was very surprised
that I could recognise where I was (or would have been in the game),
suddenlly I realised how well the levels where scaled compared to
what it feels like when you actually walk round the city. One floor
is that very roughly oposite the Houses of Commons/Big Ben there is
now the Millenium wheel filling the sky line which is sadly not included.
The game also gave the feeling of a hundreds of little streets all
over London perfectly even though they had no hope of mapping every
single one, the inclusion off cobble textured roads also brings the
feel the age of the city back to life. However in places the skyline
looks as if was taken straight out of America and soom of the lesser
know landmarks are missing, for example Whitehall as seen in James
Bond is missing or badly detailed so it cant be made out.