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Doritos Crash Course 2 (Video Game Review)

Doritos Crash Course 2 is the newest release from developer Behaviour. The company has a large library of games dating back to Jersey Devil on the original PlayStation and includes some hit and miss titles as well such as the highly popular Monkey Quest and the what were they thinking/I want my money back Wipeout series. Doritos Crash Course 2 is much more like the Wipeout series than any of the other games the team has developed, but surprisingly, both Doritos Crash Course 2 and its predecessor manage to surpass expectations despite being free-to-play on Xbox LIVE Arcade. Intuitive level design, more features including online multiplayer and plenty of unlockable Achievements and in-game items makes Doritos Crash Course 2 a fun game and a steal to download for free.

In Doritos Crash Course 2, players take their Xbox LIVE Avatar to intuitive new obstacle courses to race to the finish as fast as possible. Giant swinging hammers, rotating walls, large gaps and floor traps are just some of the many obstacles players will need to overcome to complete courses, but trampolines, ropes, climbable platforms and other useful items are scattered across the stages to make progression possible The game features four unique locations including beginning with the Amazon Jungle, Egypt, Pirate Island, and finally, Pirate Island. These locations are far more diversified than the countries in the previous game, and there are seven different stages in each location. Once you've loaded your Avatar into the game, you're ready for some obstacle course fun.

There are plenty of new features packed into Doritos Crash Course 2 from the original game. The first major change players will notice when loading up the game for the first time is the addition of a Shop at the main menu. It's here where players can purchase Prince of Persia like rewinds to redo sections of a course with no time penalty, nab powerups such as a boost in stamina or the ability to wall run, purchase jinxes to send your opponents that will turn them into running tutu fairies, toilets and more, or simply purchase new courses. The game uses two types of currency unfortunately that will turn off players with pay-to-win phobias. Stars can be found scattered throughout stages to make in-game purchases, or Microsoft Points can be used to unlock coins for cheaper purchases. This can seem a bit unfair at first, but it only really affects the game's online multiplayer, and once you've played through the game long enough to unlock a powerup of your choice, it won't make much of a difference whether you purchased coins or not.

Doritos Crash Course 2 has other new features this time around in addition to the shop and in-game purchases. The game supports Avatar Famestar that allows players to earn special rewards across multiple games for playing including Happy Wars, Motocross Madness and Wreckateer. Another improvement in the game is an ability to save up to three replays to share with friends to prove you really won the photo finish race or how you traversed a difficult obstacle with ease. When compared with similar games from Behaviour, Doritos Crash Course 2 is easily the best looking game in the family friendly genre and features the best course design by far. It's hard to comprehend why Doritos Crash Course 2 is a free-to-play game that is far superior to last year's debacle that was Wipeout 3, but Xbox 360 owners can be happy for this fortune and continue enjoying obstacle course fun with the family for free. Check out Doritos Crash Course 2 on Xbox LIVE Arcade; it's free!

Doritos Crash Course 2 is now available free-to-play exclusively on Xbox LIVE Arcade. Doritos Crash Course 2 is rated E by the ESRB for Mild Fantasy Violence. For more information on Doritos Crash Course 2, check it out on the official Xbox LIVE Marketplace.

Game Features:
  • Online Multiplayer 1-4
  • Free-to-Play
  • Race to the Finish with Xbox LIVE Avatars
  • Online Leaderboards
  • Achievement Support

  • Game Information:
    Developer: Behaviour
    Publisher: Microsoft Studios
    Available Exclusively for Xbox LIVE Arcade
    Release Date: May 8, 2013

    Score: 7 out of 10
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