So, you're in the middle of a road trip, and it looks like there's some construction up ahead. The sign clearly says that cars need to merge to the left lane, but it seems like some geniuses are going to speed past the line forming and try to cut in at the last minute. So now traffic is moving at 15 feet a second, the radio has nothing but an endless loop of "Where Are You Christmas?", and the kid in the car in front of you is making faces at you. Doesn't it make you judge want to climb on your roof, commandeer whatever vehicles come along, and carve a swath of explodey destruction across the interstate? Well, no... they'd miss you at NaNa's house. But wouldn't an arcade driving game with that premise sure help blow off steam? Freeway Fury 2, new from Serius Games, lets you fulfill your wildest road rage fantasies in the comfort of your own home.
Move your car around the freeway using the [arrow] keys, trying to reach checkpoints before the timer runs out. Things are pretty crowded, so holding the [Z] key will start a bullet-time mode where you climb on the roof of your car. Jump to a new one by aiming with the [arrow] keys (including diagonally), but watch out: if you miss, you're street pizza. Earn bonus points by jumping on strings of cars, knocking others off the road, and speeding face-first into oncoming traffic. Doing these tricks will also grant you some Nitrous Oxide which, when the up key is held, gives your car's speed a boost. Make it to all seven exits, and the final boss awaits.
The original Freeway Fury was a fun time-waster, but it's here in the sequel that the Grand Theft Frogger concept really lives up to its potential. From the impressive variety of automobiles to hijack, to the varied landscapes, to the arcade-perfect sound effects, Freeway Fury 2 should get your heart-rate climbing as fast as the speedometer. The controls do take some getting used to. You should expect a lot of road rash before getting a sense of exactly how far you can jump. Also, health bars would've been a good addition. Considering the bonus points up for grabs, it definitely should be more obvious to tell if a vehicle won't fall apart if it drives another school bus off the road. However, if players are willing to put in the practice to find the rhythm in the mechanics, they'll find that Freeway Fury 2 burns rubber with the best of them.