Monster Truck Madness 2

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Monster Truck Madness 2 (abbreviated as MTM2, codenamed "Metal Crush 2"[1]) is a monster truck racing PC game developed by Terminal Reality and published by Microsoft Games, in 1998.

Overview[edit | edit source]

It offers improved graphics, an updated interface, new trucks and tracks and the addition of variable weather conditions from its predecessor. However, the game engine is essentially the same as that utilized in the original game. A testament to their similarity is the fact that most custom trucks and tracks are compatible with both games.

The "Summit Rumble" king of the hill tracks could only be played if one intended to compete online.

Again, "Army" Armstrong provides commentary for the game. However, his race calls have been updated, and new ones have been added.

Just like its predecessor, it contains an inaccessible truck, "Chuck's Car" (a Chevrolet Camaro). It was intended to be unlocked by typing in "CHUCK" in a race. The game still displays this message when typed: "Restart the game to drive Chuck's Car." However, if one restarts the game, it isn't there.

The game contains assets from older TRI games, like Hellbender and CART Precision Racing.

When the Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback wheel was launched, the installation cd also contained the game.

Beyond MTM2[edit | edit source]

Although a decade has passed since the game's release, there are still hundreds of people playing Monster Truck Madness 2 and they have accounted for over 5,000 tracks and the same number of trucks that have been published.

Terminal Reality reused many of the elements and a greatly updated version of the game engine to produce their title 4x4 Evolution. The game was highly anticipated by Monster Truck Madness users, but the tracks and trucks from the two lines ended up not being compatible.

Modding[edit | edit source]

The game's file mounting systems gives the possibility to add (or remove) custom tracks and trucks to the game using different editors.

The 3D objects that the game use could be placed in custom tracks were of the same format as objects in many other Terminal Reality's titles and the ones from these games could be placed into tracks using the editors. A user-created 3D model editor for MTM2 was released, called BINedit.

The program shipped with a DOS-based track editor (Tracked2), but as it was difficult to use, players developed their own editor named Traxx, which had more of a Windows WYSIWYG GUI.

Available trucks[edit | edit source]

Circuits[edit | edit source]

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Grave Digger on "The Heights" track.
  • Farm Road
  • The Heights
  • The Graveyard
  • Scrapyard Run
  • Crazy '98
  • The Excavation
  • Breakneck Ridge
  • Torture Pit (secret track)

Rallies[edit | edit source]

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Trucks racing on "Tinhorn Junction" track
  • Sidewinder Canyon
  • Voodoo Island
  • Tinhorn Junction
  • Tumbleweed Flats

Summit Rumbles[edit | edit source]

  • Arena Rumble
  • Pyramid Rumble
  • Hypercube Rumble

Monster Truck Madness 64[edit | edit source]

Monster Truck Madness 64 box art

Monster Truck Madness 64 is a Nintendo 64 port of Monster Truck Madness 2. It was released in 1999.

World Championship Wrestling[edit | edit source]

Monster Truck Madness 64 received much advertisement time on World Championship Wrestling programming and featured trucks styled after WCW wrestlers. In addition, one commercial spot featured WCW wrestler Kevin Nash.

Playable trucks[edit | edit source]

  • Grave Digger
  • Carolina Crusher
  • Boogey Van
  • Bigfoot
  • Bearfoot
  • Police Truck
  • Wildfoot
  • Stinger
  • Black Stallion
  • Snake Bite
  • Samson
  • Rampage
  • Overkill
  • The Outsiders
  • Nitemare
  • Monster Patrol
  • Hollywood Hogan
  • The Hitman
  • Firestone
  • Executioner

References[edit | edit source]

  1. MTMG Forum - Heavy Metal Truck

See also[edit | edit source]

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