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LEGO Racers 2
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LEGO Theme:

Video Games
Elements from:

Developer(s):

Attention to Detail Limited
Pocket Studios (GBA)

Publisher(s):

LEGO Software

Date Released:

2001

Genre:

Race

Mode(s):

Singleplayer, Multiplayer (2 players)

Platforms:

PC, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance


LEGO Racers 2 is the sequel to the first LEGO racing game entitled LEGO Racers, released for the PC, Playstation 2 and Game Boy Advance gaming systems in 2001.

General

In this game, the player has more freedom, as well as more characters to talk to. This video game is an open world racing game. There are five worlds, starting with Sandy Bay, Dino Island, Mars, Arctic, and finally the racing planet Xalax. Power-up is also used in this game. However, the way it works is different from the original. Players race around tracks passing through checkpoints in a correct order but they need to pass through checkpoints exactly. Passing around checkpoint does not count.

Opponents

The four racers from Sandy Bay are Workman Fred, Mike the Postman, Fireman Gavin, and P.C. Bobby. On Dino Island, Mars, and Arctic, there is a set of opponents you race on the four main levels of each world: Johnny Thunder, Pippin Reed, Mr. Cunningham, Cassiopeia, Mac, Frankie Solido and Baron Rosso. On Xalax, the racers are Ramas Lightor, Warrior, Duster, Ghost, Freeze, Chill and Snake. There are also four Bosses, one for each world, excluding Sandy Bay: Lord Sam Sinister (called Sam Sanister), Riegel, The Berg, and Rocket Racer.

Levels

There are five levels or worlds in LEGO Racers 2, each based on a particular theme. In addition to racing cars in the Racers product line, each theme is based on an actual series LEGO sets, and includes parts of those sets.

  • Sandy Bay: Based on Town sets. It is an island that has a town, construction site, and several beaches as well as a mountain in the center.
  • Dino Island: The next LEGO world you visit is based on the Adventurers sets. It is also an island featuring two rivers, a plateau with a volcano, a jungle, a tribal village, ancient ruins, and a few beaches. It constantly rains here, except racing at certain tracks. There are LEGO dinosaurs running which can't hurt you (although they can push you, a setback during races) and always run the same path.
  • Mars: The third LEGO world is based on the Life on Mars sets. It is a series of valleys in between tall cliff-like mountains. It features a martian mine, martian base, abandoned martian base, crashed space shuttle (which you arrive in according to the mini-movie), and two caves as well as two lava rivers. If you get enough speed in free roam mode, you can get on top of the mountains, but you will re-spawn if you get too close to the edge of the platform. Shortcut: the waterfall.
  • Arctic: Based on the Arctic sets. It is again an island, with a mountain that you may go inside of, an ice-locked freighter, an ice maze, an iced over lake with several large holes in it, and several bases. It constantly snows here, depending on the track you race through.
  • Xalax: The characters could be purchased from the "LEGO Racers" line, but the world does not resemble any particular sets. This world is a dome full of cheering fans and features a volcano in the middle of a lava lake, a jump, a loop, and a tunnel which you may drive upside-down in. Xalax is unique in that for each race the landscape changes. The racers are the Ramas Lightor, Warrior, Shred, Ghost, Freeze, Chill, Snake. Shortcut: go around the loop instead of on it, then back into the checkpoint.

Adventure

The Adventure mode is the main game in LEGO‚ Racers 2. It’s here where players move through the LEGO worlds in their quest to challenge Rocket Racer on Xalax. By winning races in Adventure mode, they will unlock tracks to play in other modes. Players will first be given the choice of starting a new game or continuing one that they saved earlier. If they start a new game, they will be asked to type in their name, and be given the chance to design a driver and build or select a car or before starting. Each time players win the race (excluding boss race), they receive a gold brick. They can explore around the world anytime the player wants, after unlocking the world. After traveling to Dino Island and after getting certain amount of gold bricks, players can travel to any Lego Worlds around without even defeating boss race, excluding Xalax.

Unlike Sandy Bay, there are foyers and have 5 tracks total for each worlds. Four of them are normal races (where the player races against 7 other racers) and one of them is a boss race. The player can race on these tracks in any order, except the boss race which can only be raced after defeating the rest of the race in 1st place. Players can ask Sparky to save the game anytime they want or explore the world and collect gold bricks or secret vortex, where in Sandy Bay players explore all the time.

Introduction

After Rocket Racer came in 2nd place from his last race (the original Lego Racers race that Rocket Racer challenged the player) and went walking along the road, he saw the advertisement about the race world Xalax. He decided to go up for a new challenge and drove through the portal that took him to Xalax. There, he challenged the aliens called Ramas for a race and soon he changed his uniform along with his car. He became the galatic racing champion.

Builder Option

After the player types the name, the player then builds the character then a car. Unlike from the Original Game, the player needs to build or choose 5 cars total, one for each world before first entering.

Sandy Bay

You start from this world. A character named Sparky assists you and lets you explore the lands, with the tips on playing the game, not just from this world but also at other worlds. Workman Fred, Mike the Postman, Fireman Gavin, and P.C. Bobby are the challengers of this world. Each character not only has its own car but also has their own track to race on with you. First, Fred challenges you on "Dig-A-Brick" track, Mike challenges on "Express Delivery", "Hot Stuff" from Gavin, and finally Bobby on "Bobby's Beat". This world also has portals to the other LEGO worlds in it, except the concept is a little different; if you are in the Mars world and are going to the Arctic World, you must go back to Sandy Bay and into the Arctic portal. Golden bricks can be found at the beach, at the top of the mountain, and on a ledge by the west beach.

Dino Island

After beating everyone on Sandy Bay, you can travel to Dino Island. The boss that the player is facing is Sam Sanister, who drops treacherous oil slicks behind his car to try and slows you down. His car is fast, having an engine increasing his power. When you beat him, Sam will give you the engine that powers and increases the speed of your car. Golden bricks can be found by the plateau, the mountain, and the serpent's mouth.

Mars

You need 7 gold bricks to travel to Mars. The boss of this race is Riegel, the head Martian. Unlike Sam Sanister and almost all of other racers, he drives his Giant Mech. Also his Mech has a shield and cannot be hurt by the power-ups nor he cannot pick up and use the power-ups. After you beat Riegel, you are rewarded with Martian shield generator to make your car tougher. Golden bricks can be found in the maze, the waterfall (also a shortcut), and Riegel's tribute.

Arctic

9 gold bricks are required to enter. The boss of this race is The Berg, a large ice-monster. Unlike all the other races, he does not drive a car. He runs leaving giant ice stalagmites behind him and gets a head start. He cannot be hurt by the power-ups and cannot pick up the power-ups. Once you beat him, he’ll give you super-grip wheels. Golden bricks can be found in the plane, the doctor's base, and on the trapped boat.

Xalax

You need to beat all the other bosses in order to go to this world. Rocket Racer, the boss of this world, is waiting for you to race. He has all of the upgrades that you earned from each world boss. After Rocket Racer is defeated, he will happily hand over the trophy, as the title of the greatest racer in the galaxy. Golden bricks can be found near the tunnel, near the mountain, by the loop, and by a Rampage.

Upgrades

Upgrades can be obtained by winning bonus games. There are total of 10 upgrades that you can achieve. They are not required, but they are helpful.

There are three categories of upgrades available

Grip: improves how well your car turns and how much your car slides

Power: controls how fast your car goes and how much climbing power your car has

Shield: controls how much damage your car can take before disappearing

Arcade

  • The player writes the name then chooses the pre-built character then the car, after selecting the track that the player unlocked. In the 2 Player mode, player 1 chooses first then player 2.
  • Players can choose the number of laps unlike from the Adventure mode.
  • Just as from Adventure mode, players race each other by passing through check points in a correct order. The direction arrow at the top screen gives the player the direction to the next checkpoint.
  • When the driver looses all the bricks, they need to run on feet. Pit is the place where the driver needs to repair the car and/or get the car back.
  • Unlike from the Adventure mode, there are no upgrades, or gold bricks or hidden portals (vortex) to search. The only things that are present from Adventure mode are brick boost and power-ups.
  • Brick Boost helps the player's car move faster, just like turbo boost from Lego Racers, except players hold the Brick Boost button and they gain it one by one whenever they lose a brick. The more the brick boost is, the stronger and faster it is.

Time Attack

Just like from the original, the player records the best record lap for each track. However unlike from the orignial, the player does not compete against anyone but themselves. Once the player finishes the lap, the ghost appears and unlike from the original, that is the player's ghost having the best record of the lap. The player just keeps on repeating from then on until the player stops.

Bonus Games

Every bonus game contains easy and hard level difficulty. Except Sandy Bay, the object of this game is to collect certain items by driving into them and bring it back to the destination while avoiding vehicles along the way. Hitting the vehicle causes the player's car to loose all the item that the player was carrying.

Sandy Bay

Unlike the rest of the worlds, Sandy Bay has the Taxi level where you need to carry the passengers one by one in a taxi. Doctor Dave will ask you for the task in Adventure mode. You need to talk to the passenger first in order to carry; then you need to drive to the destination that the passenger wants. The destination is marked on a mini map after the passanger tells you where he/she wants to go.

Dino Island

In Adventure mode, Johnny Thunder and Pippin needs help fueling the vehicles. You need to pick up and bring back certain number of barrels of fuel.

Mars

In Adventure mode, Doc gives you a task to bring power crystals. You need to collect all of the crystals.

Arctic

In Adventure mode, Doc (the other Doc) asks you to bring back weather balloons. You need to bring back certain number of balloons. However, if you try to carry 5 balloons, then you will float away, where you need to drop all of the balloons to stop floating away before continuing. You will automatically being dropped all of the balloons while trying to carry 5 after a few seconds.

Xalax

In Adventure mode, one of the racers Warrior, gives you training exercise. You need to collect certain amount of drones. Unlike every other bonus games, the drones move around in circles.

Builder

Like in the original, Lego Racers 2 also lets you build drivers and cars but with different concepts. LEGO Racers 2 has more bricks but fewer characters to make and edit. However, while in theory this means that more individual racer possibilities exist, the number of "widely used" parts is much lower, and only a few possibilities that exist are commonly used. This also follows over to cars. Additionally, you cannot change your player at any time during adventure (story) mode, further limiting options. You can build more than just one car; in adventure mode however, you can only build one car for each world.

Character Builder

Unlike from the original, players create their player in a specific order. They first choose head, then hat, chest, and finally legs.

Car Builder

LEGO Racers 2 also includes many different vehicles that aren't specifically cars; such as trucks, cars with tank-like treads, hover cars, and snow vehicles with skis, as well as a "sail" snow vehicle that you cannot build with the displayed pieces.

Also unlike in the original game, you have a limited number of bricks that they can use. You can only place 20 bricks total, 1 for the car plate. You must at least place one brick on a car plate in order to save and/or store your car.

Power-ups

Power-ups are various types of weapons that can be used while racing. You obtain a power-up by driving over a white, spinning, glowing LEGO brick. A counter appears that cycles through all of the power-ups; the one it lands on is the one you get. You may press the power-up button to stop the counter if you see one that you want. It takes a quick hand, however. Otherwise, the counter will automatically give you a bonus based on your position in the race. Those in last place will receive the best power-ups. Unlike LEGO Racers, there are no power-enhancing bricks for a power-up. When you get hit by one of the power-ups, LEGO bricks fly off the cars. Losing all the bricks forces you to continue on foot, in LEGO minifigure form. You has to walk to the nearest pit stop to get your car back in that case.

Disk power-up fires a flying disc in front of your car. The disc will bounce off any object it hits, except cars or once it runs out of power, in which case it explodes. You can get another power-up once fired. It is very powerful, like the drill it eliminates around half of the bricks on your opponents car, but is very hard to use. Symbol: A disk with blades.

Advanced use: If you press the power-up button, while pushing the look back button, you can fire the disc backwards; which can be useful if you are being chased by a Missile, as the Disk can destroy the Missile, or if you need to fire someone behind you.

Explosion power-up creates a bubble of expanding energy around and behind your car. When the energy expands to a certain point, it explodes, harming every racer in the vicinity of the bubble except for you. Symbol: A storm cloud

Advanced use: You can charge the shot by holding down the fire button (note that if you keep charging and don't drop it as follows, it WILL damage your own vehicle.) If the fire button is held and then released at a certain time, the bubble will fall behind the car and explode as described above. If a car runs into a dropped bubble, it will suffer more damage than normal. Damage is variable with this power-up, dependent on how deep you drive into the bubble.

Missile power-up fires a homing missile that you may lock on to any racer. The same with the disc, you can pick up another power-up once fired and tracks. Occasionally it will explode (by hitting something) before or once it reaches target. It easier to cause damage with than the drill or disc, but it does less damage - around a third of bricks. Symbol: A bloodhound

Advanced use: You can also select the target using Next Homing Missile Target & Previous Homing Missile Target buttons. That way, you can target any car in the game.

Drill power-up fires a drill missile in front of your car, eliminating around 50% of the opponents bricks that are hit. The drill behaves like a torpedo. It does not lose any power until it hits the landscape or a building. Symbol: Drill.

Advanced use: You can also ride on the drill by holding down the power-up button, as a speed-boost. You can also ride in water and lava. However, if you ride on it for too long, it will detonate once it hits the landscape or a building, causing damage to your car. You do not have a control over the direction of the rocket while holding it.

Stealth power-up makes your car invisible to other racers. Also, it prevents the Tracking Missile power-up from hitting you and you will be able to overtake other players unnoticed. It lasts for around eight seconds. Symbol: The gray ninja

Advanced use: You can bump into other racers to steal the power-up they have. Not only that, you can see the power-up the other players have over each car.

Whirlwind power-up creates a stationary whirlwind that causes cars to veer away from it, spinning out of control, and will also take some damage. Once you press the power up button, it will drop on the track in a few seconds. It lasts for 5 seconds. You won't be able to pick up any power-ups while this lasts. Symbol: A twister

Advanced use: If you hold down the power-up button, the whirlwind stays attached to your car. As it grows bigger, it acts as a shield, deflecting anything that tries to hit you. If you keep it attached for too long, you will suffer minor damage.

Destruct-a-brick power-up creates a force that first turns the screen yellow for half a second, and then takes 3 layers of bricks off every single car (except for yours) for six seconds. It is very rare, and is the most powerful power-up in the game. Because it is the most powerful power-up, it does not have an advanced use. Symbol: Flying LEGO bricks

Characters

Tracks

Sandy Bay

  • Dig-A-Brick
  • Express Delivery
  • Hot Stuff
  • Bobby's Beat

Dino Island

  • Tribal Trouble
  • Dino Dodgems
  • Cretaceous Canyon
  • The Lost Race World
  • Sam Sanister's Slammer

Mars

  • Red Run
  • Deimos Derby
  • The Phobos Anomaly
  • Contact
  • Riegel's Racketrack

Arctic

  • Winter Wonderland
  • Ice Canyon
  • Slip Sliding
  • Chill Thrill
  • The Burg's Royal Rumble

Xalax

  • Wheeled Warriors
  • Smash 'N' Bash
  • Vertigo
  • Beyond the dome
  • The Grand Finale

Battle

This mode is only available in 2 player mode. The object of the game is to knock out the opponent's car with power-ups. Certain power-ups cannot be used but brick boost can be used. Missile and Destruct-a-brick cannot be used in Battle mode.

Game Boy Advanced

The GBA version features different concept from PC and PlayStation 2, while it still shares a lot of things in common.

In story game, while the story line is still the same as from other platforms, there are several differences. First, when building a character, the player chooses its head and chest and legs. There is no option to choose hat. However, players can choose any parts in any order they want and they can randomize the parts anyway they want, just like from Lego Racers. It does not feature car builder and players only drive around one car the whole time. The player has an option to go on a test drive on a certain track that Sparky gives first before moving on. The player does not travel through a foyer to race. The player is always exploring, just like in Sandy Bay from other platforms but it is not an open world.

There are 19 gold bricks to collect, each from racing for 1st place, except in Xalax. Other than upgrades for car or a trophy, the player also receives the gold brick from each boss once the player defeats them. There are no gold bricks, other than from racing for 1st place.

Riegel does not drive a mech. Instead he drives the flying saucer, so not only Riegel can use and pick up power-ups but the player can also use power-up to attack Riegel.

The Berg does not get a head start and he does not even leave ice stalagmite. Like Riegel, he also can be hurt by power-ups.

Xalax racing is different from other worlds. Instead of receiving gold bricks, the racing system is similar to Circuit Race from Lego Racers. Just like almost all other worlds, there are 5 tracks that the player needs to race through. The player must win all 5 races in order to be the champion. If the player looses at certain point or decide quit, they start back from where they lost or quit. For example, if the player lost on the 3rd race, then the player starts back at the 3rd race and does not go back to the 1st race.

After being a champion, players cannot race again in story game. Players however do have an option to race again either in single player mode or multiplayer mode.

The home town is called Brickton, not Sandy Bay, despite the fact that the some characters still call it Sandy Bay.

All the tracks from this game are completely different, while still having the same setting. They also have guard rails.

There is no pit for a player to fix the car and the only way to fix the car is to pick up the brick piece, which restores 2 by 2. The car can hold up to 4 hits. The player does not run on feet when it lost its power. However, the car does run slow and hard to steer.

Players can unlock the opponents and choose how many opponents an what opponents player wants to face against.

Bonus games are a little different in GBA. They are Cops and Robbers, Collect the Eggs, Tube Racing, and Collect the Meteors.

GBA also has Special games which are Battle Game, Capture the Flag, and also Construction Game.

Battle Game is similar to other platforms; however, here if the driver gets the certain number of hits, then that driver responds to a certain location and does not get knocked out. The Driver with the most number of hits given to the other driver in 5 minutes is the winner.

Other

You cannot change your player at any time during adventure (story) mode, further limiting options. League is the game mode only available in 2 player mode and is the mode where players races through a specific track order up to 10 and the player with the most number of wins is the champion.

Trivia

  • In LEGO Racers 2 the player has more freedom than in the first game. In LEGO Racers you are bound to the track, however in LEGO Racers 2 you are able to go off the track and explore the island or world while you are racing.
  • In the original LEGO Racers, you race against five opponents in general. In LEGO Racers 2, you are racing against seven opponents.
  • Bosses in LEGO Racers 2 are not always a normal character with a kart, like in LEGO Racers. As example, the boss of the Arctic world is "The Berg", who you could see as the Abominable Snowman, who races on foot.
  • LEGO Racers 2 features a comeback from several characters featured in LEGO Racers, like Johnny Thunder, Baron Von Barron (Sam Sinister in LEGO Racers 2) and of course Rocket Racer (but in different uniform).
  • There are only eight different heads, hats, bodies, and pairs of legs to choose from, there are also seven types of car chassis for every world.
  • Even though this is the sequel to Lego Racers, it is developed by the different company ATD (also known as "Attention to Deail Limited").
  • After getting all the 35 gold bricks, Sparky will put on a Fireworks display at Sadny Bay.
  • Professor Voltage appeared in beta version of LEGO Racers 2, where he acted as a guide to the player. He was also shown in the first Trailer. This role was changed and was given to Sparky in the final game. Despite this, Professor Voltage's model, textures, and icon are still present in the game's assets, and through file modification or memory editing it is possible for the player to play as him. His appearance in LEGO Racers 2 was quite different from his others, with gray hair, altered face and shirt detail, and brown pants.

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