Features traditional time trial mode and 9 other game modes, including the popular “Capture the flag”, “Gate hunt” and “Pathfinder”.
User reviews:
Very Positive (248 reviews) - 85% of the 248 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 24, 2012

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About This Game

Insane 2 offers a number of innovations in the off-road racing genre. Besides the traditional time trial mode, the game features 9 other game modes, including the popular “Capture the flag”, “Gate hunt” and “Pathfinder”, as well as some new competitions, such as bonus hunting, territory control and helicopter pursuit. All of these modes are also available in multiplayer, with up to eight players participating simultaneously.

More than one hundred and fifty races combined into championships and cup competitions take place in Europe, America, Africa and the Antarctic. The game has an enormous variety of long distance tracks: sand and snowy deserts, high-speed roads and impassable cross-country paths, African beaches and deserted Antarctic stations.

The game features 18 vehicles of different classes, from buggies to monstrous “Bigfoots”, as well as an additional prototype class. Rating points won in the races can be used to upgrade any of the vehicles, from a selection of 15 running gear, body or engine upgrade alternatives. Each vehicle is furnished with a detailed destruction system. Reaching the end of a course without suffering any losses is an enormous challenge that only a select few are able to accomplish. The opponents, who constantly create extreme situations, aren’t the only danger: players also need to watch out for railway crossings, heavy tanker trucks and even lightning in stormy weather.

Key Features:

  • 18 vehicles from six different types: 4x4, SUV, pick-ups, trucks, extreme vehicles and prototypes.
  • 20 locations, 170 races, 4 continents (Eurasia, America, Africa and the Antarctic)
  • 10 game modes, also available in multiplayer
  • Rating and game achievements system
  • Detailed vehicle destruction and a car tuning system

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP (SP2), Vista (SP1), 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM (1.5 GB for Vista/7)
    • Hard Disk Space: 1.2 GB Free HDD space
    • Video Card: GeForce 7900GTX/ATI RADEON X1900 XT or higher
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
Helpful customer reviews
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
Short version: Insane 2 is the best game i've played in a long time, but it's not without stupid easily-fixed flaws. It could have been perfect and recommendable to anyone were it not for these issues. As it is it's fantastic but beware of control/viewpoint frustrations.

Longer version:
It's amazing but annoying at the same time. Obviously a lot of effort has gone into making the game not only fun but also faithful to the predecessor and the developers have succeeded on both counts. Yet there are a handful of problems which smell of either corner-cutting or being ignorant to gamers who like to play games a certain way.

1st problem: (This one will be bigger to some than others) The gamepad controls are non-configurable. Yes it'll let you use a gamepad, no it won't let you set the controls how you like them. Consequently it maps accelerate/brake to the trigger buttons, which may be the way some people like it but i think this method of controlling speed is dumb. I usually use the right analogue stick, or a face-button if this function is not available. But as i said the game won't let you remap anything. So immediately i'm forced to play on keyboard because i just can't handle stupid controls. Perversely the game DOES let you configure the keyboard controls, so at least in that regard you can have it how you like. (fyi = az,.)

2nd problem: There's a choice of only 2 views and neither of them are on-car. Yep, for the first time in a long time a racing game offers no 1st person viewpoint; all you get is a 3rd person view and a slightly zoomed-out 3rd person view, both of which are irritating because they don't rotate the view consistantly to the direction the car is facing. It's bizarre, surely a 1st person view is easier to program than a 3rd person view, yet for reasons that will remain a mystery Targem decided to not to include one. Consequently you'll run into a lot of viewpoint issues particularly during the flag & pursuit events.

3rd problem: This is perhaps a personal preference rather than an arguable flaw as such. The "King of the Hill" mode from the first game has been replaced by "Pursuit", this is a hateful mode and is poorly recognised with many anti-player features which just make it more irritating than it needed to be. The idea is fairly simple; a helicopter will fly a scripted path with a searchlight directly underneath it, the player scores points by staying in the searchlight. It's fine as an idea but i do wish the developers had allowed more people to test the mode before including it in the game, it's riddled with problems. Firstly, most of the cars at your disposal (especially in the early stages of the game) simply aren't fast enough to keep up with the helicopter, how the AI cars manage it is anyone's guess (they cheat; is the answer). Secondly, when you get bumped and fall behind you'll need to catch up sharpish which means relying on your nitro boost. But this will run out just before you catch up and then takes so long to recharge that you've fallen behind again. What would've immeasurably improved this mode would've been to give everyone infinite boost. Another annoyance is that the helicopter will change direction without warning and on some of the tracks you have to do several laps just to learn the route and hope the cheating AI doesn't win before you do so. Again; a small fix would've been to have the chevron in the spotlight pointing the direction that the heli's going to take 1 or 2 seconds in advance.
As it is the game's shipped with a stupid mode that requires many many attempts (and a boatload of luck) to beat, while the rest of the modes can be challenging but always feel possible.

Also regarding modes: The game makes you wait for 4 or 5 championships before giving you a Pathfinder game to play, this mode was always popular in the original game and one of the main selling points, yet I2 doesn't provide you with this fun until you're 40% of the way through. If all the Pursuit maps were replaced with Pathfinder/Gatehunt/Jamboree maps then i'd have been a bit more forgiving toward the game.

Those are really the main problems that mark Insane 2 down for me, i love the game and heartily recommend it but it does really get on my tips from time to time. It's a worthy follow-up to one of my all-time favourite games, it looks fantastic, it's well optimised to run on lower-end systems, the racing is close and exciting, there are tons of events and a good variety of vehicles. I just wish more attention had been paid in certain areas. 8.5/10

PS: There's also no speedo, even though the stats say a car is faster there's no guarantee that it actually is, especially when they all jump the same distances.
PPS: Multiplayer: There were no games available on 3 seperate attempts to play. And i created a server which sat empty with no one joining for over an hour. Multiplayer is only for those who have friends who also play.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2015
Extremely fun off-road racer with more game types than you can shake a stick at. Visuals are beautiful and the gameplay is awesome. Missing in free-drive mode, else this would be a true successor of FUEL; one of my all-time favorites.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2015
Great arcade racing! Fast paced, nice music, diversity with regimes, simple controls, challenging on higher levels.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
Well, ain't that a bucket of fun! When you get tired of all those serious driving games, just boot this little guy up and have some fun in expansive, sharp renders of some great, colorful locations across the world and go crazy with the game's chaotic modes.

Great game to unwind with and generally have a good time in short sessons.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2015
Pretty graphics, very light and cool!
Full garage with a vast number of vehicles and parts.
Multiplayer is empty.
Only Xbox's Joystick.
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