More peripheral “racing” titles always tend to be a pretty mixed bag when their focus is on much more streamlined action than the racing people would normally think of. By title alone Street Outlaws 2 might inspire visions of Need For Speed: Underground or titles in that more traditional space, but instead this is more in the vein of The Fast and the Furious with a focus on drag racing technique and tuning. While, to a degree, I can appreciate the attempt to add some elements to increase the challenge like warming up your tires or bumping to the line before the race, once it settles in that fundamentally very little changes in the core grind as you progress it’s hard not to feel the potential for excitement fizzle out pretty quickly. Sure, new equipment and tuning will adjust shift timing and things of that nature, and you can change out your crew for different perks and buffs… but it all quickly begins to glom together in your mind very quickly when there’s so little to the overall experience to latch onto for some variety or excitement.
Justin Nation, Score: