Danger Zone 2

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Fun racing mayhem loses speed with limited play options.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Gameplay highlights and reinforces the danger of driving recklessly.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players take on the role of a nameless driver. Nothing known about the driver's motivation, no character development, but willingness to crash into things and other cars limits the driver's positivity.

Ease of Play

Simple controls, easy to learn, though it becomes increasingly difficult as you progress.

Violence

No blood or gore shown, but purpose of game is to drive recklessly and cause accidents and crashes. Player cars are also packed with explosives to detonate surrounding vehicles and objects, increasing the mayhem and points from damage.

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Consumerism

Sequel to Danger Zone, which also focused on car crashes and racing.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Danger Zone 2 is a racing game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC. This game is a sequel to 2017's Danger Zone, which also focused on car crashes and racing. While Danger Zone 2 is a violent racing game that focuses on accidents and destruction of property, there's no inappropriate content to be found in the game, although the fast pace and reckless driving could give the impression that crashes aren't dangerous. In fact, while you cause horrific car crashes, and your car is rigged to explode to score more points and take out surrounding vehicles, you never see anyone being hurt or killed. 

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What's it about?

Like a lot of arcade car games, DANGER ZONE 2 doesn't have a story, but is instead a series of increasingly tougher challenges. These skill tests require you to drive so recklessly that you cause accidents, creating so much damage that you reach a predetermined dollar goal. Aiding you in your quest for vehicular mayhem are some rather relaxed laws of physics, and explosives in your trunk that are armed after you hit a certain number of cars.

Is it any good?

Like so many games, this arcade-esque car crash simulation gives players an opportunity to do something they could never -- and should never -- do in real life. As with the originalDanger Zone has you trying to cause car crashes in an attempt to cause so much damage that you reach a specified monetary goal. To help, the laws of gravity have been relaxed, so cars fly when struck. Your car also comes equipped with an explosive you can trigger if you hit enough other cars. You can even, after exploding, manipulate the weakened laws of physics to somewhat control where your car lands, moving it into oncoming traffic or into one of the power-ups that litter the road.

But while the original Danger Zone was shallow and boring, this sequel is deeper and more fun. You still can't pick your car or change the difficulty, but you now have two different viewpoints to choose from, while the roads are more varied than the simulated spaces from last time. It also helps that instead of an enclosed space, you're now driving on a highway alongside some unsuspecting commuters that you can knock off the road or into other vehicles. That said, there's still room for improvement, not only when it comes to lacking options. For example, it could use a more distant camera angle from the car to help you see what's coming. Similarly, the menu text, which is so small and white against a light background, makes it difficult to read if you sit at a reasonable distance from your TV. Even with these issues, though, Danger Zone 2 is still a fun bit of vehicular mayhem; just don't try this at home.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the dangers and violence of racing and accidents. Is the violent impact of this racing game limited because it's clearly unrealistic that racers can survive so many crashes and accidents without physical harm? Could the game be as much fun without the high-speed crashes?

  • What's the allure of driving recklessly and over the speed limit on roads and city streets in games? Would players get the same adrenaline rush from this kind of driving if they were racing on a closed track or circuit at a stadium instead?

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