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Final Lap 2
Box artwork for Final Lap 2.
Japanese titleファイナルラップ2
Release date(s)
ModesSingle player, Multiplayer
Preceded byFinal Lap
Followed byFinal Lap 3
SeriesFinal Lap
TwitchFinal Lap 2 Channel

Final Lap 2 is a racing arcade game that was released by Namco in 1990. It runs on Namco System 2 hardware, and as the name suggests, it is the sequel to Final Lap, which was released three years earlier; as with the original game (and Four Trax), it allows up to eight players to play simultaneously when four two-player sit-down cabinets are linked together, but this one features four different tracks which are set in the game's home country of Japan (the Suzuka Circuit from the original game), Italy, Monaco, and the United States (which resembles the Test track that was featured in Pole Position II).

For a second time, the players must take control of either the Williams, McLaren, March or Lotus cars (which have been redesigned) in a Formula One race upon one of the four tracks. In the single player mode, the player's score will again be based upon how far his car travels, until the time runs out or he completes four laps of the chosen circuit - and hitting another car or a billboard (of which there are 12 new types in this game) will again not cause your car to explode, like it would in the two Pole Position games, but it will still send you or that other car spinning off the track. But in the multiplayer mode, up to eight players can again race simultaneously; this will again allow for better lap times, as those plain green CPU-controlled cars (which have also been redesigned) will appear less frequently. The United States track is the easiest one of the four, and is recommended for the novice players - and once you have mastered it, you will be ready to move on to the Monaco track, then the Italy one. However, that Japan track is the hardest of the four, given that it is the Suzuka Circuit from the original game, and is only recommended for the expert players or the players who had managed to master it in the original.

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