Review by darkpowrjd

"Oh, what this game could've been! Good, but should've been great."

I'll be quite honest with you. I read all the negative reviews with BMX XXX, a game that mixes BMX Freestyle with adult-style potty humor and objectives, and I myself was convinced that it was a bomb. Acclaim had done it again with it's lame games (i.e.: Turok Evolution, with it's clunky controls, come to mind). However, out of complete curiosity, I rented it for a few days, and when I popped it into my PS2 and started to play it, I was quite surprised. It played out better than I had once thought it would. However, oh man, what this game COULD'VE been.

The game plays not unlike the Dave Mirra series. You are given a bar of health on the right side of the screen during a session. The more you spill, bail, etc., the more stamina it shaves off. Once it's totally depleted, show's over, and the run is over. To get a goal/objective, go to any person showing a Triangle button in a bubble above his/her head. The goals, however, are where this game differs from others. There is a reason for the XXX in the title. Goals range from delivering hookers to a motel to getting a poodle for a dog and getting her horny so she and the other dog can, ahem, ''get it on'' (all that to get him to stop crapping in the park, mind you). Meanwhile, the strippers videos are here, albeit censored on the PS2 (don't know why they were, but oh well), as well as bucket-loads of profane language, with f-bombs all over the place, and seemly endless puns to the male genitalia.

The controls are a mixed bag, but once you get used to them, you'll be pulling tricks off much easier, although some tricks are unnecessarily harder to land than the others, and those who have been spoiled by Tony Hawk's easy-to-manage controls will have a hell of a time adjusting to how to hold a plant in this game, since the controls are reversed as to how to do just that. As for the bike itself, the movements are tight, and, as you collect better bike parts (which are scattered among all of the stages), you'll find that the tricks which were a pain to get down are now almost too easy to master.

The goals are adult-minded, but pulling them off is not so easy to do. The hookers mission, for example, forces you to deliver five of them in about two minutes flat, and if you have no idea where they are, then you're just about failed on that already, not to mention that if you spill while carrying anyone on your bike, you fail the goal, as well. Getting the poodle ''hot,'' another goal, requires you to get 20,000 points within the time limit. Easy until you find out that the minute and fifteen seconds they give you is for getting to the poodle, scoring the points, and then getting that dog delivered. Not so easy now, is it. As far as those stripper video's go, you must find all the pickups, gaps, and have the goals completed in a level to unlock them legit (sure, you can cheat, but why you would take the fun out of a game to do that is beyond me). However, replay value is there, and it is enough to pull you in, regardless of if you know how it's doing it (a word of caution before diving: ''Fruit Booter'' is biker lingo for ''Poser Roller-blader.'' You'll understand why I said that when you get to that goal). The create-a-biker function, which gives you a lot of options, is completely welcome.

The graphics are down pat with the level representation. The Bronx level is definitely looking like the Bronx, all right. However, the character models could've used some more lifelike movement to them, although there is enough to satisfy here. The graphics are colorful and clear, and while not perfect, do hold their own, and do what they are supposed to do.

The music is downright awesome. A soundtrack including Saliva, Green Day, and KRS-1 is welcome any day of the week, and you can definitely get down with this soundtrack.

The sounds are cool, too, until it gets repetitive. Some of the lines are, I'll admit, very funny (The Weiner King and the fireman who ''can't get it up'' comes to mind), while others are absolutely annoying (the roller-blader and his ''World's Worst Bikers'' line, and any of the pimp's lines, come to mind). Some are great at first, then get boring, then great again (the hooker's response to how much you suck and the hot salty nutsack comes to mind there). Also, at times, some people will claim that the XXX part can go too far. Actually, it does push the envelope a little farther than it should (the cut scene introducing the poodle job is a prime example). However, it's not too bad, considering what it could have been like.

All in all, Acclaim didn't do a real bad job with BMX XXX. People will give it a complete thumbs down, but BMX XXX grows on you. However, if Acclaim would have paid more attention to the repetitiveness that some of the lines would've done, and spent more time with the graphics and hard-to-master controls, this could've been the surprise hit of the year. Still, even with it's flaws and sometimes risky and repetitive dialogues, BMX XXX is a interesting, different game that is at least worth a rental. It's not what Acclaim said it would be, though, and it's a shame that it's not, because it could've been.

DP'S FINAL VERDICT:
GRAPHICS (8/10):
While the levels look outstanding with colorful detail, some of the character models are not as lifelike as they should be.
SOUND (9/10): The soundtrack is the best part of BMX XXX, with Saliva and Green Day headlining. The lines are a mixed bunch, however, and while characters like The Weiner King and fireman will make you laugh every time you hear them, some of the others, like the roller-blader, are unbearable after awhile.
CONTROLS (7/10): Movement is tight, but the tricks are sometimes hell to master, and people used to how Tony Hawk games do it's balancing will find it hard to adjust to BMX XXX's system of balancing.
FUN FACTOR (7/10): While some of the lines, like the pimp in the poodle mission cut scene, are one step below overboard, you will notice how, somehow, BMX XXX pulls you in without you even realizing it. Challenges are difficult, but not impossible, and the end results are sometimes a mixed bag, as well.
OVERALL (7/10): Oh, if Acclaim spent more time on key areas of this game. It could've been a surprise hit, and could've been a masterpiece. But certain key areas drag this down to just a good and decent game, which is unfortunate, because they had a good idea in their hands. Still, it's not a total failure, and those who are wishing for a challenge, or a break from traditional extreme sports games will have no trouble picking this game up. While a little too XXX and repetitive at times, BMX XXX is worth the time, but here's hoping that Acclaim get it right the next time they attempt a second try.


Reviewer's Score: 7/10 | Originally Posted: 02/04/03, Updated 02/04/03


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