Review by SkWiRrEl KiNg

"Frustration and Nudity-- Together At Last!"

Ever since this game was announced ages ago, I had been following it and anticipating its release. I stuck with it through the loss of Dave Mirra's endorsement, through the censoring of certain versions of it, and through the ban certain stores have put on it. My anticipation had grown ever stronger through Z-Axis' excellent Aggressive Inline. It would be an understatement to say, however, that I was disappointed in what Z-Axis had ''rewarded'' the gamers of the world with.

Graphics- 7

I'll have to admit, the graphics of BMX XXX look pretty nice. Given, they aren't the best graphics I have ever witnessed, but for the action/sports genre they are more than acceptable. The animation while on the bike and the animation of the moves available to the player are excellent, however, the animation once the character leaves the bike is where this score really suffers. There are no wonderfully painful crash animations, leaving the character to unrealistically bounce around, limbs flopping around like a rag doll. This may not sound like much, but when you consider the fact that the original Tony Hawk had better bail animations, there has to be something wrong.

Sound- 9

The music in this game is excellent. The licensed tracks are all very good, and thankfully unedited. Also, the lines that characters and random pedestrians spout are oftentimes hilarious.

Gameplay- 3

This is where this game really falls apart. The game lacks any form of a revert maneuver, thus making most combos embarrassingly short. Speaking of the tricks, some of them seem to not be worth the effort, as they do not score enough points, and are very unforgiving on the landing. The life meter was a nice addition, but it would have been nice to make some sort of way to refill it. Also, the early challenges are very unbalanced, many seeming too hard to complete in such an early stage of the game.

Rewards- 4

The most sought after rewards in this game are no doubt the Scores videos. However these are extremely hard to earn, even in the early stages of the game. After all the work that it takes to earn one of these videos, you'd expect them to be at least a minute long! However, I doubt that any of the videos even come close to that mark, and there are very few of them to earn. Also there is the topless mode in the character creation, but being able to earn this bonus will lead to much frustration, too much considering that this genre most usually gives the player a view of their character from behind!!!

BMX XXX is as frustrating as it is mature. If I were you, I would only pick this game up if it were extremely cheap, I had the cheats to unlock the videos, and I could get excited over somewhat grainy, short videos of strippers that never go the entire way. I, however, am not.

Final Score (rounded down)- 5


Reviewer's Score: 5/10 | Originally Posted: 06/23/03, Updated 06/23/03


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