More Reviews
REVIEWS Hatoful Boyfriend Review
Before this review, there seemed to be an absence of a certain ornithological piece; a headline regarding mass awareness of a certain avian variety...

Murasaki Baby Review
When a little girl with an upside-down face finds a balloon, you better protect it from monsters!
More Previews
PREVIEWS Halo: The Master Chief Collectio Preview
Microsoft and 343 Industries want to bring the entire Halo saga to Xbox One and this collection does exactly that with new graphics for Halo 2.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
Release date: 09/30/14

Alien: Isolation
Release date: 10/07/14

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
Release date: 10/14/14

The Evil Within
Release date: 10/14/14


LATEST FEATURES Assassin's Creed Unity Interview: Ubisoft Talks Multplayer, Next-Gen Development, More
Ubisoft's first "truly" next-gen entry in the Assassin's Creed franchise takes the fight to France. Here's what you can expect.

PlayStation Download September 2014 - Updating Each Week
Sony's platforms always get plenty of new digital software and we'll bring you the list each week with the rest.
MOST POPULAR FEATURES The Updating List of PAX Indies
We're heading to PAX Prime! Are you looking to check out a few unique indie games while you're there? UPDATED: Dragon Fin Soup, Dungeon of the Endless,

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP shandog137
A Letter to the Big “N"
By shandog137
Posted on 09/12/14
I have and will continue to have a place in my heart for Nintendo. In fact, my first console was a Super Nintendo. The video game market has changed drastically since the early '90s and it seems like what once was platinum is more so along the lines of silver now. Nintendo has always been...

Pimp My Ride Member Review for the Wii

By:
vishnuarun
05/20/08
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE Racing 
PLAYERS
PUBLISHER Activision 
DEVELOPER Eutechnyx 
RELEASE DATE  
T What do these ratings mean?

Pimp My Ride is based on the MTV show - West Coast rapper Xzibit visits some pretty twenty-something, restores their junky car, and stuffs it with more presents than Santa Claus on a morphine high. Is it just me or was this always a bad idea? Isn't a car with flames, spinners, and TV screens way more likely to get jacked then a duct-taped van? Just a thought.

The game moves Xzibit’s operation from Los Angeles to fictional Pimp City, where the residents love tricked-out cars and must say “pimp” at least once in every sentence - a law that is punishable by death. Pimp. Xzibit adopts you as his apprentice and challenges you to open up a shop, despite a nameless, never-seen rival. I guess. Or whatever. Are we pimpin' yet?

Eventually, you’ll “pimp out” 15 customers and Xzibit himself (is that a good thing?), but first you need cash for all those fancy new flat screens. You can scour the streets and knock the spare change from parking meters or other cars (I guess cars have pockets now), but the real money comes from parking your ride for two identical-but-different Ghost Ridin’ the Whip dancing mini-games.

Yes, Pimp My Ride is about dancing. No, you don’t need any rhythm to play the mini-game. Zero rhythm.

The second half of Pimp My Ride is a far more entertaining blend of the TV show and Crazy Taxi. Xzibit shows up to introduce a customer, banter a little, and give you hints about which items the customer really wants. You have two minutes to find auto shops and pick a pimpin' new replacement for every piece of the car. A simple mini-game at each shop has you swing and mash on the Wii Remote to cut costs. Will the customer choose your whip over your rival’s? They will if you find enough upgrades, or if they know what’s good for 'em. Don't be messin' in my hood. 

click to enlargeTricking out cars and racing against the clock are the most appealing parts of Pimp My Ride. Even the script is half-decent, with a bit of unnecessary cursing that pushes the game to a Teen rating. The rest of the game, which emphasizes slow cruising and dancing, is both empty and a time-killer. The unrealized potential is distractingly apparent as you roam around the streets: How about some racing, or some “let’s go to the customer’s hangout” deliveries? Can we at least get a combo bonus for knocking two cars together? Pimp My Ride throws a few bones like collectible tokens or a hit-the-rival-car battle, but they mostly exist as short-lived, unexplained, and unrewarding intrusions.

However, even if Pimp My Ride was more of a racer, the terrible physics would make driving an ordeal. Cars stick to every wall or corner, bringing the game to a screeching halt, and the city itself is a nightmarish mess of obstacles, narrow alleys, and dead-ends to trap players.

It would also help if Pimp My Ride didn’t crash my Wii half of the times I played it. Fortunately, the auto-save feature is pretty good at preserving your progress; you usually won’t have to repeat any fundraising shenanigans.

A pimped-out whip has to look good, so it’s sad to see Pimp My Ride looking like a PS2 port


More information about Pimp My Ride
 
D Revolution report card
Views: 1140 Review rating:
comments powered by Disqus

More On GameRevolution