More Reviews
REVIEWS Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival Review
Amiibo Crossing is (not very much) fun for the whole family!

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash Review
[Update] Mario’s latest tennis game can be a multiplayer blast, but the single player experience is pretty shallow.
More Previews
PREVIEWS Stellaris Preview
Paradox Interactive turns their lends from history to space, with their 4X/grand strategy hybrid.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Eiyuu Senki - The World Conquest
Release date: Out Now

MOP: Operation Cleanup
Release date: 12/01/15

JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Eyes of Heaven
Release date: 12/17/15

Read More Member Blogs
Windows 10 Review for Dummies
By Ivory_Soul
Posted on 08/11/15
After all these years, and growing up with Windows 3.1, I have seen an entire evolution of computers and software. Touch screens and large resolutions were a pipe dream just 15 years ago. Now it's the norm. Going from a Packard Bell (yes, before HP) that couldn't run 3D Ultra Mini...

Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX Preview

Dr_Moo By:
E Contains Mild Language

What do these ratings mean?

Cooler than poppin' wheelies.

Cruising around on the back of my Diamondback Viper, freedom at my fingertips, I was a master of the universe. I mean, dirt bikes were pretty much the only effective means of transportation for a 10 year-old kid living in a hilly neighborhood. No offense, Mr. Hawk, but try riding a skateboard uphill.

I used to think I was a bad ass on a dirt bike. Then a few years back I caught some X-Games qualifying round and realized that, in fact, I had no idea how to ride a bike. Apparently, just pedaling around and hopping the occasional curb ain't good enough. In addition to twirling the things around like a pair of nunchuks, these guys can make a bike cook them dinner, clean up their room and tuck 'em in at night.

In Acclaim's upcoming Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX, you can't actually get your bike to turn on the oven and bake you a chicken. But you can come damn close. Following in the vein of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, this one looks to do for biking games what Activision's masterpiece did for skating games.

The game lets you play as one of 10 different BMX pros on 12 different tracks, all of which are wide open without fixed paths. The freedom is pretty much limitless and you can ride on just about everything.

The big selling feature of this puppy is its open trick system. One button determines the trick type (backflip, rocket air, etc.) and another button determines the modifier (no hands, no feet, etc.). The combinations are nearly unlimted, and new tricks become accessible as you progress through the game.

Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX also features kick ass crashes that use the Skeletal Dynamics System. The SDS allows for real-time, unique crashes based on particular situations. For instance, let's say you smash into the roof of a building. Rather than just fall off the bike in a crumpled heap, your biker might slide down the roof and hold on to the edge for a second before falling off, then landing on the ground with arms and legs flailing about. Trust me, it actually hurts watching some of the collisions.

In addition to the basic Session and Freeride modes, you'll also find a Proquest that allows you to build up your stats and access new gear. As you beat the different stages, you'll be able to open up hidden features and more tracks.

Playing by yourself is fine and dandy, but Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX also gives you 10 multiplayer games including HORSE, Longest Grind, Sickest Trick, and my personal favorite, Gnarliest Crash. Though I must admit, everyone's got a different definition of "gnarly."

Whether or not this game can capture some of the magic that made THPS such a hit has yet to be seen, but from the preview build I've been playing with, I think it certainly has got a shot. We'll have to wait until October to find out. In the meantime, tighten your pegs and grease your sounded dirty.


More from the Game Revolution Network

comments powered by Disqus

More information about Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX

More On GameRevolution