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INTERNATIONAL MOTO-X

Developer

Options

Distributer

Warner Interactive

1-4 Player

Game Type

Racing

Mem. Card

Review Date

Dec 1996

Setting the Scene

Moto X is the latest game from Warner Interactive. This is a racing game with a difference, Instead of maneuvering your way around a course using a four wheeled vehicle, you get to sit astride a motor cross bike. So if you ever fancied the thrill of a 500cc engine between your legs, bounding over various mountain terrain, then look no further.

Genre

Motorbike racing game.

Graphics

The graphics are super smooth, highlighting the bumpy, meandering tracks perfectly, from the rough dangerous wasteland that hugs the tight course. Perhaps a few more spectators could have been added to plough through, accidently of course, rather than the odd one highlighted at sparse intervals. The background scenery is a pleasure to behold as every detail is captured realistically, from the snow capped rocky mountains heading far off into the distance to the lush green fields lying calmly below the track.

Sounds and Effects

The sound effects are quite realistic, especially as you are lined up at the start alongside your opponents. There is the scream of eight motor bikes revving up at a high fever pitch, as you each await the green light to signal the dropping of the clutch, resulting in that perfect start. Unfortunately the engine pitch can grind on you after a few laps but this can be adjusted in the options set up.

Playability

You must first enter the options screen and select to customize your bike. Now all this will entail on your initial visit will be to select your racing colors from your helmet down to your boots and the shade of your bike., but as you progress through the stages, you will realise the importance of altering your gear ratios and tyres to the suite the performance on each type of track.

The object of the game is a race for position. Position wins points. The more points you collect, the more prize money you win. The more money you win, the more upgrades and repairs you can afford. The better condition of the bike, the higher your position could be, get the idea?

There are seven other riders competing against you in each race, over various different terrains. You must overcome the elements of mud tracks, dry tracks, icy and grit tracks. Set over four continents, the thirty tracks will offer you hours of challenging racing, from the barren deserts to the deathly mountainous regions.

The on-screen track monitor allows you to keep a watchful eye on your competitors, and the race and lap times, speed and race position are well situated so as to not impede your vision.

You may prefer to a few trial runs before you attempt a full blown race, therefore the addition of a practice mode should be found satisfactory. There are three skill levels to help you advance, which are rather cleverly set out as 125cc, 350cc and 500cc.

Should you complete all of the provided circuits, then how about creating your own track using the Moto X Track Editor facility. This addition will surely occupy the critics who will moan that the tracks are too easy or hard or bumpy. So create your own course to suite your preference.

Finally, the addition of a two player link up will satisfy those gamers out there who sometimes leave their consoles and find some mates to play with.

Value for Money

The sound is realistic but can grate on you after a few plays. The graphics are top quality. The courses look good but can soon become a bit boring. Int. Moto X has set a good standard for others to follow and possibly better in the future.

Opinion

ADAM

GRAPHICS:

Good

The two player link up was good fun, but generally it gets a bit monotonous going round and round the similar tracks.

SOUND:

Average

PLAYABILITY:

Good

VALUE:

Average

OVERALL
7/10

JIM

GRAPHICS:

Good

With the massive number of racing games currently available on the PSX, this one just doesnt quite make the mark.

SOUND:

Average

PLAYABILITY:

Average

VALUE:

Average

OVERALL
7/10

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