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This game has a good variety of race modes for one or two players- Single Race and Championship for one or 2 players, as well as a one-player Career Mode and Freestyle. To help you get the feel of the game, a handy Practice mode is available as well.
The control of the bikes is very tight, making them quite easy to steer. In Championship Mode, players can win money to buy parts in The Shop that will help improve performance, depending on the type of track. To help even more, it starts with a bit of money in the account before the first race even gets going; so that the bike can be prepped somewhat to possibly get a better finishing position. Career mode lets players create a racer by choosing a name, race colors and a bike, then attempt to make their way up the ladder from Amateur to a Championship Season. Freestyle gives gamers 2 minutes to pull off as many tricks as possible. As in real competitions, repeating tricks earns fewer points each time, so keep mixing things up. There is a total of 50 trick combos that can be pulled off in the game- four tricks are available in the race modes alone. Freestyle lets you cut loose with every trick in the game.
The rumble feature is used a lot in the game- the controller vibrates quite enthusiastically with every turn and bump. One complaint I have is that when you\'re in the air and come to the side of the track, you seem to run into an invisible wall, keeping you on the track. While this does make it easier to keep on course, it does detract from the realism of the game. Loading screens are a common sight when starting and between races as well, but the longest wait was only about 5 seconds, so the game gets going again quickly.
Considering the limitations of the PSOne\'s memory for video, this game looks good, as they did try to put a lot on screen. You will see some jaggies on some items, plus the track surfaces themselves have a somewhat pixilated look. The frame rate stays at a good clip, with no slowdown at any time. Status information is conveniently laid out around the corners of the screen for easy tracking. It would have been nice to have an actual speedometer instead of a small box though, but that is a minor complaint. Overall, things are nice and crisp and there is no mistaking your rider from the others unless you are colorblind.
Game sounds are nicely done- everything sounds as it should, from the bike engines to the roar of the crowds. Another nice touch is the slightly garbled track announcer, which is as it would sound from the starting line. The music for the game has been recorded by some of the top groups in the underground music scene, such as Taproot, Guttermouth and Primer 55. Most of the 8 songs were quite good, but do eventually get a bit repetitive.
· 28 real riders to choose from
· 24 tracks from motocross, super cross, freestyle and amateur events
· Combinable freestyle tricks
· 16 customizable bikes
· 6 modes of play
· Varying weather & track conditions
· 8 song soundtrack from various underground music bands
4 Block required on Memory card per save (min)
Up to 2 Players (without Multi-tap)
2 way split screen multi-player option
Uses Dual Shock Pad Buttons
Uses Dual Shock Pad Analog Sticks
Uses Dual Shock Pad Vibration facility
REVIEW SCORE GUIDE:
We promise that we have fully played 'Championship Motocross 2001' before writing this review. The scores given above are our honest opinion and were not influenced in any way by the manufacturer or distributor of the game.
SUMMARY OF FINAL RATING (%)
00 - 59 This makes your console seem like an older machine. It utilises little or none of the PSone power.
60 - 69 This game is little more than average and we advise renting or play-testing before considering a purchase.
70 - 79 This is a good solid title that should still appeal to those who like this type of game.
80 - 89 This is a fantastic game that we think you will enjoy playing for quite some time.
90 - 100 This game either pushes the boundaries of it's genre further than ever before on this system, or creates a completely new gaming experience. Either way, it should not be missed and is an essential purchase in our opinion.
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