Gravity Games Bike
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Review of Gravity Games Bike
The first thought when starting this game is “Oh no, not another attempt at a Tony Hawk ripoff.” This game captures that essence when first starting up. I’ve seen it before, and it usually goes down hill from there. Surprisingly enough, this is not one of those cheap ripoffs.
You almost believe that the THPS engine is being used for this game. The controls are just about the same if you are used to THPS. The X is hop, triangle grind, etc. There are no super combo tricks in conjunction with the shoulder buttons. Tricks are differentiated by the movement on the d-pad along with the buttons. Because controls are so similar, getting started was pretty easy, but I found that there seemed to be no points awarded for flips, just tricks. I quickly mastered grinding. Do a quick hop then do a grind. The grind button also does balancing tricks. The hard part was mastering the mid-air tricks. I kept trying to hit the X button at the end of a ramp, then the tricks--all to no avail. The instructions in the game are sketchy, so that didn’t help. I almost put this on the trash heap of useless games, but kept persisting. The free ride modes allow you lots of time to just ride around and get practice.
What I finally found was the bike has to be in the air before the mid-air trick buttons will even respond. The rider won’t even attempt to do the “superman” maneuver just riding around. What I also found was not to bother with the X button unless you had an immediate need to hop onto something, usually to grind. After mastering the moves in the free ride area, it was time to go to career mode.
Career mode is just like THPS. There are words to spell (G-R-A-V-I-T-Y) things to knock over, things to break, valves to open, point goals, secret items, etc. Get four of these, then the next level unlocks.
There are four modes to choose from. Quick Start, Career, Free Ride and Multiplayer. Quick Start and Free Ride are almost the same thing, except Free Ride allows you to choose which rider. They both offer unlimited time to ride in the level and practice tricks.
Career mode is where the levels are unlocked with the various level goals. Multiplayer has five different games to play against a friend to see who is the best.
In the Options menu are some features like a music playlist editor. You can remove that annoying song from the rotation if it bothers you so much. There are also a bunch of videos of Gravity Games bikers that are entertaining. There are several that are locked and can be unlocked through gameplay.
The graphics are excellent. There was no evidence of any pop-up, draw-in, tearing or other annoying problems. The camera angles in some areas caused situations where you could actually lose your rider behind a large object. That was rare and relatively easy to get back in control. The rider and the bike is rendered very well. Movement is fluid and realistic. The riders leave a streak of blood if they crash the right way, which was very cool. The levels are displayed very realistically, with lots of interactive items that, sadly, disappear once you’ve crashed through them.
There is not anything special about the sound effects except to say that they are very realistic and the soundtrack is good with a few recognizable groups.
OUR PLEDGE: We promise that we have fully played 'Gravity Games Bike' 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.
This review was written by Tom Downey © Absolute PlayStation
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