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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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GRAVITY GAMES BIKE

90/100

Review Summary:

"This game is joining the ranks of THPS in the extreme games genre as an excellent buy. Its only shortcomings are no tutorial mode and no online gaming capabilities. Rather than try to stupidly differentiate themselves, Midway has wisely chosen to keep controls relatively similar and have recognizable goals to reach in each level. It’s a slightly longer learning curve, but an excellent game."

Score Breakdown:

Graphics  16/20
Playability  48/50
Sound  7/10
Lastability  19/20

Our Recommendation:

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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GRAVITY GAMES BIKE

Gravity Games Bike was created by Midway Sports Asylum and is a Bike Racing game.

GRAVITY GAMES BIKE FEATURES:

Official Gravity Games license

21 riders including seven top pros: Dennis McCoy, Fuzzy Hall, Andre Ellison, Leigh Ramsdell, Jamie Bestwick, Reuel Erickson and Matt Beringer

Pull insane tricks in more than 10 wide-open freestyle environments filled with challenges and obstacles

Totally realistic rider animations with more than 400 motion captured moves

Two player competitions including Graffiti, Race, Horse, and Team Attack

Six insane game modes to choose from

Easy-to-learn trick and combo system — perform more than 1,500 distinct dirt and vert tricks

Get up close and personal with the pro riders in behind-the-scenes DVD footage. Plus, DVD Extras!

- Real Gravity Games(TM) Competition Footage

- Check out Fuzzy ride in his backyard

- Dont miss rider interviews and motion caputre for the game

GRAVITY GAMES BIKE OPTIONS:

• DVD Media
• 43 KBytes required on Memory card per save (min)
• Up to 2 Players (without Multi-tap2)
• 2 way split screen multi-player option
• Uses Dual Shock2 Pad Buttons
• Uses Dual Shock2 Pad Analog Sticks
• Uses Dual Shock2 Pad Vibration facility

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