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The key thing to wonder is whether it\'s different enough from THPS to go out and get it. Well, it is. There are plenty of differences between a skateboarder and a bike rider, and this game showcases them.
All of the bike tricks are, of course, completely different from board tricks. There is a grind function which uses the same button pushes as THPS. Other than that, there are some really nice acrobatic moves you can make on the bike. The rider goes much higher and you can really do some cool tricks, flips and moves while in the air.
This game while pretty intuitive to play is much easier if you read the manual and get some of the basic moves down. From there, it\'s just mastering the button mash to get the best combo points you can.
There are several areas you shoot for in each level. You spell a word by hitting the letters. You knock down all of the items, reach a point level and that unlocks additional levels. That gives enough variety to make each level quite interesting.
Playing the game was an absolute blast as it was very easy to get started with and yet the challenge level ramped up quite nicely. Learning to successfully pull off a complicated trick/combo is a feeling of pure exhilaration that really needs to be experienced.
I found the visuals to be decent, but not ground breaking. The various riding surfaces are easily recognizable and realistic. You have the splatter of blood when your rider lands wrong and the rider has a noticeable polygon makeup to him. The one nice thing is the riding areas aren\'t just a copy of a THPS course. There\'s a construction area where you can ride on grass, dirt, gravel, etc. Obviously no skateboard could go there. You still have plenty of halfpipes, etc. to perform your tricks on as well. In some areas, like next to buildings, there is a noticeable graphics \'pop-up\' effect where the wall disappears and reappears briefly.
There is a nice rockin\' soundtrack that rotates through several songs and mixes genres (there\'s hip-hop and alternative music). Sound effects are true and believable.
· Featuring an enhanced version of the Tony Hawk\'s Pro Skater game engine, Mat Hoffman\'s Pro BMX is the most cutting edge and authentic freestlye BMX gaming experience ever!
· Ride like ten-time World Vert Champion Mat Hoffman or seven other top BMX Pros while pulling off hundreds of combinations of tricks and pro signature moves in realistic Street, Vert, and Dirt courses.
· With innovative game features, realistic BMX physics, a pumping alternative soundtrack, detailed graphics and intuitive controls, Mat Hoffman\'s Pro BMX™ is the ultimate BMX experience!
· Ride Like the King!--Ride with the skills of the undisputed King of BMX--Mat Hoffman, or seven other top pros, including: Mike Escamilla, Dennis McCoy, Simon Tabron, Kevin Robinson, Joe Kowalski, Rick Thorne and Cory Nastazio.
· Catch Serious Air--With an easy-to-learn trick and combo system, perform hundreds of tricks, combo moves and pro-signature tricks. Test your skills in eight Street, Vert, and Dirt courses filled with challenges, secret areas, and interactive objects.
· BMX Course Editor--Create your own custom BMX courses in real-time 3-D, with over a hundred different variations of ramps, rails, funboxes and other obstacles. Then save your customized courses to memory card and share with friends.
· Multiple Modes of Play--Single-player modes include: Single Session, Free Ride and an in-depth career mode that lets you upgrade your rider and bike stats as you progress. Two-player competitions include: H.O.R.S.E. and split-screen Destruction Derby and Graffiti.
1 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 'Mat Hoffman Pro BMX' 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.
IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ:
It is very important that you are aware that the criteria we use to obtain review scores on the PS2 is very different to that used for games on the original Playstation (PSone). The Processing and Graphical power of the two consoles are vastly different and as our reviews are graded against what we estimate is the achievable potential of each system, it does not mean in any way that a game scoring 80 percent on PS2 is worse than a Playstation (PSone) equivalent which scores 95.
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