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Review of MX Superfly

This game, however goofy the name is, is the extreme motocross similar to what you’ve seen in the X-Games. In addition, there is still the standard MX racing that the sport is based on. The game opens up with several modes. The quick ones are either quick race or freestyle. The race being self-explanatory, freestyle allows you to rack up trick points on a course a la Tony Hawk. In addition, there is career mode, a build your own course, and fun games that you unlock as you progress in the career mode.

I found the biggest shortcoming of this is the controls. The accelerate and steer are the same as you find in any driving game. This makes this very easy to start competing in races. Where the weakness is, is in the controls for the tricks. The tricks require holding down L2 or R2 along with some button mashes that are listed in the book. It ends up that the same trick keeps being done (point reductions for each subsequent) or the rider pulls a header since the right buttons weren’t pushed, so the trick never gets off. You can turn off the L2/R2 and just use the buttons, but then, you have to use the right thumbstick to accelerate. Overall, I found the button mashing for tricks to be counterintuitive and therefore limiting the fun.

In the race mode, there are some control issues regarding how the bike handles in certain situations. When rounding curves, it is sometimes very hard to keep the bike from sliding out, but it seems you can land almost at a right angle and move along without a problem. In other places it seems as if the bike loses control too soon. Along the track are the wrapped bales of hay. Just strafing it seems to be enough to stop the bike and throw the rider off. The steering controls also seem to be too touchy sometimes, and not touchy enough at other times. That seems to coincide as where on the track you are. If it is an area where there is a big drop to the side, then you can’t seem to get the bike to steer back onto course at all. When it is a tight, narrow area, then it seems to move at the slightest provocation, slamming you into a pole or bale.

The track editor is a fun feature. It allows you to choose all sorts of ramps, platforms and obstacles and place them where you want them. Then you can test the track to see how it works. If it isn’t good, you can move or delete the offending item. Once you’re done, you can save it, then do some freestyle on your own course.

The track editor is where I found one of the more humorous parts about the graphics, which are stunning. When the rider wipes out on a surface that is not dirt, such as a plywood deck, you still see dust fly up as if he is on dirt. It’s a minor thing, but it shows how the game doesn’t differentiate well with the surfaces. Otherwise, the graphics are crisp, no visible polygon seams or tearing and the shadow effects on the riders are dead-on. The backgrounds are also very clear and recognizable.

The sound effects are so-so. The bike sounds are muted quite a bit and don’t have that really loud whine. It’s either by design, or bad design. Not really sure. I’d rather have more realistic sounds and just ramp them down if they get too annoying. There are limited voices in the race modes. If you happen to run into an opponent, he’ll yell at you. There are, of course, some background sound tracks that cycle through each time you play. I even recognized one as a background tune on THPS.

OUR PLEDGE: We promise that we have fully played 'MX Superfly' 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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MX SUPERFLY

86/100

Review Summary:

"I think this game is one more generation away from getting it right. The graphics are spectacular, but the playability needs work to make it more intuitive. I know it’s hard factoring a driving game with tricks, but there are several ways to improve it. Hopefully, with some work they will fix it in the next release."

Score Breakdown:

Graphics  18/20
Playability  44/50
Sound  8/10
Lastability  16/20

Our Recommendation:

This is a fantastic game that we think you will enjoy playing for quite some time.

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MX SUPERFLY

MX Superfly was created by Pacific Coast Power & Light and is a Bike Racing game.

MX SUPERFLY FEATURES:

27 pros including #1 rider Ricky Carmichael

Earn cash in the all-new racing & freestyle career modes

Place ramps, buses and more with the Stunt Track Editor

22 race tracks, freestyle arenas, and massive environments to explore

11 mini games – deliver pizza, target jump and tear up a golf course

MX SUPERFLY OPTIONS:

• DVD Media
• 109 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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