Acclaim's Freestyle Motocross is almost here.
Acclaim Entertainment recently granted the gaming public some details on their upcoming motocross title on the PlayStation. The game is entitled Freestyle Motocross: McGrath vs Pastrana. Freestyle Motocross is to be the first motocross game to blend elements of racing and stunt gaming in one seamless gameplay experience, and if they succeed, this title would definitely be one to keep your eye on.
Acclaim Max Sports, a division of Acclaim Entertainment, announced today that the title is set to hit retail stores on Thursday, November 2nd. The game is being developed by Z-Axis, a reputable developer whose recent works include Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX, also published by Acclaim.
Steve Felsen, the brand director of Acclaim Max Sports, had this to say about the announcement, "We're excited that our second Z-Axis developed game will have two of the same ingredients that made Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX such a hit: total fun and maximum replay value." This statement shows Acclaim's apparent intention to stick with the winning formula of their Z-Axis developed titles in the past.
Freestyle Motocross features both Jeremy "Showtime" McGrath, the 11-time Supercross Champion, as well as rookie Travis Pastrana, who is a very popular rider in his own right; in the game. Pastrana is the 2000 125cc MX Champion, as well as the 1999-2000 Freestyle Motocross X Games gold medallist. Acclaim hopes the appeal of these two stars will popularize their motocross racing title with fans of the sport.
Travis Pastrana, the game's co-star, commented, "I am really pumped that my first videogame will be in stores soon. I know freestyle fans will enjoy pulling off some of the same stunts I used to win this year's X Games." Travis may well have reason to be excited, as Acclaim's latest title promises to be a very enjoyable motocross experience.
The game is to feature some diverse gameplay challenges, as the developers plan to make it possible to achieve victory both by time and stunts. The game also has several features, including thirty freestyle motocross stunts, nine stunt-based interactive environments, five game modes, customizable bikes and riders, weather, time and environmental effects, two player split screen gameplay, and also a Card Room section that grants the game more than thirty specially designed mini-games.
Motocross fans have no doubt been salivating over THQ's upcoming Ricky Carmichael motocross title for the PlayStation 2, but Acclaim and Z-Axis look to steal some of that title's thunder by producing a high quality, enjoyable racing game of their own for the PlayStation, which is still very much alive despite being caught up in the PlayStation 2 firestorm.
10/30/2000 Bryan Keers