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Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX Preview

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   The original BMX game in development, Acclaim has revealed more of Dave Mirra's fully licensed and endorsed BMX title. With Activision's Mat Hoffman title, and THQ's recently announced T.J. Lavin title, it look like the BMX competition is getting more stiff than ever. With three titles being developed and are currently scheduled to be released this year, gamers will have one hard choice thinking of which one to buy. Dave Mirra has won multiple X-Games medals over the past few years. Mirra won't be alone of helping Acclaim work out the project, Ryan Nyquist a fellow BMX-er will lend his skills so that both Ryan and Dave can help Acclaim work out the physics, stage design and more. Check out the first look at Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX, which is currently scheduled to be released this December.

   Visually the game is definitely on par with Mat Hoffman's title. The character detail has been set and the result looks incredibly good, for the early part. It is hard to believe that the game is at an early stage, and Acclaim has already made the BMX title look so pleasing to the eye. environmental detail is (gulp) better than Mat Hoffman's at this point. By looking at all of these screens Dave Mirra's title has larger and more complex yet better looking areas. The bikes look no different than those found in Mat Hoffman's title. Enjoy these screens for now.

   The gameplay is already getting my hopes up. From what I have read the multiplayer modes may be better than Tony Hawk's or Mat Hoffman's. Decide for yourself:

   B-M-X: A mode like HORSE

   Gnarliest Crash: I hope this is self explanatory (fingers crossed).

   Sickest Trick: The highest scoring trick gets the gold.

   Longest Grind: (Duh!)

   Just hearing the modes makes me think how much fun it will be playing this game two players. There is quite a variety of courses to choose from, 12 to be exact (hopefully some secret ones), and Acclaim has also said that there will be a lot of freedom all around in each course. Ooh, what really made me tingle is that the game will have a unique feature called Skeletal Dynamics System (SDS), this is where when the biker falls and his crash is created in real time! So that means that it will a rarity that you will see the same crash over and over again. As always Acclaim says that there will be a very promising and deep trick system. Ten characters will be included, Dave Mirra and Ryan Nyquist will be two of them that's for sure. As you progress through out the games main mode (season or career) you will gain more skill, and many more possible moves. I should also mention that the developer who will be creating this title is Z-Axis, creator of Thrasher: Skate and Destroy, so it is a very safe bet that this will be the more realistic BMX title out of the bunch.

   BMX titles are the next big thing this year, three are scheduled to be released this year and I won't be surprised if another developer creates another one. It's a tough call, between Mat Hoffman and Dave Mirra, I would just buy both of them. They both look equally impressive and I would definitely get both titles. Until now, we will try to update this preview as much as we can.

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