Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX Preview
We have just received a near-finished bets copy of Acclaim's Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX title. The BMX game that runs under a slightly enhanced engine that powered Thrasher: Skate and Destroy will be the first among the three BMX titles to be released, Mat Hoffman is expected to be released this November, T.J. Lavin is expected around the start of October and Dave Mirra will be available before all of them on September 27. With this beta version of Dave Mirra I was able to explore most of the game areas, play with most of the bikers, and check out the ProQuest mode.
Well the visuals weren't changed much between this and the demo, but what I was happy with was that the BMX bike were made bigger and now looks less frail than the demos. If you read my previous preview on Dave Mirra you should remember me complain about the detail in the bikes, they looked frail and weak. After I started Dave Mirra the first thing I looked at was if the bikes were made more bigger and had some bulk added to them, luckily Z-Axis has made an improvement. Now the bikes look tougher, better constructed and best of all, real. The wheels were also a bit thin and yet again Z-Axis prevails there, the wheels in the demo looked deflated, but the current ones have been improved and look more lively. I'll be honest about the visuals, they aren't incredible but they are great though. The character bodies aren't very unique and don't look much different than the other, never the less the textures and environments remain great and pack a whole lot of exploration to do.
Truthfully it seems as if Dave Mirra may have the more deeper gameplay. ProQuest is generally like anything you've played in an extreme game, this is your season mode where you complete a number of objectives and endeavor to get to the top of the BMX world. The deepness of Dave Mirra comes in with the amount of selections you are allowed to make, if you pick Dave Mirra as your rider in any mode then you will have to select one of four different bikes that Dave Mirra has ridden/riding, such as the Haro Mirra 540 Air, Haro Mirra 540 Air Upgraded, Haro Mirra Flair and the Haro Mirra Pro. Picking someone else like Ryan Nyquist will grant you; Haro Backtrail X1, Haro Backtrail X2, Haro Backtrail x3, and the Haro Backtrail Pro. Every rider has at least four bikes to choose from all with their own unique stats. After your done picking your BMX transfer you then move on to pick gear, such as which one of five outfits your rider will wear, along with BMX brands slapped on the wear. And finally after getting dressed you have the choice of picking one of eleven locales for your biker to thrash on. There is more to Dave Mirra but I will save all the other excellent features for my review. I think that Dave Mirra may very well pose a tough challenge to the Tony Hawk based Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX, both titles are looking incredible an you'll have no choice but to get both of them. Dave Mirra has a great amount of stuff in it, this is one game you should consider purchasing before the PS2's arrival.
As for the games sound, the soundtrack has been revealed this week and here it is again:
Sublime -- What I Got
Cypress Hill -- Dust
Rancid -- Maxwell Murder
Social Distortion -- Don't Drag Me Down
Deftones -- Be Quiet And Drive (Far Away)
Primer 55 -- Loose
Pennywise -- Greed
Dropkick Murphys -- Never Alone
59 Times The Pain -- Got It All In Sight
Swingin' Utters -- Stupid Lullabies
The sound effects are great the bumps, crashes and landings come out very good. But the main concern of sound in this game is the soundtrack, that is somewhat recognizable, with bands such as Sublime, Cypress Hill, Deftones and Rancid. Dave Mirra's soundtrack is almost as star studded as Tony Hawk 2's. Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX is scheduled to appear September 27th, we will have the review as soon as we get our hands on the game. Check out the screens to keep your BMX hunger sealed.