Replay Value: 8.5
The graphics are basically the same as Thrasher: Skate and Destroy, the character models aren't very complex and detailed but that leaves a lot of room to make environments look great. Although the biker models aren't as detailed as those in Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX, they still have their own distinct body builds, for instance Dave Mirra is a bit more bulky than his brother Tim Mirra who is thinner and lighter. Having said that, the textures in Dave Mirra are absolutely astonishing, they are far more detailed than those in Thrasher, solid and realistic are the only two words to describe the textures. The stages in Dave Mirra are huge, there are many things to explore and grind on. Some stages will have you grinding electrical wires or cloth-lines, others will have you jump from one ledge to another or even have you jump across a flatbedded portion of a train. Basically the atmosphere is very varied with numerous of different textures and other obstacles all over the arenas. The bike detail is very thorough, all of the bikes look realistic, nicely built and have their own specs. The one problem with the graphics is that the nice textures may sometimes horribly warp from one form to another, and sometimes some polygonal clipping occurs, other than that the visuals a positive.
Playing this game is much more fun than Thrasher, the speed is quicker and the jumps are higher. It is really hard to compare Dave Mirra to Mat Hoffman, both games have their ups and downs, but when it comes down to it all they are both virtually equal, here is the breakdown. Dave Mirra is more realistic and provides more stages, riders, and overall gameplay depth. While Mat Hoffman has the Create-a-Rider mode, Custom Park mode which is interactive with parks from Tony Hawk 2, the arcade style gameplay and the speed. Both games are pretty much in a dead-heat. Dave Mirra's depthness comes in with the 10 riders, 12 parks, 5 costumes for each rider, over 80 stunts for each biker, and 4 signature bikes for each biker. There may not be a whole slew of modes, but there are some hidden things in the Cool Stuff menu. The modes are very generic, you have the ProQuest mode, Session mode, and Free Ride mode. ProQuest is a career mode where the gamer has to accomplish various objectives throughout each stage. Every park contains three levels, Amateur, Pro and Hardcore with four missions to finish in every level. Completing every stage will open up a new stage and bike one by one, but Dave Mirra is a pretty challenging game so prepare to lose some hair. Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX is an extremely amusing game to play no matter what anybody says, I enjoy a great deal and still do. Make sure to pick it up if you enjoy BMX or extreme sports games.
As we all know extreme sport games are required by now to have kick ass soundtracks and Dave Mirra is no exception. The soundtrack is consisted of bands like Cypress Hill, 59 Times the Pain, and Sublime. Here's the full list of songs:
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
Controlling your biker is almost the same as any other extreme sports game out there. Triangle is for grinds, O is for air stunts, Square is for single stunt air moves, and X is for jumping. Analog can be used but I don't recommend it because you don't have the most precise control over the bike, but the Dual Shock feature is quite and packs a good hit.
Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX really surprised me with its great gameplay and exciting soundtrack. Mat Hoffman really has tough competition on its shoulders, Dave Mirra is a great piece of
video gaming software that really shouldn't be overlooked unless you don't prefer extreme sports games. Dave Mirra should be available as soon as you read this and retails for 39.99, after you buy Dave Mirra save up for Mat Hoffman, believe me your going to want both games.