BMX XXX

Overview

BMX XXX is the latest BMX game to emerge from the continuing success of aggressive street sport games. Unfortunately it’s nothing to do with the mints of the same name but instead it’s intriguingly revolved around the sex industry. That basically means there’s porn involved. An interesting combination you may think and you’re probably thinking its some kind cheap marketing ploy, judging by the way it’s been plastered all over gaming news like fleas off a dog, solely advertising its explicit nature. It seems that the publishers think that the public will buy this game only because it contains female nudity. The sad thing is they’re probably right. I’ve tried to look beyond the naked women for a few moments to see if the game actually offers anything new and exciting, hoping that it’s assets aren’t it’s best assets, if you catch my drift. What did I find? Not a lot…

Gameplay

BMX XXX is based around 9 fair-sized levels from the Bronx to a space shuttle launch pad. There are well designed levels, each giving you the opportunity to make good use of the range of tricks on offer, which is decent enough but the game is to be let down yet.

Hardcore Tour is the single player game and in this you ride around each level with your selected character. All in game characters are fictional after all links with Dave Mirra were removed, but this doesn’t really matter as the game would probably still be pants if it had his name on it anyway. Anyway, each level consists of 20 challenges such as escorting prostitutes (sheesh, who made it up?) to getting rid of dog poo for a caretaker with a mouth like a toilet. That’s just the first level! They’re certainly imaginative in some cases but often pretty boring and samey.

Unlike Aggressive Inline, there’s no camera option to give you hints as to where challenges are so you can be occasionally milling about scratching your head. Challenges can be found by going up to people on the street such as pimps and asking them. Also scattered among the level are bike upgrades, so to complete a level you must find all the gaps, get all the pick-ups and do all the challenges.

Across 9 levels there’s certainly enough to do but the controls let the game down terribly. Manoeuvring your bike around the streets can be frustrating and time consuming. Bikes are hard to control and very unresponsive and when it comes to linking combos it becomes very tough. Seeing your rider falling to the ground and sliding along in an unrealistic wooden fashion soon becomes a trend and a tiresome one.

A few challenges in and it is apparent that you could easily put the game down and go back to Tony Hawks. Perhaps developers Z-Axis thinks that you’ll play it anyway to get Scores strip club videos? Well they’d be wrong, I sincerely hope. The game sadly seems to be sold on this notion, peppered with bad language, bad jokes and polygonal prossies the so-called mature game feels disappointingly immature. But did you really hope for much else when you read the previews?

The 2 player mode is also disappointing and fails to save the game. It tries with imaginative multi-player games. 2 to be precise. One involves a BMX style strip poker game where players string together the longest combo to avoid having their clothing removed (How sad would you have to be?) and the other is actually not bad. It’s paintball and it involves one player shooting the other as they try to grab boom boxes from around the level. Fun, but only for a very limited time. There’s also the standard best score wins but that had to be there didn’t it really.

Other than the rather naff one player game and the mediocre 2 player game, that’s it. There’s no free-ride mode and no park editor which becomes the icing on the cake.

Graphics

Graphically BMX XXX is of a satisfactory level for a PS2 game of this kind, however this is saying very little. The levels are probably the games best graphical element but it has to be said that comparisons to the presentation of Tony Hawks will leave this game lagging behind. Jagged edges are the first thing you’ll notice and it seems that some PS2 titles still can’t shake them off. Other than this the game looks solid but there’s nothing giving it that spark that’s needed, unlike its companion in the AKA series Aggressive Inline, lighting has little or no emphasis. Generally the graphics are slightly short of the brilliance of the critically acclaimed inline skating game and things like in game characters let it down. Pedestrians seem to be comprised of blocks like an old PC game, unable to manage fully rounded body parts. This game just doesn’t cut the mustard.

Everything is detailed enough including the levels but it’s the riders that excel in this field. In game options give you the opportunity to change your rider’s appearance and clothing. It’s a shame most things look too fuzzy.

Animations are mostly poor. On the whole though the graphics reflect what it is, a highly marketed and not particularly anticipated game. Does the game deserve such publicity though? Not really.

Fun Factor

The 2 player paintball game can be fun for a little while and maybe even some teens will find amusement locked in their room with it spending all night trying to get a glimpse of a nipple. For the rest of us over 15 the game is too frustrating and dull to pursue. Going to a strip club in real life would obviously be a lot more fun and will probably cost you around the same price as the game.

Overall

BMX XXX is not all you probably expected and after playing you’ll realize how sad you were for even getting remotely excited over the screen shots. If you have to, rent it at best. BMX XXX is an amusing concept on paper, but ultimately let down by immature gameplay, frustrating physics and poor game modes.