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Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX

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All-Reviews.com Video Game Review: Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX Publisher: Acclaim
Category: Sports, Bicycling
Platform: Game Boy, Dreamcast, PS1
ESRB Rating: Everyone    Release Date: November 2000

Overall Rating: 2 Stars out of 4

Review by Tom Allen
2½ Stars out of 4
(Review of Game Boy version)

The glory of quality 8-bit programming and design lives on in this outstanding little Game Boy Color adaptation of the PlayStation Dave Mirra game.

The Up button on the control pad is used to accelerate; the down button is for braking. The A and B buttons, combined with the control pad, are used for tricks.

The levels are well-designed, making use of ramps, bumps, and even rails for grinding. Each level has a unique location (the woods, a schoolyard, etc.) that comes alive through colorful graphics.

The surprisingly good sprite animation and 3-D controls for the bike make this game worth a look for fans of the sport and casual players alike. Dave Mirra should be proud to have his name attached to this title.

Review by Tom Allen
2 Stars out of 4
(Review of Dreamcast version)

Trading in Tony Hawk's skateboards for bikes, Dave Mirra is the first biking stunt game for the Dreamcast. The big news is the trick modifier, which results in over 1,200 total tricks. However, many tricks and basic moves are too easy to perform, especially grinding. Grinding was fairly easy in Tony Hawk, but Dave Mirra is almost insulting.

The game isn't as fun as it should be. You can't do a Superman move for more than a split second, but for some reason you can do a double back flip, which is impossible to survive in real life.

The soundtrack is great. The songs from Sublime, Cypress Hill, Rancid, and others aren't overly spastic, letting you "get into the groove." Acclaim should have put equal effort into securing more bike brands and licenses, though. In the end, the Dreamcast version doesn't much improve upon the PlayStation version.

Review by Tom Allen
2 Stars out of 4
(Review of PS1 version)

One of the most hyped games in recent memory, Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX is the first game to trade Tony Hawk's skateboards for BMX bicycles and dirt and street tracks.

The big news in this game is the trick modifier (circle button), which results in over 1,200 total tricks. However, many tricks and basic moves are too easy to perform, especially grinding. Grinding was fairly easy in Tony Hawk, but Dave Mirra is almost insulting.

The game isn't as fun as it should be. You can't do a Superman (no hands; circle plus down) move for more than a split second. More real-life bike brands should be selectable. Also, graphics are bland.

The soundtrack is great. The songs aren't overly spastic, letting you "get into your groove." Expect to hear "What I Got," "Dust," "Maxwell Murder," "Greed," "Loose," "Don't Drag Me Down," "Stupid Lullabies," "Never Alone," and more.

Overall, the Dreamcast version should be better. For now, I'd stick with Tony Hawk unless you're a die-hard biker.


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