Motocross Madness from Microsoft offers an extreme motocross experience and delivers the thrills of the stunt quarry, Baja course and indoor or outdoor track racing in beautifully rendered 3D (hardware) accelerated graphics. You control your riders movements and the bike separately and an advanced physics model takes care of the rest delivering an outstandingly realistic game play experience. Control the bikes braking, acceleration, gears and steering while altering the riders center of gravity.
Terrain, rider and bike graphics are very impressive when your hardware meets the requirements to run Motocross Madness. Mountains loom before you, dust kicks from the rear tire and when your rider misses a landing you can almost feel the bumps as he/she skids or bounces across the unforgiving track or open terrain. Indeed if you have a force feedback joystick there is no almost about it as Motocross Madness supports force feedback through the DirectInput(R) API. Full motion video of actual motocross events is of good quality and add to the excitement of the game.
Sounds in the game are also impressive as is the background music. Hear motors rev and the unsettling crunch of man and machine as they impact at high speed with the maybe too realistic terrain.
This is a game that offers great replay and money value. Events in Motocross Madness include: The Stunt Quarry, Super Cross, and Baja courses. Five (5) different stunt quarries are available as well as over 30 indoor and outdoor tracks. With so many events and multiple tracks and quarries to choose from the next racing or stunt challenge is just a mouse click away. As if these were not enough there are 16 different stunts to master and you can even taunt other riders as you leave them sucking exhaust and dust.
This feature rich game offers still more, when you get too good for the supplied tracks, build your own with the simple to use track editor and when computer opponents no longer give you enough grief on the track try out the multi player capabilities of Motocross Madness.
All things considered, this is a game that will quickly find its way to your favorites list.
Graphics: Great 3D Hardware Accelerated Graphics.
Sound: Sounds are appropriate and of good quality.
Enjoyment: If you are a Motocross lover. This is the game for you.
Replay Value: The review says it all.
There are only a few things I will never, ever do in my life, and I think taking up dirt biking now tops the list. If anyone dares to ask me why, I'll just hand him a copy of Motocross Madness.
Microsoft's new supercross racing game portrays the sport in all its agonizing glory -- a fast, maniacal sport that's more fun (and much safer) to watch than it is to participate. You can't help but laugh as your on-screen persona flies through the air with the greatest of ease, and cringe as he slams into the earth like a meteor. This game probably won't do much to recruit people into the real life sport, that's for damn sure.
There's many different ways to play this game. One is to simply kick back and see how wild you can drive these two wheel demons, since each of the thirty tracks can be practiced without any interference from opponents. If you're feeling a little cocky, there's a library of sixteen midair stunts to perform with a controller combination. These show-off moves won't do much to aid you in your racing abilities, but when you actually land the bike after a stunt (a trick in itself), it's incredibly satisfying. And for the sadists out there, it's a trip to watch your biker tumble and skid across the sand. Can't say I blame you for seeing how many different ways you can smack up your vehicle.
But obviously the real deal is the racing element, and the developers made the competition completely customizable. You can tweak the number of laps, the amount of challengers, even choose the style of bike and rider for the specific type of track. Better still, the game offers some mean competition over the net with up to seven other opponents. Try locking wheels with a bunch of buddies who love to watch you wreck and see how far you can get around the track!
The game is well balanced and a kick to play and the only real complaint spawns from the game's hefty system requirements -- 3D hardware a necessity because of the game's photorealistic imagery. As in most fast-paced games, the smoother the animation, the easier it is to control. So if you don't have the hardware, don't bother with this game.
As a final note, we've been playing Motocross Madness with all sorts of controllers, including force-feedback sticks, control pads, even the keyboard. But the one controller to keep an eye on is Microsoft's own Sidewinder Sensor. While it controls most racing games well, it really fits this game perfectly with its handlebar shape and control method (you tilt it, and it recognizes the subtle movements left, right, back, and forward). The controller isn't perfectly suited for all types of games, but if you're looking for something different and versatile (as well as something that fits this game like a glove), Microsoft's controller definitely fits the bill.
People who downloaded Motocross Madness have also downloaded:
Motocross Madness 2, Midtown Madness, Midtown Madness 2, Monster Truck Madness 2, Moto Racer, Moto Racer 2, Monster Truck Madness, Moto Racer 3: Gold Edition
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