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This bike needs more time in the shop.
posted by zMDude (SOUTHFIELD, MI) Jan 29, 2008
Member since Dec 2003
3 out of 4 gamers (75%) found this review helpful
That should come as little surprise, considering the developers of Nitrobike, Left Field, were the same people who made Excitebike 64. It's just too bad that the team has failed to evolve their designs beyond the N64's time, creating a game with a competent core, but too many flaws to overlook.
The first thing you will notice upon starting your first race are the graphics. I'd say that it looks like a Dreamcast game, but that would be insulting to Sega. That this game does not run at 30fps with such disappointing looks is laughable.
The game has a decent championship, in which you compete in various racing cups with events like eliminators, hoops runs, trick attacks and fast laps. Doing well at these allow you to run a series of races for the ability to move on to the next cup. Getting first place in the events gives you new bikes, upgrades to your bikes and more riders(that all look like a bunch of rejected SSX designs) to choose from.
But the part that matters is the gameplay. The Wii-mote is simply not made to support precise steering like a thumb stick or a real steering wheel controller. Add this to the bike's slippery controls and you'll be spending most of your races trying to keep your bike going where you want it to. This will lead to more frustration than fun, especially during the hoop havoc or trick attack modes, which demand perfection from tools incapable of it.
Also, the tracks, while more interesting than Excitetruck, are poorly made. Often you will fly off the track, or smash into something because you flew too high; punishing you for getting big air.
There is an online mode that I would love to have an opinion of, but since nobody is ever on, it's just wasted space.
Stay away from this game.
I MUST WRITE A REAL REVIEW!!!
posted by miko25 (LARGO, FL) Jan 22, 2008
Member since Nov 2004
6 out of 11 gamers (55%) found this review helpful
I rented it because Excite Truck is getting boring after a year. The graphics are bland but not terrible; however it does make the replay value low.
I also agree to the second reviewer in how they decided to make you unlock other tracks along with not many riders and the bikes being identical.
On the other hand the controls are tight and the music is not as wild as Excite Truck. I would still wait for MX vs ATV Untamed but this is not as bad as the others make it out to be; so still rent it.
I hope Excite Truck 2 will include Motocross Bikes nad ATV's with online play.
About as entertaining as watching a rock evolve
posted by pkessler (LOUISVILLE, OH) Jan 22, 2008
Member since May 2007
3 out of 8 gamers (38%) found this review helpful
This game gets a 2 out of 10 for sucking.
graphics are unbearable
posted by snowman (VERO BEACH, FL) Jan 20, 2008
Member since Jan 2006
1 out of 7 gamers (14%) found this review helpful
This game's poor graphics, make it entirely disappointing to play. It's not nostalgic, it's very sad. Unless you want to be reminded as to how far gaming has come, don't bother.
Nothing really special
posted by gcwjr85 (RICHLAND, WA) May 20, 2008
Member since May 2007
Are You Kidding Me
posted by ekimkay (SACRAMENTO, CA) Mar 4, 2008
Member since Mar 2006
thanks for that out, I felll better.
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This game needs more "Nitro" and more "Bike" in it
posted by JMichaud (BETHESDA, MD) Feb 7, 2008
Member since Jan 2008
The fun didn't last very long - the races got repetitive and I didn't find any joy in winning a race (other than to unlock more tracks for me to race on.)
posted by BigDaddy81 (XENIA, OH) Feb 6, 2008
Member since Jan 2008
A lot of speed but not much else
posted by youngpoe79 (WESTMINSTER, CO) Jan 28, 2008
Member since Sep 2005
Felt like an NES game maybe PSone
posted by TikiGuy (SEABROOK, NH) Jan 27, 2008
Member since Mar 2007
I had a hard time with the controller, but I didn't play long. There were times when my bike disappeared as I was driving, not an effect but a bug. It would jump around.
I was really surprised how old the graphics work. I know Wii doesn't have the best graphics but many games on the Wii work. Sonic is a race game and it looks good, this looked like it was from 15 years ago.