You would think that the life of a video game reviewer is all fun and games. So
many would willingly trade a life or vital organ to spend their life playing and writing
about games. Let me tell you, its not all its cracked up to. Sure you get tons
of games for free, and you even get a lot of software before its even released. And,
yes, it drives the ladies wild when they find out youve got three video game
consoles at your disposal. But all this glamour comes at a price. That price is having to
play games like Motocross Mania.
Every now and again I
plop in a budget title hoping to be impressed (but knowing that its not likely to
happen). This is a port of a pc game that Ive never played (or heard of for that
matter) and its not a game Im likely to search out either. I have to wonder
what is going through someones head when they produce a game that is so far behind
the curve that it makes first generation games look good. Do they honestly believe that
quality doesnt matter if a game is cheap enough?
I really dont know where to begin with the game. I found
myself doing dishes and balancing the checkbook in an effort to avoid having to play it.
Simply put, its not very fun. Choppy doesnt begin to describe the graphics,
and the controls are so insensitive that they hurt feelings on more than one occasion. The
trick options are incredibly limited and pretty unexciting to watch. Sure you can tune
your bike and compete in lots of tournaments, but if you cant stand to play the
game, all the options in the world wont make a difference.
Usually I enjoying tearing a game apart, but sometimes it just
feels cruel. There are lots of other areas of the game that I could criticize, but I feel
like Id be beating a dead horse and Id start feeling guilty for not heeding my
mothers advice, "If you cant say something nice
" The thing
that makes me most sad is that if youre reading this article, I know youre not
the kind of person to get sucked in by this game. Youre a savvy gamer whos
looking for the best of the best. Titles like this are aimed squarely at the uniformed:
namely, the parents of gamers. No doubt, parents will be picking this up for their kids in
droves. "Little Johnny always did like dirt bike racing," theyll say to
themselves. "And look, its only ten dollars. How could you go wrong?" For
those of you who get this on their birthday or in their stocking, you have my sympathies.
Usually, I can think of at least one demographic that might enjoy a particular game, but I
honestly cannot think of a single person who would enjoy this mess. It gets two stars
simply for the price.