Well there are plenty of things to like about this game but plenty to complain about too. First of all the fact that Ricky actually left Kawasaki causes the game to have an unreal feel to it right off the start. It’s like your watching a video game or something – it’s just not right! But that’s another story. For now, let’s discuss the game.
The premise is fairly standard but the folks at THQ have thrown some cool variations at us, in order to separate it from the other titles on the market. You have the standard practice and career modes with options of choosing a pro MX-SX career or Freestyle. One of the variations included in the freestyle is that you get a shot at the fearsome Bus Jump…Its fun, you’ll like it.
In the freestyle career you go from event to event and try to out duel the competition in various stunt quarries and stadiums which populate the digitally created world that is MX2002. Every stunt is at your fingertips. Unfortunately it is way too simple to pull of a back flip – sorry Cary & Caleb, I already pulled it off in competition a few hundred times!). Anyways – If you don’t like freestyle games you will after you get a night with Ricky Carmichael.
The pro career starts off way too easy. You will play the role of an up and coming 125 amateur rider who decimates the field all season long in preparation for taking your place along side digitally replicated clones of the real pros. However, once you win the amateur series and get promoted to the 125 West SX Championship things get a bit tougher. But that is a good thing because the pro 125 class is a whole lot easier than 250 and you will need to learn the tracks and the way the game reacts to getting beaten! The THQ AI (Artificial Intelligence) is in fact a sore loser. But, if you are good enough you may get an invitation to the THQ US Open in Las Vegas and a shot at $100,000!
As you progress along the season you are offered the opportunity to practice at the upcoming tracks or you can take time out to participate in Freestyle competitions. All in all the path to SX & MX glory is a fun filled, action packed dirt bike extravaganza that will leave your thumb throbbing and your eyes twitching. Did we like the game then? Yeah – it was cool.
We tested the game on both the X-Box and Playstation 2 platforms and found no significant difference in the game play either. If anything the Playstation controller configuration makes the game easier, but that’s about the extent of the differences we noticed. You can rest assured that either way your going to have some fun playing this title. One word of warning – don’t expect to fire up the career mode and have a tough time – the amateurs are Nancy boys. Your best bet is to get used to racing WFO and prepare for the pros because they are fast and they play dirty!
According to the THQ website, these are the features they want you to know about:
30 real riders from the 125cc, 250cc and free- style ranks including: Mike Larocco, Kevin Windham, Ezra Lusk, Carey Hart, Trevor Vines, Mike Jones, Nick Wey, Brock Sellards and new amateur sensation James “Bubba” Stewart and 21 more.
22 motocross, supercross, amateur fantasy and freestyle tracks exclusively featuring Loretta Lynn’s Amateur National Champion-ships, the Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championships, the Free Ride Moto-X Championships and the THQ US Open.
An innovative stunt combo system enabling an exhaustive list of freestyle tricks including signature moves including Carey Hart’s “Hart Attack” and Tommy Clowers’ “Catwalk”.
Tight, responsive controls to pull huge wheelies, stoppies, tail whips and more – everything but the arm-pump!
6 different multi-player modes: including Stunt Showdown, Challenge Race and the Step Up Challenge
Create-A-Rider feature with all the big name-brand sponsors to choose from More than 10 fully customizable bikes Unique racing career modes with sponsorship deals and factory offers Head-ringing soundtrack featuring real bands from the moto-world’s underground.