After his first successful outing on the Playstation, our buddy, 10 time world champion Dave Mirra is back with more good old BMX action.
First featuring on the Playstation2, Dave Mirra 2 became an instant success due to the hard work done by the team at Z-Axis. The title looked good, played like a dream, sounded awesome and played on huge interactive environments. After the emergence of both the XBox and GameCube, Acclaim ported the title over to both new consoles in order to make the game available to owners of those machines.
I write it in that manner as you need to remember our friends overseas have had both machines for some time now and in a way it's certainly beneficial to us with them as our guinea pigs.
The beauty for Cube owners is that two more levels have been added to this already huge game, Venice and Greenville. Many locations are based on real life areas and will feature some recognisable landmarks. Others are there for playability and the sake of the game.
It seem that Z-Axis have learned from some of the mistakes made in the previous game on Playstation and fixed up a lot of the errors contained therein, making this title the most powerful BMX game on the market at this time of writing. Dave although to look at him, is not a corpse and is actually capable of some pretty gnarly stuff in the hands of a competent player.
Every level has objectives and scores that must be reached in order to proceed onto the next part of the game. Some are easy to obtain, others are so hard that it's ridiculous. Fortunately the game is designed to allow for a learning curve so it's only a few levels in before it gets a bit tricky. Although it is pleasing to note that there are several levels of objectives in each map (area) that can be achieved by the enthusiast gamer and really gives a lot of life to the single player in Career Mode.
The title supports Alternating Multiplayer for 2 people and these games would have to fall into a mini games area with my personal favorite being who can make Dave screw up the worst. Yes, that's right, the worst crash wins the round! Naturally there are also straight forward competitions as well to see who's king of the bike.
14 pro riders are available but if you just want to laugh and laugh, choose the Slim Jim Guy. For those of you not in the know, Slim Jim is a snack in the states basically like beef jerky or dried meat. Takes ages to eat but isn't too bad.