Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2
is by far the most graphically advanced extreme sports games currently available. Sure, it may be the only extreme sports game on the next gen consoles right now, but only a fool would ignore it's graphical prowess. First off, the levels are huge. By my estimates, most of the levels are at least four times bigger than the previous Dave Mirra
games. What could be better than that? Oh, crisp distinct textures and barely any pop-up, you say? Well, consider them free of charge, but I'm afraid that I can't throw in the no slowdown coverage. Yep that's right - while Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2
may be a beautiful game, the effect is completely lost when it enters slideshow mode and drops to 15 frames per second. I remember parents throwing fits over how violent Mortal Kombat
was, but let me tell ya, this slowdown is downright gruesome. Other than that, the game excels graphically. One thing that really amazed me was how realistic the faces look. While choosing your character, the photo of the rider and the actual face on the model look almost identical. Also, the clothes are very nicely rendered, with folds in the fabric and clearly readable logos. Although water isn't always thought of as a staple in a BMX game, the water that is in Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2
is head and shoulders above any other game out there right now. Also, the little effects like dust trails and skid marks are done nicely. Overall Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2's
textures are perfect other than some minor seams on dirt hills.
What kind of music do you like? Whether it be Punk, Rap, Rock, or whatever Sublime is categorized as, Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2 has you covered. By including lots of different music from big name bands like Rage Against the Machine, Godsmack, Fenix TX, Sum-41, Ozzy and more, developer Z-Axis has insured that a wide variety of people will be happy with in the music department. Sound effects are the basic extreme sports fare, with grinding, grunts, car horns and the like, but it was the crashes that instantly caught my attention. Imagine if you will, someone dropping a box of Legos and three dollars worth of quarters down a flight of stairs at the same time. Perhaps the developers wanted to convey a tremendous crash, but it just comes off sounding like the Tin-Man tripped on his way to the Laundromat.