September 13, 2000
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One of the first games on the Dreamcast was Acclaim's Trick Style. Indeed when no Ozisoft games showed up for launch this was one of the most requested titles. Almost a year later the game has hit the bargain bins with a price as low as $AU29.95. With this in mind it was about time for a review of one of the first Dreamcast games.
Remember the hover board sequence from the movie Back to the Future 2? Well, Trick Style is very similar. Set sometime after World War III hover board racing has become a major sport across all the continents. The races occur in England, Japan and America. The game consists of 9 selectable characters which includes Brad, and Aussie! As usual, each racer has his or her own strengths and weaknesses, which can affect the races.
Trick Style is a rather straightforward racing game. After selecting your character you will be asked if you want to do the training or go straight into a race. During your first couple of goes the training is invaluable to learn how to overcome obstacles and perform tricks. Pulling off tricks can take some mastering, especially when trying use the magnorails, which act like a roller coaster. Other tricks such as jumps, 360° spins and power thrusts are done with the hit of a controller button, but timing is essential.
Unfortunately one of the most important aspects of the game, performing tricks, seems to be under utilised in the races. Performing a trick during a race can actually slow you down, especially if you mess up the jump or spin. Perhaps there should have been a reward such as a speed boosts for each trick you perform. As it is there is little encouragement to do these jumps or spins while racing. The stunt races on the other hand are a lot of fun and allow you to put all your trick skills to the test.
There can be no denying the visual splendor that is Trick Style. Upon first playing the game you will be amazed at the amount of detail on screen. The characters are wonderfully rendered and the tracks are richly detailed and, unlike many other games, actually look like they are set in different countries. Unfortunately Trick Style's only runs at 30fps which makes the game feel a little sluggish compared to newer games such as Crazy Taxi and MSR. The game also contains some slowdown that becomes quite noticable in 2-player mode.
With such a cool game you would expect some very cool music, and Trick Style doesn't disappoint. The game has a strong Techno based soundtrack, although it's not as good as the Wipeout games on Playstation which had the input of Prodigy, Orbital and Chemical Brothers among others. The speech in this game, unfortunately, becomes very repetitive with the characters only having a couple of phrases to say. The sound effects are very good and tie into the style of the game perfectly.
Trick Style is a nice title which should keep you occupied for some time. With as much style as the Wipeout series on Playstation the game is certainly an eye opener. If it wasn't for some minor game play niggles and some obvious slowdown this game would have scored in the 90's. Although starting to show it's age, at $AU29.95 you can't go wrong.