June 9, 2001
Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2 - Preview
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The streets are extremely detailed.
When it comes to extreme sport type games most people think of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 as the best game. While that may be the case Acclaim's Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2 is a very close second. Combining great gameplay and music with some excellent graphics the game provides a level of detail rarely seen before. Following the success, both critically and commercially, Z-Axis decided that a sequel was necessary. Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2 is scheduled for release on Playstation 2, XBox and Gamecube. While the surrounding screenshots are from the Playstation 2 game (and are a little blurry) all three versions should look very similar.

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Skid marks, of the good variety.
In Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2, players create their own rider and choose their own sponsors. Players then complete a variety of challenges to progress through the game and earn the respect of fellow riders. The ultimate goal is to unseat Dave Mirra as the top BMX rider. This is the only game to feature ten time World Champion and 11 time X Games medallist Dave Mirra, and 2000 X Games Champion Ryan Nyquist. As in the first game, other top BMX pros will be included to round out the action.

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Sorry about the blurry screens.
Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2 offers players eight new fully interactive game environments that are four times as big as those in the previous game and integrate traffic systems with moving vehicles, fellow riders and pedestrians. This franchise's open trick system defines the word 'freestyle'. There will be 1,500+ tricks possible in the game, more than any other BMX or skateboarding game. In addition, the raucous soundtrack features new cuts by top artists. Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2 features 10 multi-player games, including the Bikathalon, which gives riders the chance to muster all the multi-player games into one huge competition.

While it may not have as much build up as Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 there is little doubt that this game is just as exciting, albeit without online gameplay. The original game was a big surprise for its addictiveness, gameplay and the overall challenge. This is one game to keep an eye on.