Players: 1 to 4 Player Game | Release Date: 02/27/02 | Genre: Driving
When I think of a motorcycle game the one thing that comes in to my mind is the "classic" Excitebike for the original NES that came out in 1984. Well, 18 years later the sport of supercross has become huge and with the popularity of a sport comes the popularity of the video game. And thanks to Acclaim Max Sports, supercross comes back home to where it all started on the Nintendo Video Game system. So without further ado, put on your helmet and kneepads as we take a look inside this week's review of Jeremy McGrath Supercross World.
Who would have thought 18 years ago that the popularity of supercross would be where it is today? With names like Jeremy McGrath, Travis Pastrana, and Ezra Lusk, supercross has been selling out venues all across the US? And with that kind of popularity the desire for folks to get a glimpse inside what these riders face is incredible. So, of course, in this week's review we get to take you inside to see if you can hang with the Big Boys of Supercross.
The objective in this game is simple֠be the supercross champion. How do you accomplish that? Well, that's when you get to the hard part. There are many unique features in this game and you will need to conquer them all to truly be a supercross champion. What features you ask? How about 10 supercross riders to select from such as Jeremy McGrath (of course), Travis Pastrana, Sebastian Tortelli, Ezra Lusk, Tim Ferry, Grant Langston, Mike Brown, Ernesto Fonseca, Nathan Ramsey, and James Stewart. And how about 25 super-sized tracks which encompass, indoor supercross, outdoor motocross, freestyle and for the first time in a supercross game, Baja mode.
And every track in Jeremy McGrath's Supercross World has various mini-challenges. Every time a player completes a challenge for a track he'll get a trophy. These vary in difficulty and include some of the following: get the hole-shot, do a double stunt off the race winning jump, collect all the wrenches during the race and much more. Still not enough for you? Well, try my personal favorite, the attribute system! The attribute system is broken down into eight attributes (four rider and four bike). Rider attributes (stability, slide, pre-load and charisma) can be upgraded as a reward for doing well in Career Mode. Bike attributes (powerband, top speed, cornering and suspension) are pre-configured for each bike. You will have to determine the best way to allocate earned attribute points given these bike attributes. Gamers who optimize rider and bike attributes will have the best chance of winning it all. This really gives the game a great replay value.
How about the Graphics? As you can see from the screenshots, you really get to see quite a different background in every one of the tracks that you will run in.
One of the best parts of the game is the audio. This, to me, is one of the biggest pluses in the game with groups like Drowning Pool, The Hellacopters, Dry Kill Logic, Lunatic Calm, Millencolin, Mudhoney, Fenix TX, and many more. The game is good enough to play just for the great soundtrack! This also helps ease the pain while falling all over yourself while trying to make the big trick in the air.
The game does have some problems with the control, sometimes making it a little hard to complete those big tricks without losing your bike and your balance, making it a little uncomfortable for your rider (let's just say my rider should probably be in the hospital right now with just about every bone in his body broken after what I put him through.). I also think the graphics could be better throughout the game.
But overall if you liked Tony Hawk Pro Skater then you should definitely check this one out. Between the cool tricks you get to do and the crazy missions you'll find something you like. And as I mentioned before, with the sheer amount of things you must do in order to complete the game (and be a true supercross champion), you will be playing this one over and over. Rated E for everyone, this one might also be a good one for you Dads to play with the kids and go head-to-head!
Bonus Codes for Jeremy McGrath Supercross World for GameCube:
Press Down(3), L, R, Z at the main menu. The lower left corner of the screen will flash and the message "Need for speed" will appear to confirm correct code entry.
Press Left, Right, Up, Down, B(3) at the main menu. The lower left corner of the screen will flash and the message "Feel lighter" will appear to confirm correct code entry.
Press Up(2), Y(2), X(2) at the main menu. The lower left corner of the screen will flash and the message "Bouncy, bouncy" will appear to confirm correct code entry.
Press B, X, R, L, Right at the main menu. The lower left corner of the screen will flash and the message "Your head expands" will appear to confirm correct code entry.
Press L, Z, Left, Right, B(2) at the main menu. The lower left corner of the screen will flash and the message "Drink me" will appear to confirm correct code entry.
Press Z, X, Z, X at the main menu. The lower left corner of the screen will flash and the message "Tag you're it" will appear to confirm correct code entry.
Hint: All bikes:
Successfully complete the hardcore part of career mode.