Extreme-G 3Granted its the fastest game I have ever played in my life. I mean how often do you break the sound barrier in games? But beyond the speed factor, there is nothing else left. There is no reason to play the game. I will admit the graphics or pretty darn spectacular, but the gameplay is definitely where this game falls short, and when it comes down to it that is the main factor in games, especially racing ones like this. The concept behind the game is that you play in these futuristic motorcycle jet-propelled flying thingies. It may sound cool, but once you hop in and give it a run it dies off very quickly. Hop in your Kinetic suit and try a game much more innovative and appealing *cough* -kinetica- *cough*.
Gameplay 5.0 Sure it is cool the first time you go through a level or two and race at speeds of 400 mph+ down the raceway. But it gets very boring after that, it is almost impossible not to collide with a wall around some of the crazy turns. The weapon system is completely wacked and there is no point in it. There is no fun in buying new weapons and taking down other bikes with them. That is... if you see other bikes. It is a rare occassion that another bike comes into contact, they seem to stay so excluded and away from you. Your the fly swatter and they are the flys, at least thats how it seems. The track design I admit is kind of cool, but it gets boring quickly. All you have to work with is a thin road and a few jumps maybe here and there, just you and the road. Kinda lame. Not a completely tragic and awful playing game... but by no means very fun.
Graphics 8.5 Wow, these are definitely some graphics. This game looks a whole lot better than it plays. Too bad too, because the rain effects and the animations are just incredible eye-candy to watch. Notice in the beginning of the race your vision is blurred, this is a great use of a gas particle effect on the ps2. Some great stuff in this category, but again... the game gets bogged down by the 'other' aspects.
Sound 7.0 Basic techno crap... not bad, but not really all that amusing for the ears. My ears need a new blend of music for these types of games. Seriously, it gets old.
Replay 7.0 Well I suppose you could say there is a little replay because of two-on-two races and stuff like that, but how can a game with crappy gameplay warrant very high replay value? You just wont see yourself wanting to play this game much more. Once you master the levels, there is no fun left in playing them. If your bored with a friend over, its not a bad alternative tho.
Interface 9.0 Great menus, awesome layout on the screen, pretty cool characters and classes, just basic good stuff to be expected from a racer. Colorful menus make this point out.
OVERALL: 6.0 ack... a shame this game couldn't of been made into something better. But oh well, its a good technical showcase for the ps2, but dont expect it to win any awards for originality or gameplay. Its just not that fun to play, and once you get past the pretty graphics, there is no real reason to play the game. Go out and buy a little game called Kinetica... you will find yourself awe-struck with the originality and awesomeness of that game compared to this. Its so much more creative and fun.