I'm not a dirt bike or motorcycle kind of guy. I'll confess that they actually scare me. I've had one friend lose a leg and another lose his life riding. So it's not likely that you'll find me saddling up for a ride.
But when I was given the opportunity to simulate extreme riding via Microsoft's Motocross Madness 2, I plugged my joystick into the serial port and prepared to get some air!
Packed with tracks, time trials, races and more tricks than you can shake a stick at, I spent hour after hour playing this game. I'll confess that some of the greatest fun came from crashing and burning. The animations that accompanied getting knocked off the bike and flying through the air made me smile. I'd just dust myself off and get back on the bike without a scratch.
The game featured 40 tracks that took place over six event types, including checkpoint, baja, stunts and supercross. The single player version was extremely satisfying, though I did enjoy some multiplayer action as well.
The feeling of grabbing some insane air and seeing how many stunts you could pull off and still and safely was a great thrill. The action never stopped, nor did the eye candy. Microsoft rendered some lush 3D graphics that popped off the screen.
To this day, the only other sporting-style game that I have given much type is Burnout: Paradise. But I played that more on the PS3 anyhow. So it says something that MM2 made my list.
Microsoft has maintained the official site and you can visit it here.