ESPN Extreme Games

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ESPN Extreme Games lets the player access three modes of play: Exhibition, New Season or a continuation of a season. Exhibition mode helps the player get to know the courses and equipment as well as get a feel for the controls. New season offers the player the chance to race against sixteen other competitors on any of the four racing machines competing for season points as well as money to upgrade equipment.

Choose between roller blades, a luge (basically a sit-down skateboard), a mountain bike, and the skateboard. The player can also determine which character they want to race with, each one having a unique skill on one of the apparatus. For example one might be top-notch at roller blading but be bad at bike-riding so there is no point choosing the bike with him/her. In a season, the player competes in the five locations - three times, twelve in all and each time the obstacles become more and more tricky to avoid as well as the other racers becoming faster and more agile.

The tracks are:
  • Italy - Country roads leading down to a town area;
  • Lake Tahoe - Twisting roads and strategically placed haystacks;
  • South America - Lots of caves and thin jungle roads;
  • San Francisco - Hundreds of obstacles and hills;
  • Utah - Falling rocks, secret routes, and some hungry looking crocodiles.

Sony's ESPN license had expired by the time the game's Greatest Hits release came out in 1998, hence it was retitled 1Xtreme (a sequel named 2Xtreme had been released in 1997) and all ESPN logos and video footage were removed from the release.


ESPN Extreme Games PlayStation A shot of your ultra rad EXTREME sports crew !
ESPN Extreme Games PlayStation Loading screen.
ESPN Extreme Games DOS Title Screen.
ESPN Extreme Games DOS Ups... Barrels!

Alternate Titles

  • "ESPN Street Games" -- Japanese Title
  • "1Xtreme" -- 1998 Greatest Hits re-release

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Critic Reviews

Electric Playground PlayStation Sep 05, 1995 9.5 out of 10 95
The Video Game Critic PlayStation Jan 02, 2004 B+ 83
Game Players PlayStation Nov, 1995 73 out of 100 73
PC Player (Germany) DOS Mar, 1996 71 out of 100 71
CD Player PlayStation 1996 7 out of 10 70
Video Games PlayStation Oct, 1995 69 out of 100 69
GameSpot DOS May 01, 1996 6.8 out of 10 68
High Score DOS Jul, 1996 3 out of 5 60
IGN PlayStation Nov 21, 1996 5 out of 10 50
PC Games (Germany) DOS Mar, 1996 28 out of 100 28


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Race summary

In the first run of the game, a woman would appear on a monitor after every race, and berate you if you did any worse than second place. She was quite mean about it, too. She was removed from the Greatest Hits version.
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