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No Fear Downhill Mountain Biking è uno di quei giochi che non ti aspetti. Un grande concentrato di giocabilità, immediatezza e divertimento, che merita l'attenzione di qualunque possessore Playstation, anche alla luce della facile reperibilità e del costo contenuto.
Grafiskt påminner spelet rätt mycket om Colin McRae Rally, vilket med andra ord betyder att det inte är särskilt snyggt eller skarpt. Styrkan hos Colin McRae Rally ligger ju helt och hållet i den suveräna körkänslan. Och det är tyvärr där som UDS har slarvat lite.
Mountainbike games zijn in ons land (nog) nauwelijks te vinden, maar dat ze heel leuk kunnen zijn om te spelen, bewijst No Fear DMB. Het is tenminste weer eens wat anders dan het hedendaagse gemotoriseerde geweld.
Tout comme dans la réalité, le cycliste a des limites, représentées par une barre d'énergie (EPO ?) qui se consume peu à peu. Il faudra donc gérer cette barre, les virages et les sauts. Quelques figures sont réalisables, c'est jouable, pas révolutionnaire et pas vraiment beau.
Mountain bike racing is a strange choice for a game on the PlayStation. 'Niche' is a word that comes to mind, as does 'uggh' when you first lay eyes on No Fear Downhill Mountain Biking. It isn't the prettiest of games, with horribly pixilated backgrounds and onlookers that have been made out of an old Kellogg's cereal box. But the important stuff is all here-the bike physics are obviously very well modeled, and the default first person viewpoint is brilliant, making it feel extremely fast with all the instability associated with bikes on rough terrain.
NFDHMB is an odd collection of components. On the one hand it is the Quasi Modo equivalent of racing games with laughable graphical errors, yet simultaneously it manages to entertain and hold you captivated. If you are a serious fan of mountain biking you may even be disappointed by the blatant arcade feel of proceedings but if you want a piece of brainless racing nonsense then check it out. You’ve been warned though, it is a very bizarre mixture.
As an avid mountain biker, I was absolutely excited to get a chance to review Codemasters’ No Fear Downhill Mountain Bike Racing game for the PlayStation. My overall impression of this game was that it was a typical racing game. The difference is that the graphic was a bicycle, rather than a motorcycle or car. If you’re tired of the same old car racing game and want something with a twist, this game is for you. I would personally rather be outdoors riding on a real bike than playing on one on TV.
Once I got deep into the game, things started to make sense to me as far as the design and where the realism factors in. I just can't see others giving this game the same patience. If Codemasters can shuck off the bulky graphic and sound engines next time, they may have something worth a ride. Until then, however, this is a game for only bicycling enthusiasts.
No Fear Downhill Mountain Biking tiptoes the line of being a good racing game. While not completely terrible, the poor control and tedious championship mode are enough to turn away racing fans looking for a new experience. Still, the racing is original enough and at least captures the essence of mountain biking, making this a title worthy of a rental for anyone looking for a serious mountain-biking experience.