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Acclaim mixes the flashbulb flare of arena Supercross with the joint-jarring abuse of Motocross racing.
With fearless riders, huge airs and shoulder- to-shoulder competition, the white-hot popularity of Supercross comes as no surprise to extreme sports fans.
Four Supercross-based racing games are either available or in the works for Nintendo 64, but Acclaim's offering is the only Pak to feature Supercross superstar Jeremy "Showtime" McGrath.
In addition to their high-profile coverboy, Acclaim inked seven other real-world professionals, including freestyle Motocross phenom Travis Pastrana. Supercross 2000 features a total of 16 tracks: eight indoor Supercross courses and eight outdoor Motocross courses.
A simple Race Mode is available for riders looking for a quick fix, but more dedicated players can burn fuel in a grueling Series Mode. Both Supercross and Motocross series are available, in either 125cc or 250cc divisions. If you ride well enough to earn a first-place finish in the eight-race series, you'll unlock new arenas in Freestyle Mode.
After a few test runs, we recommend pumping up the difficulty level to "Pro." Otherwise, even beginners can build a large lead with very little effort.
Using the N64 Expansion Pak, Jeremy McGrath Supercross 2000 delivers crisp hi-res graphics that are completely free of fog or pop-up. Acclaim Studios uses small details to help bring the visual package to life, like airborne clumps of dirt that spray from the bikes' tires into the camera.
The actual tracks are a bit too smooth to give the impression of authentic dirt courses. Even with the constant abuse inflicted by roaring bikes, no grooves or ruts appear on the manicured jumps and banks.
Unlike most of Acclaim's sports titles, Supercross 2000 features arcade-style controls that laugh in the face of physics. This makes the game extremely easy to pick up and play, but it takes away from some of the fun that is found in other Supercross Paks.
The best aspect of the control system in J.M. Supercross 2000 is the power to control the front and back brakes individually. Both brakes can be used for rapid stopping power, or the front brake can be used alone to kick out the back wheel in tight corners.
The most disappointing aspect of the control system is that you have very little control of your bike when it is in the air. While airborne, it is impossible to adjust the angle of the front tire to line up the bike's landing position. An awkward landing rarely results in a crash, but we would have preferred more precise control in the sky.
To ensure that you never put away your crash helmet, Acclaim Sports has included an impressive selection of customizable features. In addition to the Track Editor and Custom Rider Mode, players can also design their own eight-race competitions with a Custom Series Mode.
Even though J.M. Supercross 2000 faces heavy competition in this specialized genre of motorcycle racing games, each of these games has something special to offer that's missing in other Paks. In this case, Acclaim Sports is banking on the presence of Mr. Showtime Jeremy McGrath to separate itself from the field.
Contributed by Evil Ryu (58794) on Aug 16, 2005.
Jeremy McGrath Supercross 2000 for Nintendo 64 Races onto Store Shelves
Only Video Game to Feature Legendary Champion Jeremy "Showtime" McGrath Lets Gamers Race, Jump, and Soar with the Pros
GLEN COVE, N.Y., February 28, 2000 - Acclaim Sports, a division of Acclaim Entertainment (NASDAQ:AKLM), a leading worldwide interactive entertainment company, today announced that Jeremy McGrath Supercross 2000 for the Nintendo 64 has shipped to retail outlets nationwide. The game will also be released for Game Boy Color, the PlayStation game console and Sega Dreamcast later this spring. Jeremy McGrath Supercross 2000 is the follow-up title to the smash hit Jeremy McGrath Supercross 98, which was recently added to the official PlayStation game console "Greatest Hits" program.
"Jeremy McGrath has propelled Supercross into the national spotlight, and we expect his popularity to broaden the reach of the sport to the casual gamer," said Steve Felsen, Brand Director of Extreme Sports, Acclaim Entertainment. "Jeremy McGrath Supercross 2000 is as close as anyone is going to get in experiencing what it's like to be Jeremy 'Showtime' McGrath."
Jeremy McGrath Supercross 2000 utilizes an all-new racing engine which features state-of-the-art graphics, physics, and motion. Gamers will be able to race against the legendary Supercross champion Jeremy "Showtime" McGrath, Greg Albertyn, Sebastien Tortelli, and other superstar riders on a full season circuit using 125cc and 250cc bikes. Jeremy McGrath Supercross 2000 also features eight supercross stadium courses, eight licensed motocross tracks, a custom 3D track editor, motion-captured riders, authentic rider uniforms and bike designs, and an over-the-top stunt competition exclusively featuring rookie phenom Travis Pastrana, the winner of last year's X-Games freestyle competition.
McGrath, an avid gamer, worked as a consultant to the game developers and provided insight into track design, racing strategies, and bike physics. The game also features commentary from McGrath as players race through indoor and outdoor circuits.
"I'm stoked the game is out. It definitely captures the excitement and energy of Supercross racing, so I know fans are going to love it," said McGrath, who has already posted five wins in the Supercross season's first seven races.
McGrath joins a select group of professional athletes including Brett Favre, Chris Webber, Derek Jeter and Dave Mirra who serve as spokesmen for Acclaim Sports' titles. McGrath will be featured on all packaging, merchandising, and advertising for the game. Additionally, to further promote the title, McGrath will appear at Acclaim's booth during the 2000 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, from May 11-13, 2000.
Since he began racing in 1989, McGrath has set countless records. Considered the Michael Jordan of Supercross, he has captured the 250cc Supercross title six times and holds the record for the most career wins and championships. McGrath rides for Chaparral Yamaha.
The release of Jeremy McGrath Supercross 2000 will be supported by a nationwide marketing campaign, including television, radio, print, and on-line advertising, plus in-store merchandising.
About Acclaim Entertainment
Acclaim Entertainment, Inc., is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and mass marketer of software for use with interactive entertainment platforms including Nintendo, Sony Computer Entertainment and Sega hardware systems, and PCs. Acclaim owns and operates six studios located in the United States and the United Kingdom, and publishes and distributes its software directly in North America, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain and Australia. Acclaim also distributes entertainment software for other publishers worldwide and publishes comic books and software strategy guides. Acclaim's headquarters are in Glen Cove, New York, and Acclaim's common stock is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol AKLM. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.acclaim.com
Contributed by skl (1138) on Mar 14, 2004.