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Overall, this will certainly entertain the FMX fans out there. For people unfamiliar with it, this may not last long. It was a nice attempt at an extreme sports game, but it will just get boring very fast. The Tony Hawk series has already claimed the best title set for this genre.
Crusty Demons is a surprise hit (with us at least), and shall always be brought out just in time for a party. The game should be a hit to anyone who loves Activision's line of extreme games, and should not have been subject to the ridicule it has received thus far. Crusty Demons is crusty, and that's the reason to love it.
Although maybe not pulled off with aplomb, Crusty Demons takes advantage of a developer’s decent gameplay engine and musters up an entertaining extreme experience. Crusty Demons is not what I would call a deep or technically perfect game, but it does utilize entertaining aspects of other slick titles (Burnout, Flat Out THPS) to get its point across. Don’t be afraid to pick Crusty Demons up if you are a MX nut, or look for it in the bargain bin if the extreme riding concept doesn’t bowl you over.
If you're the kind of person that enjoys totally mindless, idiotic entertainment, you may actually like this game. Well, not the game, but the various ways it allows you to annihilate yourself. If you're looking for tight controls, smart level design, and a deep, rewarding trick system, you should definitely look elsewhere. Despite the amount of profanity the in-game characters spew, the level toilet talk that will erupt from your mouth while trying to play will surely eclipse it.
Crusty Demons is about 10 years too late. If it had come out around the time the films first started appearing (1995), it may have set the gaming world on fire. As is, it's just another freestyle also-ran that -- despite its cool crashes and "extreme" storyline -- will be forgotten as quickly as MTX Mototrax, Gravity Games Bike, and Jonny Moseley: Mad Trix.
While it does certainly suck, there are moments of humor (albeit short-lived) to be found in the concept. It's basically Tony Hawk gameplay mixed with a Mature rating and a Satanic theme. Based on the real life Crusty Demons team, the game is an interesting idea that gets terribly brought down thanks to the actual gameplay mechanics. While Crusty Demons could have been a fun mindless distraction filled with humorous over-the-top violence, it is ultimately rendered almost unplayable thanks to some terrible gameplay. Sure, you'll laugh the first five or ten times you see a ridiculously painful crash, but it's not nearly as funny after fifty or a hundred instances of the same thing.
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The outside races aren't much better, either; the overly sensitive dirt bikes simply don't have the physics for the rigors of competitive driving, leading to spill after spill. Perhaps doing the devil's work doesn't pay.
It's easy to appreciate the conceptual twist Crusty Demons puts on traditional extreme motorcross games; it's too bad that the game never really rises above its promising concept. With a little more imagination--and more of a cohesive narrative--this could have been a game that was both fun and (intentionally) funny. But due to frustrating controls, missions that are sometimes irritating and almost always aimless, and generally lackluster presentation, it's neither of those things. At least the Satan-influenced Crusty Demons have an excuse for their outrageous in-game behavior. Spending your money on tawdry bargain-bin filler like this... Well, even the Devil wouldn't make you do that.
Crusty Demons is a pretty bad game, folks, one that blindly robs from plenty of better games and only avoids the GR toilet because it lets you hurt yourself a lot. And the only thing more painful than landing on your head is getting scratched by a crusty...oh, forget it.