Top Gear Hyper Bike
From Snowblind Studios, of Top Gear Overdrive fame, comes a similar racing experience using motocross and street motorcycles. Six hilly terrains challenge your moto skills in this potentially fun racing game. Much attention has been paid to physics and realistic rider movements. Up to four players can race at once in this Expansion- and Rumble Pak-compatible game. Kemco will release Hyper-Bike in November.
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Biking goes hyper!
Have we all missed something? Does anyone know why motorbike games are currently the in-thing for game developers? It could be a weird leather and rubber? A fetish, but if it is, why aren't we that excited?! What's depressing is that all of these titles are concentrating on just one area of biking - supercross. Well, if you're a starved fan of this mud spraying sport then have no fear, because by the end of the year there will be four such games for you to choose from! One thing's for sure, the battle for first place is going to be very messy indeed, because one of the contenders Excite bike (reviewed this issue) is riding out of the Nintendo stable. We've already seen Supercross 2000, but what's Top Gear Hyperbike got to offer?
Well for starters Hyperbike is the only game to offer street racing, so if you do get bored of ploughing dirt then you can let it all hang out on the open road! Imagine opening up on the throttle whilst speeding through the streets of Florence - which is just one of the six tracks in the game. Of course it's not all burning tarmac though, because you get to bump and fly over of-road tracks too. These include the sandy Egyptian Ruins and the muddy Redwood Forest. Unlike Supercross, these tracks are all fictional because the emphasis in this game is entirely on having fun!
To go with the mix of street and dirt tracks you also get an equal mix of street and dirt bikes, plus the obligatory secret bikes that you need to unlock. Picking the best bike for the job is one of the key things about this game - there's no point taking a street bike through a desert track! To represent this in the game, the dirt and street modes both handle very differently, you'll have to get used to this though, because the championship mode mixes the two events together.
Street racing is a little more precise, but if you want some over-the-top action with huge jumps and wide open tracks then there's the dirt racing. Of course, you wouldn't be doing those jumps justice either unless you tried to pull off one of the many realistic stunts in the game. Performing stunts in Hyperbike also rewards you with turbos, thus allowing you to get even more air! There's always the danger of a bone- crushing crash, but, hey, what's a biker to do? You also get a trick attack mode which lets you practice all the stunts ' before you try them out for real, and when you do finally manage to pull one off, the rider lets out a celebratory cowboy 'yeehaw'!
Another big feature of this game is the track editor which allows you to tweak and build your own tracks to add to the six default ones you get from the off. The facility in Top Gear Hyperbike is more user-friendly than most track editors, because you don't have to worry about slotting bits of track together until you get a loop. Instead, what you get here is an oval which you can twist and stretch to your hearts content to create the track! With no more need to worry about whether or not the track will meet up at the end (ie: cause it's always connected), you can concentrate on creating some devious corners!
As if all this wasn't enough the game also has a time attack mode, expansion pak enhanced graphics and the option to race it out four-player with your mates! If this hype's got your motor running then look out for the full review as soon as we get our hands on a finished copy of the game!