SX Superstar Review
Well now, what do we have here? Hmmm, it seems to be another in the never-ending string of ďextremeĒ games. If there is one thing that game makers know what to do itís to pummel something once good and original into the ground. Our newest example is right here in SX Superstar by Acclaim. I can imagine the scene now: somewhere at Acclaim HQ the managers are all in a room planning out the next several games. This list of new games is blank. Theyíve got nothing. So one of the junior executives opens up a gaming magazine, or better yet surfs to Gamers' Temple, and notices that there sure seems to be a lot of extreme motorbike games out there. He mentions it offhandedly and viola, suddenly heís given a corner office and made senior VP. Yes, unfortunately the decision was made to create another extreme game and the results are enough to make you want to sell your stock in Acclaim. Letís see why...
SX Superstar is a game. Alright, fine, itís actually a supercross dirt bike racing game to be more specific. There are three different game modes: Arcade, Championship and Multiplayer. With the arcade mode you can jump right into the racing action using any bike and track that has already been unlocked. More track and bikes can be unlocked as you progress within the championship mode. The arcade and multiplayer modes are pretty straightforward so letís go into detail about the championship mode.
The championship mode is presumably where most of the action is and where you simulate the career of a SX rider. Too bad there isnít that much happening. Hereís the deal. You start off by selecting your rider. While there are a fairly wide selection of riders there doesnít seem to be a very big difference in their actual abilities. Basically it really doesnít matter who you choose. The biggest separator between the riders is that male riders have girlfriends but the female riders apparently donít date. You see, one of the benefits of doing well in the championship mode is that as a male rider you can upgrade your girlfriend. Thatís teaching the youth a valuable lesson.
The big problem with the championship mode is that there just isnít that much to do. Itís almost just like the arcade mode with a few exceptions. One is the already mentioned girlfriend trade up. You can also get a better apartment, which is good because your first pad has some serious problems and comes with its very own dead body outline. While upgrading your living quarters sounds good itís not that exciting in the game. Itís not like you get to pick your new place or anything. If you finish in first after the end of the season, you get a new place. Done. You donít get to do anything in the new place that you couldnít do in your old place so itís just for show. What you do get to do in the apartment is check your phone for messages and faxes. Whee!! Sometimes the faxes require that you to decide if you want to add a new sponsor. Thatís about it for the career simulation part of the game. Nothing to write home about. So right about now youíre saying to yourself, ďOK, so the career mode sucks. But I bet they got the actual racing part nailed.Ē If you were saying that, youíd be wrong.