Well this was interesting. A extreme
BMX game with a storyline? Original to say the least, but could Toxic
Grind shine much like other games in the extreme sports genre, namely
Tony Hawk and Agressinve Inline? I popped in the disk to take a look.
You play the able-BMXer Jeff in
present-day downtown USA, who before long is sent headfirst to 2090 where
he finds himself as a contestant in a particularly lethal BMX game show.
The prize? his life. You see, in 2090, BMXing is frowned upon. Dixon von
Glass has seen to it that everyone engaging in such illegal practices with
be dealt with in his futuristic arena.
The story is pretty nicely presented
in a cartoon storyboard format. Split screen two player mode is supported
and completed levels can be used to create your own custom tournament.
All levels have a list of objectives which need to be achieved to progress.
It has to be said, some of these seemed incredibly difficult to achieve
and at times frustration set in after coming off my bike for the twenty-fifth
time in the same location.
As you wade though levels you get
less time to achieve the objectives. This is due to a genetic altering
device that releases deadly toxins into your body causing instant death
after a certain amount of time. All good fun for the viewers, but bad news
for Jeff. Fortunately a mysterious person assists you by providing antidotes
to give you more time to beat the level. Trust me, you will be using these
Visually, Toxic Grind is nice to
look at. Most levels look good and it seems to run as smooth a glass no
matter how busy the screen is. Controls are tricky, especially if your
not really a big fan of extreme sports. The tutorial helps here, but much
of the enjoyment of Toxic Grind will only really kick in mid-game when
you are fully familiar with the control pad and the storyline gathers momentum.
The sound is nothing special, but some nice dialogue makes the whole environment
All in all Toxic Grind hardly gets
the most out of the XBox. The storyline angle is new and interesting but
it is easy to get frustrated at the almost insanely hard manouvers and
jumps. True-BMXers will probably dig it however and for them I would definately
recommend it purely for the new angle THQ have worked into the game here,
but if your just looking for something different than a first-person shooter
or driving game on the console - I'd say this is a rent first!