Some games have outstanding narratives, some have outstanding graphics. This has neither really. This is just pure adrenalin-fuelled fun.
Choose from 14 riders, 27 courses (3 of which are unlocked) and throw yourself down the course at full pelt, kicking and hitting fellow riders as you go, all in an attempt to get the bottom of the huge (I mean huge - each course is around 5-7 minutes in length) 'go-anywhere' course in the fastest time. That's it.
But what a rush! And mind out for the animals - rabbits aren't too much of a problem but hitting a mountain goat doesn't half bring you to a halt.
The feeling of gravity, distance and speed is perfect - never has a game given me vertigo before! The riders are based on the obvious 'dude' stereotype - the British rider has a 'soccer' ball so he must be British - and there's a fully-stocked bike shop that you can visit to upgrade your bike as you go along (cash is gained from race placings, along with combat scores and the tricks you attempt).
The music in the background is fitting with the rest of the game and doesn't get in the way too much, the characters shout at each other and everything is just presented as a colourful rush of 'extreme' sports. OK - it's nothing like it's real-life equivilent but that doesn't matter to SSX or Tony Hawks so why not here?
One minor fault is that the single-player game will only take about 15 hours to complete, but still, I keep going back to it again and again as it's so much fun. And I've yet to beat the best time for the game set by the developers - it's incredibly hard.
However, the best experience is in found the multiplayer with you having your own private battles with your mates, knocking them off their bikes just as they're about to cross the finishing line so you steal 1st place from them!
A great game - it'll never be huge but it's certainly worth buying for old-school gamer fun - it's a sleeper hit hopefully. I'd certainly recommend it!