MOVIES: Opening Wednesday, “Iron Man 3”; coming May 10, “Tyler Perry Presents Peeples.”
NEW ON DVD: “The Impossible” (PG-13).
CONCERTS: Buffalo Songwriter Series with Doug Yeomans, Chris Panfil and Pat Shea, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster.
Rebelution with J Boog and Hot Rain, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Town Ballroom, 681 Main St.
Boney James, 8 p.m. Saturday, Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall, Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave.
Rick Alviti, Elvis tribute, 8 p.m. Saturday, Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda.
Rock ’n’ Roll for AROCC with Strictly Hip, 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Tralf, 622 Main St.
Sara Evans, 5 p.m. Sunday, Seneca Allegany Casino Events Center, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd., Salamanca.
Clark Wilson, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda.
THEATER: “Into the Woods,” 7 p.m. today, 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Leary Theatre, Niagara University, Lewiston.
“Motocross Madness” has been revving across PC’s for years now, getting its start back in 1998 under the direction of Rainbow Studios (who since worked on THQ’s MX vs. ATV series before eventually folding up shop), but it’s never made its way to the Xbox 360 – until now, that is.
The game mixes realistic races with the ability to use your Avatar. So, yes, if you ever wanted to see yourself in racing gear and celebrating a first place win on a dirt bike, you can do so. Though the cartoony vs. realism look can be a little hard to accept at first, you eventually accept it and get into the groove.
The races themselves are good fun, as you compete for first place victory against either AI or online players. Along the way, there are a few things to discover, including strings of coins that you can use to unlock new gear for your rider, hidden shortcuts to gain an advantage, and the ability to knock a player around with a well-placed kick, “Road Rash” style. You can also explore the tracks at your convenience, in a nice open-world environment where various challenges await.
These tracks are fun to race on, and there’s ample opportunity to get some air and execute tricks. However, there are only nine in all, so you’ll run out of room a little sooner than you might expect.
Though the presentation isn’t wow-worthy, it’s sufficient. The game runs at a moderate speed, and the track design is deep enough to overlook the lack of selections. The rider animations are humorous, and well fitting for your Avatar. The music could be better, but at least it’s not made up of generic rock that wears out its welcome. At least you can turn on your own tunes via XMB.
While “Motocross Madness” doesn’t quite live up to the potential of better bike racers (we’re looking at you, Pure), it’s a quality download that’s worth adding to your library.