Review by Russian Roulette

Reviewed: 03/05/03 | Updated: 03/05/03

A great game for a small price

Mud Duck is a fairly new game company. They ''specialize'' in bringing you quality, budget-priced games (is that an oxymoron?) Sports Superbike 2 is a great game for it's price.

Presentation
After the normal Playstation logos and a Mud Duck logo, you are treated to a short intro movie of superbikes. It is kinda skippy and the visuals are blurry, but what can you expect from PSone? You then go to the Main Menu. It's extremely hard to read the text. It is just so blurry.

Gameplay
There are many options to choose from. You can race in exhibition, a tournament, multiplayer, or you can go to the tracks and learn how to control your bike while a tutorial explains how to take tight turns and how to speed up your bike. The tutorial is very similar to Grand Tourismo 2's, except there is only about 10 ''objectives'' you have to perform.
The exhibition is basically like any exhibition in any game. You choose your track and go race. You always have to be the same racer with the same bike, but before the race, you have to option to tune your bike to what you see fit. You can select from a huge list of tracks (20+), but at the beginning, only five are unlocked. You have to unlock the rest through Tournament mode. The tracks are categorized with seasonal relationship. For example, Alaska, Antarctica, and Canada will be in the Winter Season; Sahara Desert, Egypt, and Mexico will be in the Dry Desert season; etc. The courses are very similar to eachother, though; the only noticeable difference is the backgrounds (either mountains, desert, etc.) and the sand and snow on the tracks.
After you select a track and all that, you race. There are the basic ACCELERATE button, BRAKE button, and SHIFT buttons. You don't have a choice if you want to have a manual transmission or not, though, so you will have to put those SHIFT buttons to good use. Every race will have 20 other bikers racing for the finish in a 3, 5, or 7 lap race. It is odd, though, because while you have to wait for the lights to go from red to green, the other bikers can just speed off. Not a problem though, since the CPU crashes a lot, and it is easy to catch up to them.
If you choose the EASY difficulty, your bike with have, according to the game, a ''turning help.'' Or something to that extent. With this, the bike will automatically slow down so you can take turns easier. On NORMAL difficulty, the ''turning help'' is not as ''helpful'', and on HARD, it is non-existent.
The bike controls fairly well, and you will get a good sense of speed and you blaze down the track. If you aren't careful enough, however, and your bike hits the wall, you will be flying off that mother like there is no tomarrow. Crash too much and your bike will refuse to run. A fun thing about crashing though is that the bike sometimes flies onto the track and other racers with crash into it. It is funny to see a huge 10+ bike/man pile-up, and then they all just stand up like nothing happened and get back on their bike.
The multiplayer is where this game truly shines. All CPU racers are taken out in this mode to prevent slowdown, so it's an all out race between you and your friend. It is fun because you never really know when your friend is going to pass you, and since you are taking 90 degree turns at 100+ MPH, you don't have much time to look back and see if they are behind you. I enjoyed clipping my friend's rear wheel with my front wheel and watching him spin-out and crash into the wall. :)
Overall, the game does well in the Gameplay categories. 9/10

Graphics
The graphics arn't all that hot, but I am used to playing Gamecube games, so maybe my eyes just need to adjust to the inferior PSone. The bikes look great, but the riders are blocky and their limbs don't bend much. The tracks are descent looking, but nothing special. You can select from many different views for your rider. A 3rd person, behind the bike, view. A 3/4 view, or a top-down view (Grand Theft Auto). Or you can choose, my personal favorite, a first-person view. You can see the bike's gauges and handle-bars with this view, and the tracks and other racers seem the look for crisp from the view.
The graphics arn't the best, but definitely not horrible. 7/10

Audio
Not much to say here because all you hear are the basic engine noises and tire skids. When you hit the wall, you will hear a ''clang! smash! grunt!'' noise combo, and as the rider skids along the ground, you will hear grunts like a cow that is... eating... grass. O.o
The music is semi-okay, but there are only about two songs and they keep repeating the same beats over and over again. This brings the score down.
6/10

Replayability
You will play the Tournament mode just to unlock the tracks, but after that, there isn't much else to do. Multi-player is where this game truly shines, and if you have a friend or family member that will play with you, this is where you will spend most of your time.

Overall Score: (not an average) 7/10


Rating:   3.5 - Good

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