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Acclaim brings its newest BMX game to the GameSpot offices.

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Acclaim recently dropped by the GameSpot offices with a copy of the newly renamed BMX XXX for the PlayStation 2. The game, which will no longer feature Dave Mirra or any other licensed riders, is being touted by Acclaim as the first M-rated action sports game, and as such it will feature coarse language and topless nudity in both polygonal and full-motion video form.

Underneath all the hype and positioning, BMX XXX still feels like a new installment in the Dave Mirra series. With a couple of minor exceptions, the game controls nearly identically to Acclaim's previous games, though the game speed has been increased significantly. The game also takes on a more Aggressive Inline-like approach to its proquest mode, eliminating the run timer found in most alternative sports games to accommodate the game's large environments. The new gameplay hooks in BMX XXX will focus on the concept of bike add-ons. Some level goals will attach things to your bike, and goals that require you to collect items (such as one goal that will challenge you to capture a series of monkeys) will actually cause those items to appear on your bike or rider. So monkeys will cling onto your back while standing on the back pegs, you'll get a basket to collect cans in, and so on. Whether or not the add-ons will actually change the gameplay or merely attempt to better visualize the same collectable objects that populate every other alternative sports game remains to be seen, however, as the add-on models weren't in the early version of the game we were shown.

The game will feature an in-depth create-a-rider mode, which will let you place all sorts of clothing, tattoos, and other accessories on your male or female rider. This is also the mode that lets you create a topless female rider. You'll even be able to control breast size with a slider, though that wasn't in the version we were shown. Unsurprisingly, the breast models looked like they were given a lot of attention--they look a lot rounder and smoother than the rest of the rider does. Female breasts will also move around quite a bit, and the animation for that looked identical to the one used with the female skaters in Aggressive Inline.

The multiplayer element of BMX XXX will feature some all-new games for two players to play via split screen. Strip for score sounds like it will work similarly to the Horse variation that appears in most alternative sports games, except that riders will lose clothing as the game goes on. The neatest addition to the roster is sniper BMX, which puts one player on a bike on a hunt to collect 10 items around the level and puts the other player in a stationary position with a machine gun, sniper rifle, and rocket launcher. If the rider collects all the items before getting blown off his bike a certain number of times, the rider wins.

Though the company demo that was being given at E3 seemed to really focus on the adult nature of the game, showing off some of the Sandler-esque humor but mostly focusing on the concept of topless women and FMV of strippers doing their thing, Acclaim is spreading out the nudity and cursing. People in the Bronx will swear quite a bit as you ride around, but other pedestrians might not. And not every level will contain strippers--only ones where it would make sense to have them, such as the Bronx and Las Vegas. Other nonstripper FMV clips will be in the game, though Acclaim was unable to comment on these, as the deal to put them in the game has not closed yet. Soundtrack selection is also up in the air at this time.

The game's adult nature and its attempt to bring humor to the action sports genre are planned to be the things that set BMX XXX apart from the competition, but only a small piece of this difference was functional in the version we were shown. Without it, the game plays and controls just like Aggressive Inline, Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2, or any number of action sports games currently on the market. We'll have to wait and see if Acclaim can truly do something different with BMX XXX or if it will end up being just another action sports game wrapped in a slightly dirtier shell.

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