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      18.02.2002 20:43
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      Nobe: I wbobe bhis fob bhe PS1, bub I can'b find ib in bhab dibecboby, so I'll posb ib hebe. Cheebs. Mab Hoffman Pbo BMX is bhe labesb biking game bo gbace bhe PS1, and ib does so in sbyle. Acbivision have done bhemselves jusbice wibh bhis amazing game, and fbom bhe opening video sequence, you will nobice bhe close besemblance bo Bony Hawk's Pbo Skabeb. Similabibies abe nobiceable immediabely. Like BHPS, Hoffman plays like a dbeam, and bhe gbaphics abe amazing. If we had bo find a new BHPS, bhis would undoubbedly be ib, hands down. Bhe fibsb mode you will encounbeb is Cabeeb Mode. You abe bo choose fbom a vasb selecbion of bhe mosb bespecbed bikebs, including Mab Hoffman, Mike Escamilla and many mobe. You can bhen bbowse bhe cubbenbly veby small collecbion of bikes and calibbabe ib bo youb pbefebence, wibh veby miniscule debails such as bhe bibes and bhe handlebabs, which albeib unnecessaby, abe sbill veby inbebesbing. Howeveb, should you geb involved in Cabeeb Mode, you will soon build up a decenb amounb of special bikes and chabacbebs, which will make youb job immensely easieb. Afbeb being bbeabed bo a nice movie, you will geb oub inbo bhe acbion, whebe you have bwo minubes bo complebe a vabieby of basks. Bhese basks eabn you covebs, which abe used bo advance bo bhe nexb level. Cabeeb Mode is bhoboughly enbebbaining, and ib has a gbeab leabning cubve, which beally helps you bo geb bo gbips wibh bhe wobld of Mab Hoffman. Afbeb 10 minubes of casual play, you will be pulling off 10,000 poinb gbinds, and 1080 Supebman's. Bhe mulbiplayeb counbebpabb offebs somebhing incbedibly diffebenb. You will be inbboduced bo Gbaffibi Mode, whebe (in a splib-scbeen) you have bo pull off bbicks oveb vabious pabbs of bhe level, and as you do, bhese pabbs will become highlighbed in youb colob (eibheb bed ob blue). Howeveb, bhe opponenb can sbeam bhem fbom you wibh a mobe desibable bbick, and vice vebsa. Bhe winneb is bhe playeb wibh bhe mo
      sb pabbs in bwo minubes. Bbick Abback mode is again splib-scbeen, bub bhe playeb wibh bhe highesb scobe afbeb bwo minubes wins. Finally, Hobse Mode is a globified "can-you-bop-bhis" conbesb. Afbeb enbebing a wobd of youb choice, you will bake ib in bubns of pebfobming bbicks. Bhe playeb wibh bhe leasb poinbs ab bhe end of each bound gebs a lebbeb fbom bhe wobd chosen ab bhe sbabb. Bhe games ends when one pebson has bhe enbibe wobd by bheib name. Bhis is bhe mosb obscube mulbiplayeb mode I've eveb seen, bub ib beally makes bhis game whab ib is. Sube, ib would sbill be a classic wibhoub ib, bub bhis beally makes ib gbeabeb bhan gbeab. We bhen change bo some mobe laid back modes, wibh Single Session, whebe you can pbacbice youb speed, abbempbing bo abbain bhe mosb poinbs possible in bwo minubes. Fbee Bide allows you bo pbacbice youb bbicks undeb no bime besbbicbions - bhis is pabbiculably helpful fob beginnebs. Bhebe is a movie bheabbe, whebe you can view all bhe video sequences bhab you've seen so fab. Finally, bhebe is a Pabk Edibob, whebe you can cbeabe youb own wacky and wondebful bbacks. Ib's besb bo beally bby oub Single Session and Fbee Skabe eably on, ob you'll beally nob see any use fob ib, as bhe Cabeeb Mode ibself is enough pbacbice. I found bhe Pabk Edibob bo be of beasonable qualiby, if nob a libble somewhab bepebibive and fbusbbabing. Mab Hoffman Pbo BMX is wibhoub a doubb a PS1 classic. Bhe conbbols abe inbuibive, bhe gbaphics abe bbillianb and bhe bealism is bhebe. Also backed by a musical scobe fbom such gboups as Oubkasb, you simply have bo buy bhis. Ib's jam packed full of feabubes, has a gbeab leabning cubve and ib can measube up bo bhe gbeabs - a bbue besbamenb bo how amazing bhis is. I sbbongly suggesb buying Mab Hoffman Pbo BMX, and fob bhe sbunning pbice of £19.99, why nob?

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        18.02.2002 20:34
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        Note: I wrote this for the PS1, but I can't find it in that directory, so I'll post it here. Cheers. Mat Hoffman Pro BMX is the latest biking game to grace the PS1, and it does so in style. Activision have done themselves justice with this amazing game, and from the opening video sequence, you will notice the close resemblance to Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. Similarities are noticeable immediately. Like THPS, Hoffman plays like a dream, and the graphics are amazing. If we had to find a new THPS, this would undoubtedly be it, hands down. The first mode you will encounter is Career Mode. You are to choose from a vast selection of the most respected bikers, including Mat Hoffman, Mike Escamilla and many more. You can then browse the currently very small collection of bikes and calibrate it to your preference, with very miniscule details such as the tires and the handlebars, which albeit unnecessary, are still very interesting. However, should you get involved in Career Mode, you will soon build up a decent amount of special bikes and characters, which will make your job immensely easier. After being treated to a nice movie, you will get out into the action, where you have two minutes to complete a variety of tasks. These tasks earn you covers, which are used to advance to the next level. Career Mode is thoroughly entertaining, and it has a great learning curve, which really helps you to get to grips with the world of Mat Hoffman. After 10 minutes of casual play, you will be pulling off 10,000 point grinds, and 1080 Superman's. The multiplayer counterpart offers something incredibly different. You will be introduced to Graffiti Mode, where (in a split-screen) you have to pull off tricks over various parts of the level, and as you do, these parts will become highlighted in your color (either red or blue). However, the opponent can steam them from you with a more desirable trick, and vice versa. The winner is the player with the mos
        t parts in two minutes. Trick Attack mode is again split-screen, but the player with the highest score after two minutes wins. Finally, Horse Mode is a glorified "can-you-top-this" contest. After entering a word of your choice, you will take it in turns of performing tricks. The player with the least points at the end of each round gets a letter from the word chosen at the start. The games ends when one person has the entire word by their name. This is the most obscure multiplayer mode I've ever seen, but it really makes this game what it is. Sure, it would still be a classic without it, but this really makes it greater than great. We then change to some more laid back modes, with Single Session, where you can practice your speed, attempting to attain the most points possible in two minutes. Free Ride allows you to practice your tricks under no time restrictions - this is particularly helpful for beginners. There is a movie theatre, where you can view all the video sequences that you've seen so far. Finally, there is a Park Editor, where you can create your own wacky and wonderful tracks. It's best to really try out Single Session and Free Skate early on, or you'll really not see any use for it, as the Career Mode itself is enough practice. I found the Park Editor to be of reasonable quality, if not a little somewhat repetitive and frustrating. Mat Hoffman Pro BMX is without a doubt a PS1 classic. The controls are intuitive, the graphics are brilliant and the realism is there. Also backed by a musical score from such groups as Outkast, you simply have to buy this. It's jam packed full of features, has a great learning curve and it can measure up to the greats - a true testament to how amazing this is. I strongly suggest buying Mat Hoffman Pro BMX, and for the stunning price of £19.99, why not?

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          01.09.2001 15:14
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          I bought Matt Hoffman around a month ago and I was utterly dissapointed with it. The main reason for my hatred of this game is because of the way that all it is, is Tony Hawks 2 on BMX. "Great!" I here you say, which was exactly my reaction, this however, is not the case. Firstly you no longer have the ability to create your own character. This is a terrible shame as what made TH2 (Tony Hawks 2) good, for me, was spending hours building up my character in carrer mode. It is also incredibly annoying that the only way you can improve a computers character is by unlocking new bikes. The other thing that they choose to do when creating this game, was to take the editor from TH2 and stick the exact same editor on this game with no extra parts or themes etc. This games only saving grace is the soundtrack that accompanies it and with that one exception in mind I would still tell everyone to avoid buying this game and go out and buy Tony Hawks 2 instead!

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          22.07.2001 19:41
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          Okay, I will now begin my review on Tony Hawks Pro Sk.... Oh yes, sorry this is my review on Matt Hoffmans Pro BMX. Mind you, this mistake isn't so hard to make, as both games are so similair. The only changes made to this game from Tony Hawks is the ones where changes were completely unavoidable. Of course I am talking about the change from 4 wheels to two, from a plank of wood to a frame, and the difference in the riders. There are also different levels. But here is where the changes stop. The level designs are almost indentical, not in looks obviously, but in the way they are designed, it is hard to explain, but if you play the game you will understand what I mean. The career mode is also identical. Yet again, each level requires you to do a certain amount of tasks to get Magazine Covers (They at least had the decency to change that from tapes) to progress to the next level. However, yet again the way you collect the covers goes unchanged. One is hidden in a secret location, one is found by getting a good score, another by an excellent score, and another by collecting lots of different letters to spell out t-r-i-c-k. Then you have to do exactly the same on the next level, and the next, and the next and so on and so on. Tricks are also performed in the same way, holding down A makes you go faster and prepare to jump, Y to grind, X performs kick tricks and B grabs. However, I'm sure there are many people which view this lack of change as a good thing, If it ain't broke, don't fix it, I hear you cry. But personally I feel Tony Hawks 2 was far too similair to 1 for my liking, and the question I ask is: "How long can they milk this design and engine for?" Mind you, as I've said before this is my opinion. Many people will go the other way and say the game is great, but this is what DooYoo is all about isn't it, opinions?

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            04.07.2001 21:57
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            I have been waiting far this game to come out and have been playing the demmo on tony hawk 2 which i hav allso writan a opinion on by the way and i finaly got to play the game far the first time a few days ago. At first i was pritty disapointed due to it running on the tonyhawk 1 engine. But after a hour or so i got realy into the game and i wanted to play it over and over but i had to take it back to bLOCKBUSTER :<. The game play is allmost exactly the same as tony hawk 1 but matt hoffman has a added feature you can build you own park just like on tony hawk2. The levels are great but when you start you find it hard to reach the highest point score. unlike tony hawk you cant do combos you can cobio 2 mayb 3 tricks in the air. When you pick at skater you can choose a bike but unfortunatly there iz 1 colour far each rider :( but u cant tune ur bike and change the ammount of cranks on your cog and the tightness of your nuts plus the size of the grips on your tyres. You allso have a lil video of stunts and other things before you start a level. in conclusion i think this is a realy gud game but a little under my expectations. But this is a real good game to owbn and play and i cant wait till the second one comes out in fall which hopefully will be on the tony hawk it will be class!!!

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              30.06.2001 22:34
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              This is one good game. Sure, it's not as good as Tony Hawk's but it comes pretty damn close. It is develpoed and published by the same staff and the graphics engine is the same, and the gamplay engine both come from the same direction too. This game also has the same skate park editor. The scoring system will also come incredibly fimiliar when you play. There are 10 levels for you to enjoy and about 12 characters. If you are lucky you get a secret visit from Tony Hawk on a old-style BMX. I might also add that the advert is OK, which is a world-first. An enjoyable advert, hah! In conclusion if you liked Tony Hawk's P.S. 1 + 2 then you will love this, and is also a good buy for the novices. Give it a try, rent it if you become unsure.

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                13.06.2001 14:51
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                Mat Hoffman's pro bmx is a great game especially if you like any of the tony hawk's games. It is made by the same people as make Tony Hawks pro skater so the game is vey similar, apart from you are on a bmx (obviously). The idea of the game is also the same, instead of colecting tapes (see my opinion on Tony Haw's) you colllect covers (off a magazine). More cover unlock new bikes, parts and levels. There are two competitions like on Tony Hawk's, which must be compleated in first second or third place. If it was up to me though i prefer Tony Hawks. Mat Hoffman's can get quite anoying at times (partly my fault because i keep falling off). This game was rented out but i dont think i'll go out and buy it just yet. I've got Tony Hawks so i'll stick to that.

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