MX 2002 featuring Ricky Carmichael - GBA

Also known as: British Motocross Championship

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Also for: PS2, Xbox
Viewed: 3D Third person, into the screen Genre:
Sport: Motorcycle
Racing: Motorcycle
Arcade origin:No
Publishers: THQ (GB/US)
Released: 26 Oct 2001 (GB)
2001 (US)
Ratings: 3+
Connectivity: Link Cable


Thanks to the capabilities of the Game Boy Advance, developers are now able to take advantage of handheld technology like never before. THQ has recognised this opportunity and has released the highly, ahem, advanced title, MX 2002.

Featuring Ricky Carmichael from the Motocross championships, MX 2002 is set to be the most comprehensive game yet, at least for a handheld system.

The game features a reasonable 28 real-life riders, and includes well known riders such as Mike Larocco, Jeff Emig and Greg Albertyn from the 125cc and 250cc race classes. MX 2002 offers a variety of gaming modes such as season and time trial, as well as a host of multi-player modes including Stunt Showdown and Target Jumping. All the aforementioned features give MX 2002 a high sense of realism, at least statistically.

But perhaps more importantly, the handling and physics are surprisingly accurate. Although the game lacks analogue control, the d-pad is not overly sensitive. Again, and improving the realism, MX 2002’s environments are surprisingly pleasing. Although a large range of textures and a high level-of detail is nowhere to be seen, the basic environments are accurate and flow smoothly, making the game look deceptively 3-dimensional.

MX 2002 is also highly adjustable and has a free roaming approach to progression. Cash incentives allow players to progress into deeper stages of the game.

Featuring over 16 fully customisable bikes, plenty of tracks and circuits, a great soundtrack, and the ability to create completely original riders, MX 2002 for Game Boy Advance certainly is the most accomplished handheld racer to date.