Now if you've ever been troubled by the gaming world's noticeable lack of Harleys, Hell's Angels and Heavy Metal, then you'll probably be pleased to know that this latest bad-ass bike-em-up from Lucasarts looks set to fix all that. Casting players as the leader of a renegade motorcycle gang, Full Throttle: Hell on wheels delivers an adventure full of all the favourite associated clichés - such as bikes, beer and bare-knuckle brawling - as they embark upon an eventful road trip and come up against a rival gang.
The story is set in a surreal and desolate future, where justice is pretty scarce and traditional law and order has been replaced by what's termed the "code of the road". Protagonist Ben discovers that all the favourite haunts of his stomping ground El Nada are becoming mysteriously torn up and destroyed, and so he sets off on a mission to sort things out with his gang of meat-head mates. At first in pursuit of rival gang the Hound Dogs, Ben soon begins to uncover a much more sinister, murderous plot, and soon ends up teaming up with old friends and love interests on the quest to get to the bottom of it all.
The gameplay itself sees you guiding Ben through a series of adventures and puzzles, bike rides and punch-ups, across over 35 levels. 20 unique environments play host to the action, including such biker favourites as a truck stop, an oil refinery, a junkyard, and, of course, a biker bar. As you'd expect, the brawling plays a key role throughout the game and heavily encourages the use of weapons and everyday objects in order to add to the on-screen action. If you can see it, chances are you can smash someone over the bonce with it - chairs, bottles, pool cues, chains, crow bars, and even guitars. Rock! Oh, and should you take a bit too much of a beating and find yourself in need of that that vital energy replenishment, just grab yourself a nice cold beer!
Not what you'd normally expect from the likes of Lucasarts, Full Throttle: Hell On Wheels is very tongue-in-cheek (at least that's how us British interpret it!) and doesn't take itself too seriously. As a consequence it makes for a whole lot of fun, giving gamers the opportunity to live out their Hell's Angels dreams without having to be fat, grow a beard or ride around on rubbish American motorbikes.