was once a great adventure game made by LucasArts
called Full Throttle which featured a biker on a motorcycle.
Needless to say, this game ain't it. by
24, 2006 - I
really liked American Chopper (the TV series) when
it was fresh. The fights, the customizations of the
bikes, and did I mention the fights? Then along came
Mikey and I lost interest in the show. I don't really
blame him for the show but he is lame and just happened
to coincide with my disinterest. American Chopper
2 is a fair game but it also has some "Mikey"
in it that keeps it from being good. Feel free to
substitute the word "Mikey" for anything
that means crap.
know that Mikey has been around since the beginning
of the show but in the last two seasons he's been
getting too much air time. I'm not tuning in to watch
a loser. I see enough of that in the mirror. I'm not
a fan of Mikey and I'm not a fan of those that are
a fan of Mikey. As far as I'm concerned there are
two stars of this show and that's the Pauls - junior
and senior. The fat dolt doesn't, and shouldn't, count
even if he is a family member. The Mythbusters are
also going through a similar crisis. Jamie and Adam
are the stars of the show and are responsible for
making it one of the best shows on TV. Why do they
have to share airtime with those three annoying kids?
Does a show like that really have to kowtow to the
younger generation by including "hip" and
relevant (in terms of age) role models? Maybe the
producers can add a cute talking dog or a crime-solving
possum and target the pre-school market. Or perhaps
they corner the seniors market with special appearances
by Bob Barker entering the bowels of an active volcano
swaddled in flame-retardant adult diapers.
you know nothing of the American Chopper series. Fortunately
the game does a decent job of introducing you to the
concept in addition to the characters. But here's
an overview just in case. Orange County Chopper is
a motorcycle shop that specializes in customizing
bikes. As a reality series, a camera crew chronicles
the customizing of a theme bike each week. Paul Sr.,
is the imposing owner of the shop that has pipes on
him the size of some guy's waists - not to mention
a short fuse that can be ignited at the most innocuous
of times. Paul Jr., is his son. He's the one that
can turn a bike into a jet, a spider or a memorial
for prisoners of war or those that lost their lives
during 911. He's incredibly imaginative and his slightly
subdued pace always seems to aggravate big daddy.
The whole scene is a volatile one and while some of
it may be put on, it's still entertaining, at least
for a spell.
bikes in American Chopper 2 is fairly easy. We don't
get to be as inventive as Paul Jr., since the parts
are limited. You can change the color, the shape and
size of some parts but you can't start combining pieces
to create hybrids and you can't start fabricating
parts in the machine shop. Maybe that will come later
in the series but for now you're just going to have
to use what's available. There are tons of parts to
be sure, from customized tanks and rims to lights
and exhaust pipes.
at the real OCC, the boys choose from prefabricated
parts such as engines, tires, transmissions, carbs,
frames, tanks and fenders. They don't so much as make
bikes as they assemble them, with various parts that
have been manufactured by other companies. They don't
even do their own custom paint jobs. But they can
take some of these parts and alter them drastically
to fit the theme of the bike. You will have a lot
of choices, even with the various themes, but there
are a lot of themed parts that are basically useless
for use on any other bike, cosmetically speaking.
fun of customizing your own chopper is short-lived.
It's just too easy and basically irrelevant for the
majority of the gameplay which involves riding the
bikes and performing various objectives and missions.
It's would be great if the additions acted like a
sim racing game and actually made a noticeable difference
in speed and handling. As it is, the bikes suffer
from a weak control system that just doesn't have
the proper feel. The bikes don't have much weight
to them and feels too top heavy; not allowing your
character to lean in and out of turns. It's a shame
the bikes are so rigid since riding them is the major
part of the gameplay.
America Chopper 2 most of the gameplay revolves around
various styles of riding including different variations
on racing competitions and objection-based goals such
as scaring pedestrians, driving for a predetermined
time without an accident and avoiding getting caught
by the cops. These goals are like a poor-man's version
of GTA 3 as you run errands for the OCC boys and try
to please Paul Sr. Some of these objectives are necessary
to complete if you want to get to the next level and
unlock some of the show's more famous bikes such as
the PoW, Jet, Black Widow and Mikey's asinine Blues
run the gamut from drag to timed events, and from
motoball to poker derbies. Motoball is like a cross
between polo and soccer but it's played on motorcycles.
A poker derby involves reaching various checkpoints
where you receive one card from a regular playing
deck. After reaching five checkpoints, the player
with the best poker hand is the winner.
of the races and objectives are fun to explore but
leave no lasting impression. They don't compel you
to want to replay them for any reason. Think of this
game as nothing more than a series of half-hearted
mini-games involving the Teutul family, who by the
sounds of things, don't seem to be particularly interested
in this game either. Although the boys are featured
in lots of cutscenes, their delivery is uninspired.
Maybe they aren't really acting on the show, because
if these voiceovers are any indication, there are
no thespians in this family.
the game is decent but it never reaches the presentation
or spirit of the television show. Clipping occurs
as you drive right through obstacles in the environment
such as trees and signs. Slowdown occurs as reach
high speeds and you will also see pop up and seams
from time to time. It's sloppy. The lack of a multi-player
mode forces me to recommend this only as a rental.
I were Paul Sr. I would be heading down to the developer's
office intent on kicking some nerd-ass.
seven custom choppers from the hit TV series: P.O.W./MIA
Bike, Jet Bike Black Widow Bike plus more
and customize your own design
style points, unlock new bikes, parts and accessories
as you successfully complete your missions and assignments
physics and handling
the dangers of the road: road construction, truckers,
traffic and more
interactive storyline: as a new hire at the Teutul's
bike shop you will be at their mercy until you can
prove your worth