you're thinking the same thing that I am, that a game
with the name, Crusty Demons, can't be taken seriously,
then you would be right. Unfortunately you can't take
the gameplay seriously either.
by Cole Smith
28, 2006 - Seemingly
inspired by the glut of bad, 50's drive-in movies,
Crusty Demons features a bevy of bikers, hell-raising
stunts and a deal with the Devil himself. The game
might not have been bad if it were more along the
lines of an action adventure game. Instead, Crusty
Demons is primarily a racing game. The premise is
actually imaginative and has plenty of potential but
ultimately it's marred by poor controls, unrealistic
physics and some incredibly demanding missions. Even
if it were great from a technical standpoint the gameplay
is too redundant for the average gamer.
group of hardcore, extreme, motocross racers known
as the Crusty Demons have all died performing a crazy
stunt. The Devil knows talent when he sees it and
offers the riders an opportunity at immortality if
they sell their souls to him and do his bidding. They
will be able to perform even more spectacular stunts,
since death-defying is a term that they can now use
literally. They will get hurt however, so when you
hit an immovable object, your rider will feel the
pain. Often the rider will be launched into the air,
kicking and screaming until he plows into a wall or
the side of car. And yes, the blood will spill. It's
a great sight to behold, the first few times but you
can expect to see these animations repeated over and
over again as the poor control system goes out of
its way to contribute to these disasters.
begin the game by choosing a character and a bike.
Each combination will have different attributes. Finding
the style that's best for you is not as easy as you
might think because all characters are hindered by
the control system which makes you feel as though
you're controlling the machines in heavy gravity.
It's not a very responsive system, while at the same
time the collision detection system is too sensitive
first destination is the trailer park where you'll
learn the ropes about riding with the Crusty Demon
extreme team. Here you will encounter several southern
redneck characters that will teach you how to perform
all kinds of wheelies, jumps, rolls, donuts, flips
and other sick tricks. The bikes actually handle fairly
well when there's not a lot of things in your way,
but that's a huge part of the upcoming gameplay and
avoiding or implementing such obstacles, while pulling
off tricks and trying to be the first to reach the
finish line, can be overwhelming at times. There are
different objectives that you must accomplish to appease
Satan, and while some are easy, others will have you
biting your arm out of sheer frustration. Whatever
you do, don't take it out on yourself, blame the gameplay
mechanics like I do.
include New York City, Cancun, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Rio
and parts of the Arizona desert. You can choose to
free roam through these locales or perform side-missions
to earn more points. Free roaming is not as much fun
as it sounds because these locations are confined
to small areas of the city. In New York for example,
you don't get to play in an area much bigger than
the Manhattan Theater District. The Arizona desert
and the beaches of Cancun appear larger but that's
only because they don't have a lot of landmarks indicating
that the scenery is repeating. Graphically these locations
don't look bad but they far from convincing.
tricks for points is probably the least annoying gameplay
aspect. Learning all of the button combinations is
a pain in the ass as they just don't feel natural.
If you're a fan of other motocross games, even BMX
games, you will find that the controls aren't exactly
user-friendly. And once you find out that there's
not really much to this game you might not feel like
making that kind of time investment.
are the best way to score the most points. The longer
that you can keep the tricks going continually, the
better the score that you will get. You can do various
air tricks when you launch yourself off some makeshift
ramps but you don't have to do a lot of ground tricks
to keep the combo alive. All you have to do is pop
a wheelie and drive around to the next ramp to get
more air. These kind of gameplay shortcuts take the
fun out of things.
easy missions will have you completing time trials
and other race-related shenanigans. Where things should
get interesting, they quickly turn frustrating. The
more difficult missions will have you use your rider
like a projectile, hitting various targets such as
second-story windows or giant balloons. In order to
launch your rider you must hit some kind of obstacle
at the right angle, and at the correct speed. At best,
it's trial and error. You will be working against
inferior camera angles, unrealistic and unpredictable
physics, a vague mini-map of the region and a confusing
control scheme. Regardless of how many times I tried
to get it right, I just could not seem to get any
better at it. All I could hope to get was lucky.
the multi-player mode, up to four players can join
the Crusty Demon team and take part in the story mode
through the magic (or annoyance) of the split screen.
With points earned you will be able to unlock new
bikes, riders, videos and even photos of the real-life
Crusty Demons extreme team. Who knew they were real?
Demons deserves a sequel, not because it's that good,
but because it deserves another chance to get it right.
The concept is sound and original. Hopefully the developers
will make the game more action/adventure-oriented
to break up the monotony. Needless to say improvements
must be made in the control system. It also wouldn't
hurt to add a few hundred different crash animations
to keep us inspired. Crusty Demons could be one hell
of a game but as it is now, it's hell to play.
Developed by CLIMAX the makers of hits such as ATV
Offroad Fury 3 and ATV Offroad Fury Blazing' Trails.
roaming worlds to maximize the violence and destruction
world class riders - Seth Enslow, Jeremy "Twitch"
Stenberg, Ronnie Faisst, Kenny "The Cowboy"
Bartram, and Dan Pastor.
game modes deliver a deep game play experience -
Story, Free Ride and Multiplayer
International locations to trash
different vehicles including dirt bikes, ATVs, Super
Bikes, Ice Cream Trucks and more.
moves to create the gnarliest of crashes.
your own slam movies with full camera control &
fail, bail! Throw yourself from your bike at anytime