In light of the passing of Dave Mirra this week, I thought it be a gesture of good will to look back at one of his video game titles, Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2. At first glance, it looks like a BMX version of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, and realistically it’s not far off the mark.
Releasing in 2001 on PlayStation 2, Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2 is the follow up to its predecessor which released on the original PlayStation. Building on the original title, it added a career mode and a bunch of new multiplayer modes to play locally. The game also released on Gamecube, Xbox and GameBoy Advance.
The main game mode was called ‘Proquest’, which saw you completing set challenges in 3 minute time periods to earn respect points that unlocked new bikes and locations. Find all the gaps in a given level for a bonus respect payout. Gain enough respect points, and you are invited to take part in a competition involving pulling off air tricks, grinds and all sorts of mad BMX skills.
On the multiplayer front, there were a list of various game modes such as point challenges, ‘HORSE’, where you would try copy and outdo your opponent’s tricks, and Wipeout, where you would take turns doings as much bodily harm to yourself. The more damage, the better. The only fault with the multiplayer mode is that it was always turn based. There was no splitscreen option to ride at the same time, which is unfortunate. It was also limited to only two players.
Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2 also included a pretty cool park editor, letting players create their own bike parks using pre-made structures and scenery. These parks could then be used in single player sessions and multiplayer modes, adding endless customization to gameplay and increasing replayability.
Like any traditional extreme sports or Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater title, Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2 featured a licensed soundtrack. This included Rage Against the Machine, Sum 41, Black Sabbath and more.
- Rage Against the Machine – Wake Up
- Black Sabbath – Paranoid
- Sublime – Doin’ Time
- Sum 41 – Makes No Difference
- The Cult – She Sells Sanctuary
- A Tribe Called Quest – Buggin’ Out
- Methods of Mayhem – Hypocritical
- Godsmack – Awake
- Fenix TX – All My Fault
- Gang Starr – Moment of Truth
This week, Dave Mirra was found dead in the driver’s seat of his pickup truck outside a friend’s home. It appeared that he took his own life, with a gunshot wound to the head found. The news shocked family and friends, who say that he didn’t show any signs of being depressed or unhappy. He died a week before his 10th wedding anniversary, leaving two daughters behind. It is said he was making plans for the future, and wanted more kids in his hometown to ride bicycles, and was in talks with the mayor of Greenville about it.
A truly tragic story, and another legend gone.
Rest in Peace, Dave Mirra
[Source: Daily Mail]