Words and video by Scott Connor
Nostalgia is defined by a sentimental longing or wistful affection for a period in the past. When discussing BMX video games, nostalgia is practically all we have. It’s been well over a decade (10 years, not the trick) since we’ve had a fully fledged 3D BMX game on any console. But why? Well, unfortunately for us, from the perspective of game publishers it’s just not deemed worthy to invest the time and money needed to produce a quality product.
The pinnacle of skateboarding video games was reached with EA‘s Skate series. They struck the perfect balance between realism and fun. However, after releasing three stellar and commercially successful titles, the development team behind the game was shut down and people have been campaigning for a 4th instalment ever since.
However, for BMX it’s been several generations of hardware since we last had a fully fledged game. The masses are hungry for such a game, that’s for sure.
Over the course of three articles we are going to replay what many consider the greatest BMX games ever made. We’ll try to form some objective opinions and see just how these games hold-up after all this time. Are they really still as fun as our monkey brains remember?
So, let’s get to it! Jumping straight in with quite possibly the greatest BMX game ever. A true classic that’s been marinating in nostalgia for almost 16 years. Yup, it’s really been that long…. 16 years!