ESPN Espn2 Extreme Games

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Alt. titles
"ESPN Street Games" -- Japanese title,
"ESPNストリートゲームス" -- Japanese Spelling,
"1Xtreme" -- 1998 Greatest Hits re-release
Published bySony Computer Entertainment of America   Developed bySony Interactive Studios America   ReleasedSep 09, 1995   PlatformDOS   PlayStation   GenreRacing / Driving   Sports   PerspectiveBehind view   GameplayTricks / Stunts   SportSkateboarding   MiscLicensed   

ESPN Extreme Games lets the player access three modes of play: Exhibition, New Season or a continuation of a season. Exhibition mode helps the player get to know the courses and equipment as well as get a feel for the controls. New season offers the player the chance to race against sixteen other competitors on any of the four racing machines competing for season points as well as money to upgrade equipment. Choose between roller blades, a luge (basically a sit-down skateboard), a mountain bike, and the skateboard. The player can also determine which character they want to race with, each one having a unique skill on one of the apparatus. For example one might be top-notch at roller blading but be bad at bike-riding so there is no point choosing the bike with him/her. In a season, the player competes in the five locations - three times, twelve in all and each time the obstacles become more and more tricky to avoid as well as the other racers becoming faster and more agile. The tracks are: Italy - Country roads leading down to a town area; Lake Tahoe - Twisting roads and strategically placed haystacks; South America - Lots of caves and thin jungle roads; San Francisco - Hundreds of obstacles and hills; Utah - Falling rocks, secret routes, and some hungry looking crocodiles. Sony's ESPN license had expired by the time the game's Greatest Hits release came out in 1998, hence it was retitled 1Xtreme (a sequel named 2Xtreme had been released in 1997) and all ESPN logos and video footage were removed from the release.