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LocoCycle review

LocoCycle review

All torque.

Sometimes, art imitates art. Take LocoCycle, a QTE-addled blaster and brawler inspired, allegedly, by a viewing of the horrid motorbike action movie Torque ("A peculiarly slow kind of torture" - Salon.com). The idea, I suspect, was to make the video game equivalent of a bad movie - that is, a game with all the pleasures a bad movie can offer but none of the attendant pitfalls. You'd get the goofiness, the endearing cheapness and the warm thrill of the implausible, but you'd be saved from the tedium, the mindlessness, the slow creep of frustration.

Sadly, it hasn't quite worked out that way.

Yet I still find it hard to describe the LocoCycle set-up without it sounding like something I want to play. Everyone I explain it to has a good laugh, too (although, granted, some people also say, "Um, that sounds a bit racist"). Twisted Pixel's downloadable Xbox One launch title revolves around I.R.I.S., a future-tech military superbike who's struck by lightning, Johnny Five-style. Inevitably, she develops a serious case of free will, ditching a life of drone warfare to head across the States and visit a biker rally. She sets off in something of a hurry, as well, taking her mechanic Pablo along with her when his trouser leg becomes tangled in her exhaust pipe. This is the next five hours of your life, then: follow I.R.I.S. and Pablo as the former drags the latter across hundreds of miles of US roadway, tackling the shadowy agents sent to bring them down and also tangling with S.P.I.K.E., a rival future-tech military superbike, voiced by Robert Patrick.

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Twisted Pixel making an Xbox One launch title called LocoCycle

Twisted Pixel making an Xbox One launch title called LocoCycle

Downloadable, also on Xbox 360, but better on XO.

Sposion Man and Gunstringer dev Twisted Pixel has revealed itself to be working on an Xbox One launch title called LocoCycle.

It's a downloadable game that will also be released on Xbox 360. On Xbox One, however, LocoCycle will run in 1080p at 60 frames per second "in addition to countless other graphical improvements", the developer wrote.

LocoCyle is a game about a mechanic and his sentient futuristic motorbike, which seems to drag him around at high speeds while pursuing crooks of some kind. Looks like a light-hearted, physics-heavy scenario to me.

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Twisted Pixel reveals first gameplay footage of Lococycle

Twisted Pixel reveals first gameplay footage of Lococycle

Play as an acrobatic, gun-toting, ass-kicking motorcycle.

'Splosion Man and Comic Jumper developer Twisted Pixel has released a couple of trailers showing off gameplay of its upcoming title Lococycle, due next year on Xbox 360.

The game stars a sentient high-tech motorcycle named I.R.I.S. on the run from her creators who've sent the villainous bike S.P.I.K.E. to retrieve her.

Gameplay looks to be a mix of driving, shooting and some third-person hack-and-slash mechanics as I.R.I.S. can leap into the air and kick her tires like she's made of rubber.

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LocoCycle unveiled

Mysterious racer coming to XBLA in 2013.

There's a new game coming in from Twisted Pixel, the developer behind The Gunstringer and 'Splosion Man - and it seems to star a sentient motorcycle.