The development team at Twisted Pixel has made their name as being a tad…eccentric, with games like ‘Splosion Man and Comic Jumper proving that their sense of humor can be as refreshing as it is odd. And with the studio’s upcoming Xbox One launch title LocoCycle taking the idea farther than ever, the first trailer for the game doesn’t disappoint.
Taking the story of an artificially intelligent motorcycle in a fight against an evil corporation into live-action might seem odd, but we can’t help but think that’s entirely the point.
Featuring the acting talents of Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead), Freddy Rodriguez (Deathproof), and writer/director James Gunn (Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy), the live-action trailer does a good job of laying out the story of the bike brawler – even if the blockbuster treatment isn’t quite indicative of the actual gameplay.
As one of Microsoft’s gallery of exclusive titles for the Xbox One, developer and publisher have apparently spared no expense, calling on some notable genre talent to entertain players. The live-action cast will be complementing Lisa Foiles (voice actress for Ms. ‘Splosion Man), entrusted with bringing the robotic motorbike known as ‘I.R.I.S.’ to life. And from our hands-on time with the game, the in-game writing alone will give fans of the studio the humor they’re hoping for.
For those unfamiliar, LocoCycle puts players in control of I.R.I.S. as she travels at high velocity down a number of highways and roadways, engaging in combat with an army of bikers and government agents along the way. That combat is fueled by the super-bike’s arsenal of rockets and machine-guns, but chaining combos together largely means unleashing melee attacks by slamming Pablo – the unwilling passenger – to and fro.
The core gameplay is as satisfying as it sounds, but having only played the game at various press events, our only doubt is just how long that gameplay loop can remain entertaining before becoming repetitive. If this live-action footage is a sign of the cutscenes that Twisted Pixel has crafted to break up the campaign, then it could do the trick.
How interested are you in trying LocoCycle for yourself? Does the trailer show just enough humor to gain a bit more of your attention, or will you wait until the game releases to make a decision? Sound off in the comments.
LocoCycle will be released in 2013 for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One via Xbox Live Arcade.
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