During Microsoft’s E3 2012 Press Conference, a brief, essentially nondescript trailer announced the existence of LocoCycle, the next game from Twisted Pixel, developer of such surreal entertainments as Comic Jumper and The Gunstringer. The LocoCycle announcement trailer gave practically nothing away, focusing as it did on an stationary, futuristic motorcycle that brought to mind Tron Legacy or, perhaps, the Extreme-G games (remember those?).
LocoCycle is on its way to PAX Prime this weekend, and in advance of that appearance, Twisted Pixel has released two trailers for the game: one focused on gameplay, and one focused on LocoCycle’s voice cast. Frankly, we had absolutely no idea of what to expect from the game before now. Having seen the trailer, I think it’s safe to say that fans of Twisted Pixel’s uniquely skewed sensibilities will feel right at home with LocoCycle.
If the gameplay trailer at the top of this page begs a single question (and if you haven’t watched it yet, you really need to), it is this: what is the rider for? The futuristic, transforming motorcycle is I.R.I.S., which stands for… well, we don’t know what it stands for. Yet. What we do know from the the trailer is that I.R.I.S. is loaded with weaponry, talks a bit like GLaDOS, likes to drive really fast and can jump up into the air to physically beat up on her opponents.
The poor, poor rider — who I dearly hope has some kind of indestructible, futuristic pants, anything to keep him from being torn to shreds by the pavement — just dangles alongside I.R.I.S. as she goes about her business. This being a Twisted Pixel game, there must be more to the rider than that, but for now, nobody’s talking.
Nobody, that is, except for LocoCycle’s voice cast, which includes Lisa Foiles, formerly of Nickelodeon’s All That (she also worked on Ms. Splosian Man), as I.R.I.S. and Robert Patrick, whose credits are too numerous to consider (though it’ll probably always be his role as Terminator 2’s T-1000 that gets cited), as S.P.I.K.E. — and no, we don’t know what that stands for either.
The LocoCycle voice talent trailer offers a few clues to the game’s plot: I.R.I.S. and S.P.I.K.E. were apparently created by the same person/people/organization/Motorcycle God, but have since taken divergent paths in life, much to S.P.I.K.E.’s chagrin. The conflict between the two appears to drive much of the action, but who knows what the full game has in store?
Mechanically, LocoCycle looks to combine vehicular combat, racing and fighting game mechanics, though again, you never can tell what Twisted Pixel is going to pack into its games. Nor is there any word on whether LocoCycle is destined for Xbox Live Arcade or a full retail release — with any luck, we’ll know more post PAX.
There are many, many games that are technically accomplished and mechanically sound, but have absolutely no personality to speak of. Twisted Pixel’s games, on the other hand, are all about personality — though they are sometimes lacking in the “mechanically sound” department (read our Gunstringer and Comic Jumper reviews for examples). Could LocoCycle be the first Twisted Pixel game to deliver both great personality and unimpeachable gameplay? Here’s hoping. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
LocoCycle is due for Xbox 360 in 2013.
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Source: Twisted Pixel