Throwback Thursday: Mountain Biking Console Games
In the late 90's mountain biking was becoming a truly mainstream affair. Corporate sponsorships rained money down on the world's best athletes and the World Cup events were broadcast live on terrestrial TV. Arguably, this piqued an interest in our sport and console game developers made the link between mountain biking and gamers, deciding to develop games that, only a few years prior to their release, were a dream.No Fear Downhill Mountain BikingBack in the late 1990's, we were lucky enough to have No Fear Downhill Mountain Biking for the PlayStation 1, starring Rob Warner, on our TV screens. The graphics were mindblowing (at the time, anyway) and the racing was intense – if head-to-head button bashing was your thing.Downhill DominationThen in 2003, Downhill Domination launched on the PS2. The action was exaggerated – jumps were massive, the (limited) repertoire of tricks were fully extended and you were pitted against more than just one other rider on the track in a mad dash to the finish line. It put mountain biking firmly in the mainstream eye but, unfortunately, didn't sell enough copies to warrant a sequel.Mountain Bike AdrenalineFinally, Mountain Bike Adrenaline hit our shelves in 2007. Released on the PS2 and PC, the game flopped – receiving a meagre 3 out 10 on IGN. The less said about this game the better!