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Pimp My Ride review

Disappointing
AT A GLANCE
  • Pimping your ride
  • Voice acting
  • Bonus DVD if you pre-ordered
  • This isn't what you wanted
  • Terrible minigames
  • It's not fun

There's a ton of potential with Pimp My Ride. Activision could really go full throttle and deliver something that is absurdly enjoyable as the television series. Instead we get a lousy, limited GTA-wannabe that almost has nothing related to the actual show.

Think of Grand Theft Auto's Liberty City for a moment. Now, envision just a few blocks of it. Demote the visuals, scratch off the guns and hookers, and make every building a cardboard box. This is Pimp City - and trust us, it's not that kind of city. After the beginning set-ups, like selecting the car that will be your pimping project, you travel around town, heading toward the two to four minigames that are scattered in town. Hopefully, you really love searching for highlighted green areas to start minigames.



Above: At least your van looks kinda shiny, right? Nope, these are Xbox 360 screens

We also hope you love lame minigames that are more dopey than dope. They all rely on pressing the corresponding buttons at the time of the rhythm, like Parappa the Rapper. It's ridiculously easy, though, as it goes too slowly. There are just a few of these lasting the entire game, and since this is an integral force to snagging some dough, it becomes most of what you'll be playing. But hey, if you get tired of this, you can always snab some green by smashing into cars and grabbing the coins that pop out. That's... not really better at all, is it?

Once you collect enough cash, you basically head back to the garage, grab the auto that needs the treatment, and go around finding your posse to help pimp the car. Under a time limit, you go around and buy accessories that sound cool and will make the car look wicked. Once done, there's a nice little reenactment from the show, videogame style.

And that's about it, folks. It's not fun, and it drives so off course from the show that it should be embarrassed. Graphics are ugly, minigames are dull, and there just isn't any will to plow through this. Some retailers supported a pre-order bonus (which might be still in action some places) in which the game came with the entire first season of the TV series on DVD; we're thinking that was an premeditated apology for this.

More Info

Release date: Apr 03 2007 - PSP
Dec 05 2006 - Xbox 360
Nov 22 2006 - PS2
Feb 19 2008 - Wii (US)
Mar 16 2007 - PSP
Dec 05 2006 - Xbox 360
Nov 22 2006 - PS2 (UK)
Available Platforms: PSP, Xbox 360, PS2, Wii
Genre: Racing
Published by: Activision
Developed by: Eutechnyx
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Strong Lyrics
PEGI Rating:
12+

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