Crusty Demons hands-on

Bailing is even built into a bunch of the game's missions - in one, for example, we had to launch off the bike and try to knock down a bunch of huge bowling pins. And then there are the "bail targets" - huge golden plates you'll need to shatter with your flying body - which also play a big role during multiplayer matches.

In the meantime, though, there looks to be plenty of other stuff to do, much of it unsavory. In the first level, for example, we were told to pop disturbingly overinflated sex dolls, and then we traded in our bike for a tiny car that we used to run down pimps for a vengeful prostitute. And this was in addition to all the stunt challenges and hidden areas that you'd expect from this type of game.

While it's all fairly fun and simple, we did notice one weak spot - the races. As lenient as the stunt levels are, these level-ending runs are unforgiving and brutal. They're fast and filled with obstacles, and when you inevitably crash into something and fly off your bike, it gives everyone else a chance to pull way ahead, usually costing you the race. We're not sure if the developers have any plans to tweak this before release, but we hope so.

Maybe it was the awful name, but we admit we didn't think much of Crusty Demons at first. Spending some time with it has changed our minds, though; this game is easy, stupid fun. The horrific-but-hilarious injuries and slow-motion bails do a lot to set it apart, so we're looking forward to seeing how it shapes up when it hits stores later this month. In the meantime, you can check out our trailer by clicking the movies tab above.

Mikel Reparaz
After graduating from college in 2000 with a BA in journalism, I worked for five years as a copy editor, page designer and videogame-review columnist at a couple of mid-sized newspapers you've never heard of. My column eventually got me a freelancing gig with GMR magazine, which folded a few months later. I was hired on full-time by GamesRadar in late 2005, and have since been paid actual money to write silly articles about lovable blobs.