The premise of LocoCycle is simple: You are a high-tech combat motorcycle with advanced artificial intelligence who drags a helpless mechanic named Pablo along the road as you speed down roads battling enemies. The motorcycle, named I.R.I.S., voiced by Lisa Foiles, is armed with deadly vehicular kung fu moves to take down enemies, as well as guns for long-range confrontations. It definitely feels like a TwistedPixel game as it bursts with a sleek style and humor, which is sure to add excellent variety to the Xbox One library.
LocoCycle‘s combat feels satisfying with every hit that lands, including those dealt by Pablo, who can be tossed around like a human club. I.R.I.S. has the ability counter enemy attacks, which offers short, silly little animations as she deals a one-liner alongside her finishing move. Speed and power plays reaches a neat harmony, making traversing at fast speeds while battling enemies a blast.
Since I only had 8 minutes with the demo, I didn’t have the time to engage in a boss battle, but the game still managed to switch things up along the track by going offroad several times. It felt a little disorienting at times as there was no way of really knowing when and where to get back onto the road, but I was able to get back on track pretty easily.
There were occasional moments of long roads that allowed you to use the Turbo to your heart’s content, which gives the game a chance to show off some of its effects. In terms of graphics however, LocoCycle is not very impressive on the Xbox One. The textures aren’t exactly of the supreme detail that you would hope to see on a next-gen console, but the game still plays smoothly.
The funny banter between I.R.I.S. and Pablo, who does not speak English, does plenty to entertain even further beyond the action on-screen. The voice actors and developers seem to have done another excellent job with this title, and I am eager to see what else LocoCycle has in store when it hits the Xbox Live Arcade for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One on the newest system’s release date sometime in November.