Summary: All in all, Downhill Domination
is a fun racer and a nice addition to the field. Easy controls, a great
sense of speed and violence, and some entertaining tracks all keep it
really high on my "extreme" sports list. My only real complaint is the
lack of on-line play (and, really Sony…if you want to convince people
you have an on-line platform shouldn't your first party games ALL have
it?), but it's forgivable and still fun.
Pros: Great concept, smooth controls, and some killer racing.
Cons: Some graphics glitches and no on-line...What the hell?
Excerpt: Konami’s Le Tour De France may have stayed rooted to its source material; although sadly the task of taking on this ever-aging and gruelling event doesn’t exactly convert into an enjoyable game that well. Thankfully Downhill Domination is the total opposite, commanding enjoyment rather then constant attention. At the end of the day, going downhill is much less imposing then attempting to vigorously push yourself up a steep incline anyway.
Excerpt: The graphics in Downhill Domination are those of a mixed bag. At first glance, the visuals won't make your jaw drop. However, upon closer examination, you'll begin to notice the little things. The surrounding scenery is highly detailed with lots of activity; hikers, animals, forces of nature, all are doing their own things. They are also part of the track, making them more than superficial.
Excerpt: Flying down the side of a mountain, hitting jumps and pulling stunts while trying your best not to hit a tree or rock. The latest snowboarding game? No, in this one you're on a bike and there's no snow to cushion your falls. Downhill Domination is a mountain bike downhill racing game that's all extreme arcade action - a sport for the insane in the membrane crowd.
Excerpt: Mountain biking games are few and far between. The barely controllable and poorly realised section of the Dreamcast’s Sega Extreme Sports and Codemasters’ own PSone title – No Fear Downhill Mountain Biking – being the only titles that you could honestly put into the tiny sub-sub-sub-genre alongside Downhill Domination , a game that attempts to mix two wheels with the sublime fluidity of SSX Tricky .
Conclusion: You might not think that a biking game is up your street, but once you brave it and get in the saddle, you’ll want to play through all of the extremely stunning courses and come away with the lead. It’s fast and furious and gives a great feeling of speed. Now, who says that racing games are going downhill?