Now You Can Act Like, Well, You Know
It was only a matter of time before Johnny Knoxville's "Jackass" series continued its journey from MTV and the big screen to video games.
Jackass: The Game plays like a fourth season of the TV show, with players taking over for injured director Jeff Tremaine. Divided into seven episodes, each featuring five stunts, the game retains the gang's adolescent gross-out humor. Some stunts are from the show, including the "party boy" (a rhythm-based game) and "wee tattoo" (drawing on an unstable target). Others take advantage of the video game world, which has the benefit of the reset button. "Pachinko precipice" involves tossing a crew member off a cliff; the player with the highest hospital bill wins. "Grenade golf" is about blowing up a house with well-aimed projectiles. In one of the game's multiplayer modes, two players can perform stunts simultaneously.
Cast regulars Steve-O, Jason Acu¿ and Knoxville provide voice work for the game and appear in unlockable video clips. Bam Margera, a regular in the Tony Hawk video games, is absent.
The PSP and PlayStation 2 versions of Jackass: The Game, which has bland visuals and can be beaten in about five hours, allow you to replay stunts from different angles and speeds. But only the PSP game lets you save and post videos online. The PSP version also supports downloadable content, making it the better buy.
-- John Gaudiosi
Jackass: The Game Mature; PlayStation 2, PSP ($30) MTV Games/Red Mile Entertainment Jackass: The Game Mature; PlayStation 2, PSP ($30) MTV Games/Red Mile Entertainment