|Jackass: The Game|
|Developer(s)||Sidhe (PS2, PSP)
Sensory Sweep Studios (DS)
|Publisher(s)||Red Mile Entertainment (DS)
Empire Interactive (PS2 and PSP)
|Genre(s)||Action-adventure, extreme sports|
Jackass: The Game is a video game based on the television series Jackass. It was developed under license by Sidhe for the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable. The Nintendo DS version of the game was developed by Sensory Sweep Studios in.
All of the Jackass cast (excluding Bam Margera, who does not appear in the game due to contractual commitments with Activision) and crew provided their own voices and supply their likenesses for the game, according to Sidhe Interactive. The game uses motion capture to replicate the cast’s movements. However, Ryan Dunn did not participate in the filming of the motion capture due to him being diagnosed with depression because of a blood clot. He does, however, voice his in-game character. Johnny Knoxville and other members of the Jackass team also provided stunt ideas to the developer based on unused stunts from the show.
In an article by IGN.com, it was stated that the video game would consist of a set of 40 minigames that closely follow aspects of both the series and the movies. Jason “Wee-Man” Acuña has his own set of minigames in the video game. It is stated on the official game website that the DS version has an open environment with which players interact to pull off stunts.
After Jeff Tremaine is hospitalized due to suffering (in the words of Johnny Knoxville) a “vagina sprain” (it is shown in the first cutscene between stages that Tremaine had slipped on a banana peel and crashed crotch-first into a fire hydrant as a result of a prank), the crew calls upon you to step up and fill the role as director of Jackass. Your goal is to collect the best footage from up to 36 different stunts throughout the game to create an all-new season of Jackass for MTV. All stunts have a minimum requirement for content before MTV will approve an episode for broadcast. These requirements are broken up into specific objectives for each stunt. The new season requires seven episodes of Jackass footage.
Gameplay modes and Features
Jackass: The Game offers two gameplay modes for players, as well as two bonus features:
- MTV Story Mode: The primary campaign mode for Jackass: The Game. By playing through this mode, you can unlock new content within the game, such as new characters and outfits.
- Episodes: Stunts are collected into groups called “Episodes”. Episodes in the game are similar to the format and structure of the TV series, collecting a series of five stunts which may or may not be related by a general theme. In each episode, the player is free to complete the stunts in any order.
Additionally, Jackass: The Game contains two bonus features within the game:
- Director Mode: This mode gives players the ability to use their saved replays from various stunts and edit the footage as they see fit. Players are given a variety of different camera angles to edit each replay how they’d like. This feature is only available in the PSP version.
Theater: This feature contains actual stunts from the Jackass TV series for players to view. Theater mode includes stunts such as “The Vomelet”, “Party Boy”, and “The Cup Test”. This feature also includes a special behind-the-scenes look at the Jackass cast recording their individual voice-overs for the game