3Xtreme combines high-speed racing, trick performing (over 270 in all) and some hand-to-hand combat as players compete using three types of equipment: inline skates, BMX bikes and skateboards. After you choose from seven polygonal racers, each rated in strength, stamina, freestyle ability, quickness and agility, you then decide on your gear (70 models in all).

The game is played from a third-person view behind your character as you try to finish each course in as fast a time as possible. Like previous games in the series, players can earn points by passing through gates or by performing tricks (over 45 aerial moves are possible). These points can then be used to purchase additional equipment and upgrades.

Players can select a Season, Exhibition, Time Trials or Freestyle competition. The main aspect of the game is the Season mode, which is divided into three circuits spanning multiple races: the first circuit involves six races; the second lasts eight races; and the third consists of ten races. A ranking system is then used to keep track of your progress during the season. Winning circuits with different athletes will unlock additional equipment, tracks (a total of 27 courses are included) and six more characters.

Exhibition is one race against the computer or a friend on a horizontally split screen, and the Time Trials involve streaking down a course trying to hit each gate on your way to the finish line. Freestyle, as you might have guessed, involves performing as many tricks as you can within the allotted time.

3Xtreme supports the vibration function on the Dual Shock Analog Controller, offers three camera angles (close, medium or far) and uses one block of memory card data to save your season progress, unlocked features and best times. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide