If you’re old enough, you might remember a game called Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX. The important thing is that it was essentially Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater with with pedal bikes instead of skateboards. Watching a hands-off demo of the upcoming Parcel Corps reminded us of it somewhat – with a peppering of Crazy Taxi thrown in, too. Needless to say, Parcel Corps looks hella fun.
Jump into Parcel Corps, and you’re going to be introduced to the world of being a bicycle-based messenger. Want to make a name for yourself and progress your career? You’re going to have to pick up jobs and complete them efficiently. Tapping the pedal button is a good way to start, and soon you’ll find a job or two that you can start by simply scanning a QR code. Then, after a short job briefing, you’re good to go.
Typically, Parcel Corps will see you racing to make deliveries with limited amount of time. And in that endeavour, any notion of health and safety is thrown out of the window. You don’t have to weave in and out of traffic, slide under lorries or bounce on car roofs, but if it helps you make a delivery on time, go for it. Tricks are on the menu, too. Pulling off a wallride or a grind not only looks cool, but may also help you reach otherwise inaccessible areas.
Parcel Corps is ridiculous, then, but in the best possible way. It’s the lovechild of Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX and Crazy Taxi, with the visual aesthetic of Jet Set Radio. If that doesn’t get your juices flowing, we don’t know what will. Though while we’re excited about making deliveries at breakneck pace, we’re also looking forward to simply exploring its open world environments. A world this vibrant just begs to be explored. And your familiarity with it will pay off, too, allowing you to put together the best routes for any future deliveries you need to make.
Developed by Billy Goat Entertainment and set for release next year on PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC, we’re genuinely hyped for Parcel Corps after seeing it in action. We can’t wait to dart around its world, meeting its weird and wonderful cast of characters while unravelling the game’s story. And we get the feeling that there’s much more to this outlandish delivery sim still to be announced. So, watch this space, and perhaps wishlist Parcel Corps on Steam in the meantime.