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First gameplay of Twisted Pixel's bizarre motorcycle martial arts game 'Lococycle'

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Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Lococycle from Twisted Pixel gets its first gameplay trailer, with first look at the voice cast, which includes Robert Patrick and Lisa Foiles.

The next game from Twisted Pixel, developer of the delightfully strange 'Splosion Man, Comic Jumper, and The Gunstringer, may be its most peculiar. Because this one, Lococycle, is about a sentient motorcycle that knows martial arts and her attempt to break free from the monolithic military contractor that created her.

And you're dragging some guy behind you the entire game? Yes, even while I.R.I.S, the freedom-seeking motorcycle assassin that knows Krav Maga and Jiu-jitsu, juggles armored soldiers in the air, as Lococycle's first gameplay trailer shows.

While the E3 2012 unveiling of Lococycle left us with many questions, watching the debut gameplay trailer will certainly help explain Twisted Pixel's latest creation, a mix of racing, vehicular combat, and tire-kicking.

Make sense? Here's some additional background on Lococycle, from the mouth of Twisted Pixel.

Pairing demure etiquette with flawless hand-to-hand combat skills, this superagent motorcycle has been hailed as the world's most perfect spy. Big Arms Incorporated, the multinational weapon manufacturer responsible for her construction, have so far denied all reports of I.R.I.S.'s escape, claiming her dampening algorithms would never allow her to go rogue. However, reports point to Big Arms' agents in widespread deployment across North America, and numerous sightings have been made of Big Arms' first generation combat motorcycle, S.P.I.K.E., said to be in hot pursuit.

In a separate video, Twisted Pixel announced that the voice talent behind Lococycle includes Robert Patrick (Terminator 2, The X-Files) and Lisa Foiles (All That), who portray killer motorcycles S.P.I.K.E. and I.R.I.S., respectively.

Twisted Pixel will be showcasing Lococycle at its PAX booth this weekend (#3102), unveiling real life I.R.I.S. and S.P.I.K.E. motorcycles built by Southern Metal Choppers and Legacy Effects, and talking more about the game at its "Twisted Pixel Variety Hour" panel on Sunday. Polygon will be there to hopefully make more sense of Lococycle's madness.

Lococycle is slated for a 2013 release on Xbox 360.

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