Virtual Skipper 5: 32nd America's Cup - The Game review (PC)
26 May 2007
Excerpt: is a sailboat racing simulation, and a sailboat racing simulation by its very nature is pretty much the exact opposite of the white knuckle speed-thrill games (for comparison, the top speed I've seen in this game is around 45 km/h. Noticably slower than 2,000).
Excerpt: Air Ride was originally intended as a Nintendo 64 launch title. Back then HAL was aiming for a mini-golf style game, which quickly turned into a racing game with a tilting table. Which then was scrapped in favor of a ‘true’ racing game. Which turned into...
Excerpt: Simplicity seems to be NintendoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s strong suit these days. NintendoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s latest, Kirby Air Ride, is quite frankly the epitome of simple. HAL Laboratory obviously holds the same philosophy, since they were the ones who actually developed this title. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m a person who likes things simple, however, there is a major difference between Kindergarten simple and college graduate simple.
Conclusion: Kirby's Air Ride features some of the greatest videogame music the industry has seen in a long while. Classic Kirby tunes that every fan of the franchise loves make a triumphant return in Air Ride, and they are even touched up a bit with somewhat of a remix feel. Don’t worry though, all of the tunes are still very similar to their originals. It was surprising to see the perfect amount of old and new school so that everyone is happy.
Summary: Kirby, Kirby, Kirby, that’s the name of the show! Kirby, Kirby, Kirby, his new game is so-so!
Pros: Air Ride’s missions, especially in single player, A large assortment of vehicles, LAN gaming, Top Ride, both alone and with friends, Unlockable vehicles, music, and more!
Cons: Battle mode (City Trial) is a bust, LAN gaming only supports four players, Not enough tracks, Simplistic control scheme introduces inconveniences, Vehicle and attack imbalances stifle Air Ride’s multiplayer.
Summary: Can a one-button racing game be fun? Kirby Air Ride answers the question with a resounding yes.
Pros: Colorful, cheery visuals and audio capture Kirby's world nicely., Fun multiplayer modes, particularly with gamers of varying skill levels, Good control, course design, and sense of speed, One-button control scheme works well and is easy to learn., Plenty of extras to unlock
Cons: A few more courses would have been nice., One-button control scheme works for many, but not all., Unlocking all the extras can be time-consuming.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Kirby Air Ride is a very love-or-hate affair. You're going to hail it game of the year or worst game ever. If you think you'll like it you probably will, if you're unsure give it a rent. This game certainly kept us occupied.
Summary: As we’ve learned from the casual gaming market in recent years, "simple" doesn’t always equate to a "dull" experience, and that mostly rings true for Kirby Air Ride as there's a fair amount of multiplayer fun to be had in each of its three game modes. In fact, parents of small children just may find it to be the perfect way to introduce their kids and/or non-gaming spouses to video games.