Excerpt: There hasn't been a watercraft title since the stellar Wave Race 64 for the N64, but now there could be a little competition on the PS2 in the form of Splashdown . Not knowing what to expect, I slid in the Splashdown disc hoping for at least a decent looking racer. After the game loaded, my roommate passed out and I wet my pants on the spot. The game looks that good.
Excerpt: Splashdown for the Xbox is a wave-runner racing game with some really great water effects. While the original PlayStation 2 version was praised for its gameplay mechanics and all-around solid presentation, the game lacked any sort of serious wave dynamics, which made it seem more like a traditional racing game as opposed to one that takes place on water.
Excerpt: I've known Splashdown was something special since I first played it at E3 earlier this year. What I didn't know, however was how good it was going to turn out, especially the abso-frickin-lutely amazing water effects. Every part of the game is polished and well-rounded from the physics to the graphics to the soundtrack. Rainbow Studios has a knack for making good games for other publishers.
Excerpt: Ever since the release of Nintendo's Wave Racer for the N64, absolutely nothing has been able to reproduce the intense and extreme feeling set by Nintendo's jet-ski racer title. In fact, the standard was so high that no other publisher or developer even bothered to go up against Wave Racer. Wave Racer's incredible water physics, mountain high waves and impressive trick system really made the game that much more addictive.
Excerpt: A couple of weeks ago the latest Official Australian Playstation Magazine landed on my desk. As per usual the first thing to do was to throw the demo disc into the PS2 and have a look at the upcoming games.