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Shaun White Skateboarding
17 April 2011
Conclusion: I started playing this game in late july, early August at a friend's house. he never played it and gave it to me since i like achievements, and he figured i could get 'em all. anyway, i find the storyline to be pretty decent, but the control sceme seems like a generic rip off of the "skate" franchise mixed with the old lame tony hawk proskater games. for the most part i found the game fun and entertaining, even though i've yet to beat it after 5-6 months.
Summary: If nothing else, Shaun White Skateboarding is interesting. It's full of crazy ideas that no other skateboarding franchise has attempted. I'm talking about magical powers and air skating. Unfortunately, these abilities are the only highlight in this disappointing extreme sports game! This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on. However, that does not always apply to classic/retro games.
Excerpt: Skateboarding games have seen their share of ups and downs over the years. Before EA's Skate came into the picture, Tony Hawk branded games had been a force in the video game industry starting in the late 1990's. Somehow along the way the franchise became a little stale and never really made any significant leaps over its competition or original predecessor. So to this day, EA’s Skate has seemingly remained the current undisputed champ of boarding games.
Excerpt: Shaun White Skateboarding shows a fair deal of promise when you start the game. There’s an intriguing introduction to the dystopian world of New Harmony wherein players will soon be guiding their character through a moral uprising. The world is run by The Ministry and all forms of emotion and sentiment are banned. In fact, anything that may even remotely evoke emotions is banned. That means any tones of colour besides grey are just never in season.
Excerpt: Most people don't realize that Shaun White is just as accomplished a skateboarder as a snowboarder. Sure, he's mostly a vert skater, but the man has won more competitions than full time skaters care to admit. In an attempt to give Tony Hawk and EA's Skate a run for their money, Shaun White Skateboarding tweaks the template with a greater emphasis on story, and the ability to transform the environment in real time. Is it totally rad or worse than bad?
Excerpt: The skateboarding genre was the deciding factor in my initial purchase of a Playstation, breaking my cycle of staunch Nintendo-only support since the late 80s. The Tony Hawk series was the reining king for many years, slowly transforming from an over-the-top arcade style game to a system that was a lot more grounded in reality.
Conclusion: Shaun White Skateboarding pushes a novel world-shifting mechanic with some interesting branches, but it all grows stale in the company of questionable gameplay. The design is fundamentally lacking incentive and balance, as it’s far too quick to punish players for every little mistake during exploration.