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What new ideas the game brings to the table and how well old ideas are presented.
How good a game looks, taking into account any flaws such as bad collision or pop-up.
Does the game’s music and sound effects get you involved or do they make you resolve to always play with the volume down?
Basically, the controller to human interface. The less you think about the hunk of plastic in your hands, the better the playability.
Flat out, just how fun the game is to play. The most important factor in rating a game.
The sequel to last year’s Road Trip struggles off the bunny hill and
into the competition. The game starts with Shaun tagging along as a few
of his schlubby friends drive to the airport, ready to embark on a
multi-tiered global competition. However, the second his friends reach
their gate, Shaun sprints off to polish his medals and make Red Bull
ads. You play as Shaun late in the game, but most of the time you’re
riding without him. It’s unfortunate, because his friends – and the
game in general – could have benefited from some professional expertise.
to three friends can join in at any time and co-op progress transfers
over to your single-player game, but you might not feel like
progressing through this skin-deep snowboarding sim. Shaun’s trick set
was pretty thin last year, and Ubisoft hasn’t done much to teach him
anything new. The shallow gameplay suffers because trick recovery and
railgrinding are still too forgiving.
Ubisoft mixes up the action
with a variety of half-pipe challenges, timed scoring challenges, and
pure speed races. The new streamlined courses seem more conscious of
the fact that you are using a motion controller, letting you
concentrate on stringing tricks together rather than having to focus on
preventing your player from plowing straight into the course fence.
new feature is World Stage’s create-a-trick mode. If you have a Wii
MotionPlus you can design your own moves by having your boarders
replicate the motions you make with the Wii remote. It’s a nice concept
but it’s hard to translate your trick ideas into the real thing. The
other Wii peripheral World Stage uses is the Wii Balance board, but you
should just stick to using the standard remote. You might as well ride
a peanut-butter covered skateboard down an elephant’s back for how
impractical and testy Shaun’s controls become on the balance board.
Shaun may have walked away with the gold, but his games still can’t qualify.
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