|System: Wii, PC, DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: inXile Entertainment||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Genius Products||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Sep. 16, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The physics engine plays a big role in this game, as much of the fun revolves around how your rider reacts to the paths that you create. At many times, it felt quite good, but at other times, the physics engine inexplicably failed. For example, crashes are quite satisfying and it's really fun to see your sledder fly off a ramp and then stick the landing further on. But on the other hand, I had a few scenarios where my rider completely flew through a line. It's a glitch, obviously, but with such an obvious emphasis on making the physics engine work realistically, it's surprising that a bug like this got through into the final retail version of the game.
The story mode is not particularly impressive, but what the game really does well is the level editor. It's surprisingly deep and is also fairly accessible; once you really get a handle of the game's mechanics, you'll find that you'll be able to make some pretty solid levels. You've got to test your levels to prove they're possible, but once you do so, you're able to upload your levels and they'll be available for download for anybody who has the game. Downloading other user-created content is also great, and if you really get hooked on this game, the downloadable content essentially ensures that you'll be getting your money's worth with Line Rider 2.
In the end, it boils down to whether or not you enjoyed the first Line Rider. If you found yourself really addicted, Line Rider 2: Unbound might be worth a look. But, if you're like me and checked it out, then promptly found it shallow and not particularly exciting, you may want to take a pass. It's not a bad game; there are some good ideas here, and once you get a handle on the creation mechanics, then it's a fairly satisfying game. Still, the inconsistencies in difficulty and almost unfairly-steep learning curve are tough to overlook. The community features are impressive, and if that really appeals to you, then I guess checking out Line Rider 2 is probably worth it.
CCC Freelance Writer