has always made some of the best and freshest
games out there. With the release of this new
extreme title airblade offers the chance to
pull off extreme tricks and gives the player
a chance to experience the joy of hover boarding
(just like in the movie Back to the Future III).
Granted I may not look like Michael J. Fox or
have his money, however, he had the help of
special effects. All I have is my joystick and
gaming skills. I have always wanted a real hover
board since I saw that movie and I thought surely
I would see one soon enough. But until they
actually invent one or release it from those
evil government science geeks, I guess I will
have to just enjoy this game. The game offers
something new and that is great, but it could
have been touched up a bit before they released
This title offers a lot and has plenty of modes
including a story mode, training and multi-player
mode. I would like to say the story mode is
a good one filled with action and mystery. The
graphics are good but sort of dark and in need
of a touch of brightness added to them. This
would have increased my scores. The controls
are good, but they do take some time to learn
and could have been a little tighter. You do
get instructions and help in the story mode
from another character in the game, but the
instructions at times are said so fast it's
hard to catch it all. I will say once you learn
the right combos you can sure pull off some
very sweet moves. The story mode is good, however,
until you get the controls down pat, it can
be frustrating especially if you watch the special
making of airblade DVD featurette included on
the game disc. This game takes time to learn.
I love the idea, but I want to play, not take
a course in airblade 101. Although it takes
some time to learn, the game can be a blast
to play. You will want to go through the training
mode a few times.
will say the more I play this game the more
I am enjoying it. The best advice I can offer
is to rent it first and be open-minded. I still
think this game could have been better and might
have been a bit rushed to get it out on the
hearing somewhat negative remarks cast towards
Airblade, I was surprised to the find the game
infinitely more playable and fun than most were
giving it credit for. Criterion, who gave us
the flawed TrickStyle on the DC is getting very
close to perfection with the whole Hoverboard
genre. I personally enjoyed the Story Mode objectives
being given at one time (although that doesn't
mean they have to be beaten in order). I mean,
it's a Story and follows the progression of
relating events. If every objective was given
at once, then there wouldn't be dramatic tension,
right? Okay, so Dramatic Tension was going (h)overboard,
but you get my drift.
I got used to the control which was very quick
due to the THPS control scheme, I started having
fun, and I have to tell you that although I
was a little frustrated at times, I never stopped
enjoying the game. I only wish there were a
few more levels, because once I got started
I honestly didn't want it to stop. Once you
start zipping around the wild and amazing looking
levels, I defy anyone to not have fun.
a personal note, every student who played this
game in my home was more than just suitably
impressed with it. Remarks such as "This
game is amazing" and "This is SO cool"
were in abundance. The only reason I mention
this, is that as reviewers we tend to start
looking for the flaws right away and I think
it's clear that most in the industry adopt a
"You better impress me right away because
I've seen it all" attitude. Sometimes it's
nice to sit back and see what the real target
audience has to say about the game.
presentation of Airblade is really slick and
smacks of spit and polish. Everything from the
level design, graphic eye candy, animation and
original soundtrack is finely crafted.
game's only real downer is the loss of framerate
in the 2 player mode. I didn't really enjoy
it that much.
definitely the best Hoverboard game ever made
and their next one should be perfect. Rent first
to see if it's your thing, but this one is staying
in my collection.
Tony Hawk without wheels. Imagine floating on
a cushion of air where terrain is not important.
Imagine catching big air while stationary. Imagine
a better game than this and you will have the
world by the tail.
being especially hard on Airblade because this
game is so close to being great that there is
no excuse for it not to be. You can't afford
to be second best when your competition is the
Hawk and those other "board" games. The concept
of a hoverboard is a great idea and it does
show some moments of exhilaration but sadly
these moments are fleeting.
think the problem with the game is the focus
of the gameplay. The story mode is the main
mode that packs too many irritating and frustrating
goals that stifle the life right out of the
game. The challenges are difficult and never
properly explained. Most of the goals comprise
an arbitrary set of moves that you have to discover
through trial and error. Miss one of the right
moves, or time out, and you have to go through
all of it again.
freestyle mode is where things come together.
More points should be awarded in this mode because
it's the most fun. The airblade controls very
well and balance is not an issue. You hover
around hitting lines, swinging on pole-like
objects, spinning, twisting and grinding over
a variety of surfaces. Tricks, stunts and combos
fairly easy to pull off as they mimic the same
control setup from Tony Hawk. It does get pretty
boring after a while and you will be begging
for a new environment, which you will have to
unlock in Story Mode.
graphics are nothing to sneeze at, with good
real-time lighting effects and shiny, reflective
surfaces. The level of detail is impressive
especially at night where the streetlights illuminate
an area consistent with their radiance pattern
in real life.
to spend a lot of time practicing before you
tackle the story mode or just rent the game
and play in the freestyle mode for a weekend.
That will be about all you can stand before
you simply have to find some different surroundings;
and those different surroundings can be found
in Tony Hawk.