Shaun White Skateboarding Review
Shaun White Skateboarding box art
System: X360, PS3, Wii Review Rating Legend
Dev: Ubisoft Montreal 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Ubisoft 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 23, 2010 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Most of the multiplayer modes, all of which are available locally and online, aren't much better. In Ministry vs. Rising, some players try to transform the area while others fight to keep it gray, which is a decent diversion for a short while. In Go with the Flow, players simply try to build their flow levels. Free Skate is, well, free skating. Shaping Battle, the game's most innovative and fun multiplayer mode, pits players against each other to shape the environment and reach new areas.

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The graphics are impressive, thanks mainly to the colorful effect that occurs when you perform tricks. At its best, this game really does make you feel as though you're filling in all the missing life on a gray canvas. Shaun White Skateboarding is no technical marvel, as it looks old and suffers the occasional pop-in or hiccup, but it makes up for it with a distinct visual personality.

The sound, meanwhile, is a mixed bag. The music is just what you'd expect, a collection of second-rate pop/punk/rock tunes. In the cutscenes, the characters are all one-dimensional stereotypes, but there are some genuinely funny jokes, and the actors deliver their lines well. The gray-suited men you run into on the street never have anything interesting to say, unfortunately.

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Shaun White Skateboarding gets enough right that we're looking forward to a sequel. Were the developers to take the basic mechanics they created, keep the humor of the cutscenes, and dramatically improve the mission design, they'd have an impressive game. However, the boring missions, occasionally frustrating challenges, and lackluster multiplayer modes mean that all but the most dedicated boarding and Shaun White fans can skip this one.

By Robert VerBruggen
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.6
Graphics
This isn't the most detailed game in the world, and it suffers from some minor technical issues, but there's a lot of personality.
4.8
Control
Some may complain that the tricks are too easy, but this is the most accessible skating game we've ever played.
3.2
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music is clichéd, but the voice acting in the cutscenes is good.
3.0
Play Value
The bottom line is that the missions are not fun.
3.2
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Take full control of where you skate
  • Create incredible skate lines using city structures, stretch and twist handrails to dizzying heights, empty fountains to create bowls, make alleys into epic quarter pipes, and so much more.
  • With 80+ skate tricks hand-picked by Shaun (including a Shaun creation called the "Armadillo"), enjoy a unique and fun gameplay experience where you can shape, influence, and transform the city.
  • Find or create skate spots you've only dreamed about. The city is stretched over massive districts with tons of challenges to complete, including races, collection runs, narrative missions, and more.
  • Jump online to challenge your friends in cooperative or adversarial modes. Create your own maps, play with friends, and see how you rank against players from across the world using online leaderboards.


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