I had great hopes for this game, having seen some good video clips of it earlier on in the year, i even pre ordered it.
First impressions, i must admit i wasn't overly impressed, when opening the box i found the manual consisted of a handle of pages, about 5, most of which just covered legal details, credits and half a page for the controller controls. There were no in-game details of anything that would make you hurry up and put the game in the drive and no trick list. I must admit i'm not a manual reader but i do like to have a little bit of info about the game structure.
Anyway, i Inserted the game and was really looking forward to a weekend of skateboarding, but how wrong was i?! The game was back in its box after 30mins and was now going to be collecting dust!
Why was it so bad - Well, the opening video and graphics are shocking for this "2010" game, which really surprised me seeing it was made by Ubisoft and its 2010, not 1990. In fact its so dated and badly done i thought i had been sent a pre release version and had to check the box! The skater design - well, what skater design, it feels like we have gone right back to the realms of the ps1. Hardly any boards, clothes, styles to choose from, and the haircuts have to be the worst part in the whole game. The world seems very samey, same cars, same people, same jumps, same rails.... There seems to be no free play or tutorials, and all you need to do to unlock the grey world is skate round doing ollies. The trick controls are doubled up, so you can ollie with the X button (which jumps ridiculously high and you constantly miss the rail) and the right stick, making it slightly confusing.
I definitely wouldn't advise buying this game or even renting it, its a real let down in all aspects - graphics, gameplay, design, feel, quality... need i go on!. I think the main let down are graphics, they are so bad, it feels as if it has just been rushed out the door ready to be on the shelves in time for christmas. AVOID!