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Airblade - reviewed by Tory F
Review Date: 29 October 2001
Review Score 8/10
Distributed By: Sony
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Youare Ethan, a young courier who possesses something that everyone wants - TheAirblade.
A prototype hoverboard similar to that ridden by Marty McFly in the Back To TheFuture movie series. Agents are out to get you and you have a series of missionsto fulfill to stop them and save your friend who developed the Airblade.
Levels are beautifully designed and very impressive in size. The amount ofdetail in the map is staggering and makes exploration a must to check everythingout.
The fact that Airblade, unlike skateboard titles, is not limited to groundtravel opens up entirely new gaming options as well. You can grab overhangingbars and spin through the air to grab another bar and build up trick combos.
The Airblade is quite difficult to control at first as if you are like me, youare used to Tony Hawk and other normal skateboard titles. The board does moveeasily enough but wobbles from side to side.
You can speed up by performing tricks that will give you boost abilities but forthe most part move forward at a decent rate.
Tricks are extremely easy to perform and there is no learning curve and norequirement to learn a particular trick. Manoeuvring the board however does takesome practise.
The game has a number of options and multiplayer is very strong. However inorder to open up levels, you must complete them in single player story mode.
This title is a genre in its own right and its just unfortunate that inevitablyit will be held up as a skateboarding title which it is not. That is why I amgiving Airblade a score of 8 out of 10. It is a great game in its own right andis very impressive graphically. Complemented with a great soundtrack, Airbladewill be a great single/multiplayer addition to your collection.
- Tory Favro