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Splash Down: Rides Gone Wild Video Game
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For the pittance you can get this one for, its probably worth your money - it has what I feel to be a missing quotient in current-gen console gaming: over the top fun. Not that current gen games arent over the top, but the zany goofiness of games like this (and SSX, SHOX, others) are what a lot of us remember from our early days in gaming when graphics werent as realistic and things we a little simpler.
The controls are a little wonky at times, but the level design is, simply put, one of the best of the PS2 generation. The thought and creativity incorporated into the 8 Circuit levels especially tell a tale of designers who had a blast making this game for gamers. Of course there is choppy animation (smoothed out by component video cables and switching to 480p, somewhat), but for the time it came out, the overall picture is a resounding "win". Solid music abounds, especially as it pertains to the level, although character voice acting is generally annoying (but, on occasion, funny as well).
If you are feeling nostalgic for last gen gaming, this would be a smart choice to get your fix
While those are cool, and the new waves are awesome. In this game you got, small chops, rollers, large swells, and a multitude of different simulated wave types like downhill currents, raging rapids, and even water jet streams that push you foward at blazing speeds. This game does have a few problems I am dissapointed with. Firstly, they have completely taken out the free camera control. I don't know about you but one thing I liked in the first splashdown was moving the camera down and slightly to the left to give me a real sense of speed while racing. You can no longer do that. The second you be, with all of the detailed things going on in the tracks, the frame rate seems to stutter a little bit. And Finally, the game has lost some of it's simulation feel to the sea-doos. When you used to be able to dig down into the water to make quick turns, when you push yourself into the water during turns your sea-doo doesn't feel quite as heavy as it did in the original splashdown. You can still go under water and pop yourself up mind you, I'm just talking about when you turn you don't seem to bleed enough speed hence taking away some of the simulation appeal of the first game.
All in all. I am really impressed with the new courses. But other than the major 8 courses I am impressed with. All of the 12 indoor and 20 outdoor (open ocean with simple barracades on the side of you) courses don't feel unique. I feel this game could have used about 20 less technical time trails and about 8 more major outdoor themed tracks. I don't think it is a terrible game at all. I think I just like the original splashdown better. I hope my thoughts on the game have helped anybody who agrees with me that some of those minor features that were taken away, really are and important element. This game is not worth the original retail price if you ask me.
There are also different modes.
traning mode:you can lern how to steer,manuver and do stunts.
Career Mode: You pick your Character to do a career. You can also earn points to unlock characters, jet skis, and wet suits.
Arcade Mode:All one Player fun. you can also earn points in arcade but not as much.
V.S. mode: grab a friend and race! It earns points but not very many.
warehouse: the place where you trade in points for charachters,jet skis and wet suits.
the only charachters they keep from the old game is Andy pierce, Haily holister, Kyoko Takahashi,and Amman Ra.the new characters are, Jonah Barett, Sha Blamm!!, "Wrong way" Mcnabb, and Coral Suarez. There are four more super secret characters, but I won't spoil the fun!
Now I will score the game.
Graphics 5/5 the graphics are awsome,they are probably some of the best I have ever seen!
Sound 4/5 I actually love the sound tracks, but not everybody will like the music, That is why I gave it 4/5 Instead of 5/5.
Difficulty level I would say this game has a medium difficulty level. probably for 7 and older.
Gameplay 5/5 awsome. Lots of Choices.
Overall 5/5 as I said best racing game ever.
lots of choices
crazy but fun levels
two different race styles, world and stadium
good difficulty level
Only one thing... NOTHING!!!!Its all pros!
One more thing, watch the intro. trust me.
so if I could suggest, if you are looking for a new, cool, fun, worthwhile game, get SPLASHDOWN RIDES GONE WILD!!!!!!!!!!!