Wakeboarding Unleashed

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Wakeboarding Unleashed
Game: Wakeboarding Unleashed
Platform: PS2
Studio: Activision
Rating: 9/10

Game Company’s Description: Get ripped across a lake by a high-powered speedboat and trick through dangerous terrain. Feel the rush as you crash into houseboats and catch huge air in 9 exotic levels with 7 world-class wakeboarders. Tired? Then drive the boat and help your friend pull off challenging technical tricks on the most realistic-looking water ever.
WAKEBOARDING UNLEASHED™ Featuring Shaun Murray takes action sports games to the next level with breathtaking water graphics and unique gameplay including interaction with the rope and an innovative cooperative mode where one player drives the boat and the other wakeboards.
WAKEBOARDING UNLEASHED™ Featuring Shaun Murray takes action sports games to the next level with breathtaking water graphics and unique gameplay including interaction with the rope and an innovative cooperative mode where one player drives the boat and the other wakeboards.

Look: The water looks amazing. I’m always stunned at just how good these artificial environments turn out on newer video games. Activision hit this nail on the head. Hong Kong is another amazing setting. Big thumbs up to the designers.

Feel: There is a link to Tony Hawk. You always wonder how they do it even when a game is nothing like THPS and still pull it off. Wakeboarding Unleashed simply plays great because its engine is the same as Tony Hawk’s.

The courses are grand. The design team had to get inventive here in order to make for a lasting game. It doesn’t sound possible but they worked out a game that you could spend days playing. You could literally attack a combo and run that thing around the whole course. BONUS.

There are neat mini games that keep your attention, just not as long. You can’t make a course which stinks, but you do have games like horse.

Hear: As usual Activision kicked out the jams and did it well like they have on all Tony Hawk releases.

Frankly: Like Tony Hawk it will take some time to learn tricks and to pull of huge points and bonuses. The great thing is that you could pour five or six hours right off the bat into learning techniques and not even realize how much of your life you just wasted.

+ Rick Carey

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