May 23, 2013
Boardtastic Skateboarding 2 from Perblue is a cool game that invokes the Tony Hawk in everybody. As a reboot of Perblue’s original skateboarding game, it has some big shoes to fill.
it was a graphical feast, with fine looking 3D graphics. The developer did a good job with shadows and imagery, with realistic animations that mimicked real life skateboarding movements quite well. The skate environments all have realistically gritty feels to them, and frankly, I found it easy to enjoy how the game looked.
There are several game modes to enjoy: By myself, I could do Ladder, for personal advancement, or stuff like Freestyle, Survival, Circuit or I could get into a Tournament. There was a multiplayer section as well.
The basic gameplay revolves around using gestures to perform tricks and using a scroll wheel to control landings. It took a little bit of time for me to figure it out, but eventually, I got it. In the ladder mode, I got to make runs in a half pipe, trying to accumulate points and to complete a few goals to “win” the challenge. There was graphical gesture chart that showed me the move or moves I had to make; swiping effects the corresponding move. Additionally, the virtual wheel uses lights (green for good, red for bad) to get landings down properly. When I used them in conjunction — properly — I got points, grades money and/or gold. I got to level up skills with cash, which allowed me to get more bang for the buck points-wise.
I got to start in LA; Sydney and Vancouver were unlockable. I found there was a lot of stuff, even tricks, that were waiting to be revealed via success. It has some nice customization options; I liked being able to change “my” look and equipment with earned game cash.
I like Boardtastic 2. Chalk it up to being fascinated with a sport I’m no good at in real life. or maybe because I consider Tony Hawk a pioneer. or maybe it’s the cool graphics. Whatever. I like it.