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No Rules: Get Phat (GBA)

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      23.05.2009 02:43
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      Thumbs in the middle

      "No Rules: Get Phat" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2001 by TDK Mediactive. It is an action game based on skateboarding. In the United States, the game received a rating of "T" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for teenage years and above due to its adult language.

      The storyline of this title follows One Eyed Jack on his quest to rid the world of alien life forms from the planet "Punk Azz". The aliens begin their conquest by controlling the media and censoring Jack's favourite programme which enrages him to no end. Armed with only his multi purpose skateboard and slingshot, he sets off to counter the invasion on his own. The player will skateboard from left to right while using Jack's slingshot against the alien enemies. It is unfortunate that the two features were not integrated seamlessly with one another. Any time the player pushes the attack button, Jack will come to a full stop which loses any gained speed and leaves Jack open for an onslaught of attack. The boss characters are also somewhat odd in their implementation. In these areas, Jack is required to compete against the aliens in a dancing competition where the player must press as sequence of arrows perfectly. Creating perfect strands of input will allow the player to attack the enemy once and this process is repeated until the boss has been defeated.

      The audio and video are a saving feature of this title. The visuals are presented in a very comic book like fashion which made for a good graphical experience. The character is somewhat squashed on the display but is large enough to notice a humanoid body and oversized facial features. The background scenes can be somewhat bland, especially in the winter scenes as these only offer two distinct tones of blue. The soundtrack is the game's highest point with numerous funk compositions and sound effects following the player throughout.

      Overall, Get Phat is an average at best game which is hindered by its gameplay flaws. I would be hesitant about recommending it to prospective buyers.


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