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Publisher: Ubi Soft Entertainment / Genre: Action / ESRB Rating: E10 - (Everyone 10+) / PEGI Age Rating: Age 3+ / Max. Number of Players: 4 / ESRB Descriptor: Language / ESRB Descriptor: Crude Humor / Online: Online Gaming Support

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      06.03.2009 20:03
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      It's a decent enough game, nothing special but worth a try.

      Surf's Up is a WII game based on the animated film of the same name. It's a decent game and a pretty good interpretation of the movie, which features surf-boarding penguins. The whole game is based around surf-boarding, though there is also a bonus game where you have to slide down a track on a leaf - obviously this has certain similarities with the main game, but it does have a different feel to it.

      There are several characters to choose from - in fact, all the main characters from the film. Each surfer has his own range of abilities including speed and freestyle ability, and there is a selection of boards which also add to or detract from your different abilities. As you progress through the game there are lots of different things you can unlock, mainly new characters and boards. You can also add new songs to your track list, and the soundtrack is pretty good. I never felt it quite took off, but the songs were good and appropriate to the surfing theme. The sound effects were fine too, with a large number of sound clips from the movie. They did get a little repetitive after a while however. The graphics are also pretty good, with reasonably accurate representations of the characters, good backgrounds and some nice special effects. The different locations are rather nicely rendered and, within the confines of the game (after all, sea and surf are going to look alike in any location) there is a decent amount of variety. There are a large variety of areas to surf in, which you can enter after you've completed certain challenges.

      After the tutorial levels which are (mostly) helpful, you can start on the championship mode. There are only a couple of available courses open at the start, and you get more as you successfully complete one of the three main objectives for each course - two are reaching a particular score (one challenging, the other seemingly impossible!), and one is making it through all of the gates (which is easy in the first few levels but gets quite tricky later on. You score points by doing tricks - the harder the trick, the more points are awarded. There is also a "stoke mode" that you can get if you top your energy bar up to the top, which lets you perform much tougher tricks that net you huge point bonuses. One snag is that tricks have to be successfully completed before you get the points - if you crash even close to completing a trick, you get nothing.

      Other features of the film such as riding the "tube" and video clips giving commentary on the surfing tournament are included in the game. The video clips are frequently amusing, if not riotously funny. It doesn't take the form of retelling the story of the movie, it's just a straight surfing game. In many ways it succeeds in being a good one and the game makes reasonable use of the WII controllers (Wiimote and nunchuck used together) - but unfortunately the game responds to your commands far too inconsistently. Things will work at times and not at others with no apparent cause. The main problem with the game is that it just isn't all that much fun - and a surfing game, you would think, has a lot of potential to be fun. This problem continues with the multiplayer mode - only up to 2-player - which isn't as much fun as you would think.

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      Surf's Up has some nice features, but the lack of consistency in the controls kill off any chance of it being a truly great game. Overall it's enjoyable for a while, but it's more a rental (or maybe 2nd hand if you can find it dirt cheap) game than one worth buying. Definitely worth a shot if you like surfing and / or the movie, but don't expect it to keep you entertained for a particularly long time. Still if you're desperate to get a new WII game, Surf's up isn't bad and it's different enough not to feel like "just another racing game".

      We bought Surf's Up from the Game store in the Bull Ring in Birmingham. It was in the used games section - I think (memory's not perfect so I could be wrong) that we paid twelve quid for it. Not a bargain, but not a complete rip-off either.

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        04.11.2008 18:38
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        A great game for children.

        I picked up this game for rental after watching the movie. The game was free with another rental so I deceided to take a look. The game was very good but not up to the standard of other Wii games. It is a great bargain game for children.

        The graphics aren't the best the Wii is capable of but are still very good and don't harm the game at all. I found that the game has some slowdown and was freezing quite alot at times. I was stopped at the first level when it kept on freezing. I tried another and it was the same. The framerate is ok but is better in other games.

        The game follows the movie with the usual minigames and stuff added in.

        The minigames are very good but can be repetitive and get boring after awhile.

        The story is very good but the gameplay isn't the best and the game suffers from some slowdown. I got bored of it after awhile but young children will love it. The story follows the movie so you will be able to play throught your favorite scenes.

        The game has no 2 player or online mode which lets it down. They could have added one similar to the Kung Fu Panda ones, with little minigames to play. The game is very easy and has no replayability as it gives you nothing new.

        There is no 2 player or online mode to play.

        Overall, this game has some problems but young children will love it. The gameplay isn't the best and the graphics are very bad but put this aside, it can be found cheap and isn't too bad. It is available on the cheap now making it good for fans of the movie.

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        13.04.2008 13:29

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        surfs up iz a fab game with loads of cool freestyle moves and loads of unlockables.also before most of th races there is a tv speech from spen.buy to find out what spen is today.anyway there are certain limits of points u hve to get to pass.u get points by doing awsome tricks.

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