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My family bought this as a Christmas present for my little sister as she started to keep begging my parents let her skateboard but as my mum is constantly worried about people being injured, she decided to find a balance between the two. My sister could "skateboard" and my mum wouldn't have to constantly worry my sister was going to injure herself. It cost around £20 to £40 and this was around the time it had just been released, and I have not seen it in many GAME stores since, so it is probably best to purchase it online.
The board controller is one of the best additions to this game, and although it is similar to the Balance Board it has added features like being able to tilt sideways and forwards to do the different moves. There are the basic moves such as the Flips, Rolls and Rotations and then you have other things such as the Signature Moves and Hang Time.
Also, as it is basically like the Wii Balance Board, it has the same properties, making it easy to store away once you are finished using it, as I can easily fit it underneath my television cupboard. Although, unlike the Wii Balance Board, it is actually designed like a skateboard and feels really accurate and realistic.
The setting up is probably the longest part of the game, as for each profile you set up you must collaborate it with all the different moves you can do on the board. However, this board is not as easy to set up as the Balance Board and can get really frustrating at times as all you can hear over and over again is Tony Hawks voice telling you something didn't go right. It took me about half an hour to complete this calibration.
As soon as the board was calibrated, my sister played for about three hours straight and when she finally got off, she let me have a turn. I have never really been into skateboarding games, but this one is totally different, as you don't have to just press controls and make a character ride along ramps but you are literally the character. It also turns out that all that long process of calibrating the board actually pays off as the controls are very sensitive and will react to however you tilt or move.
The graphics are really clear throughout the whole game, and the locations are always varied and challenging enough to keep you wanting to play. Throughout the game, there is always a variety of places for you to do tricks and challenges to face. The environments are so detailed it really immerses you in the gameplay.
This game starts off easy for any beginner, and as time progresses you will begin to master the board and progress through the levels without facing much difficulty. Yet, saying this, each level does provide its own challenges, like having to jump past a shark without being hit by it is the part I found the most difficult. All of my family have played it, and up to the points that they have played it, thought it was brilliant. It's not also just for skateboarders as there is also the option to play as a snowboarder and ride down some really big mountain peaks while doing a variety of tricks.
You can play with up to eight people on multiplayer mode, and this lets you play against your friends - a great addition if your friends are round, as you can challenge them to play against you! I think the game is best played alone though, as there are far more developed games for multiplayer gaming.
Overall, this is a great game for someone who loves skateboarding/snowboarding or just wants a game with a fun new experience that doesn't require a Wii remote, but a Wii Skateboard. The graphics make you feel involved within the game and like you are actually rushing past all the locations, while the gameplay is still challenging enough to make you keep wanting to play.