Shaun White has already featured in his own videogame, 2008's "Shaun White's Snowboarding", but not content with just one foray into extreme sports gaming, he also features in "Shaun White's Skateboarding". However, this game sees Shaun kidnapped right at the start, by 'The Ministry', an organisation out to turn its city's population into a citizenship of grey, ambitionless, average Joes. You play Shaun's only hope, a skateboarder who must set out to free Shaun from captivity and release the city from the clutches of The Ministry and everything it stands for.
As promising as the storyline sounds, the game never fully lives up it. Graphically its beautiful. The gameplay itself is based on a system called Flow. The more tricks you earn, the more Flow you earn. This flow can be used to convert civilians, open new parts of the terrain, and destroy enemy structures and defences. When you use Flow to change something in the game, a burst of colours jumps out from under your board, which when you first start out looks impressive. However the novelty soon wears off and you get sick of the sight of random colours bursting out while you're concentrating during a tricky mission.
The gameplay is disappointing. Instead of being a fun, fast-paced adventure, you end up frustrated. Controls are unresponsive and a bit fiddley, you'll find yourself trying to pull off a trick, only for the game to not pick it up or not respond how you'd like. Jumping on and off rails isn't as easy as it should be (I found myself stuck on rails, unable to get off as much as I ollied!) and using halfpipes and QPs gets frustrating when you seen to lose all your built up momentum for landing a little crooked.
Then you come to the missions. I found them uninspiring, annoying, and got in the way of any real enjoyment to be had from the game. One particular mission finds you grinding on high rails to destroy video cameras. If you fall off a rail (or if you try to jump and the game doesn't pick it up correctly) you end up falling to the floor and having to start the mission all over again as there's no other way to get back up there.
I grew up playing the early Tony Hawk saga, which in turn got me into real skateboarding. Although unfortunately had I played this game now, I think it would actually put me off the sport. A disappointing game