Homie Rollerz

Review

posted 6/2/2008 by Cyril Lachel
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One Page Platforms: DS

Couple the extreme difficulty with an unruly control scheme. You would think that programming a kart racer's controls would be second nature; after all, there are literally dozens of examples of the genre at your fingertips. But Homie Rollerz can't even get that right. The steering in the game is so touchy that you'll be convinced that your character is drunk. Too often you'll find yourself accidentally missing shortcuts and running right into the wall, which is the kiss of death for this kind of racing game. Worse yet, the levels throw out all sorts of obstacles that are nearly impossible for you to dodge using the oversensitive controls. Homie Rollerz is the kind of game that actually makes me appreciate the gameplay in WWE Crush Hour ... and trust me, the last thing I want to do is appreciate anything about a kart racing game starring professional wrestlers.

The game does offer a few different game modes and some rudimentary car customization, but with the control so bad it's hard to understand why anybody would care about these things. That goes for the various multiplayer modes. Then again, at least you have a fair shot at winning when you play against a friend. Of course, the very notion that your friends would want to play this over, say, watching paint dry or doing chores is simply ludicrous.

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The game's presentation fares a bit better than the controls, difficulty, story, and, well, everything else. The graphics, while not amazing, get the job done and some nice details here and there. The levels are also pretty good, even if they are wildly inconsistent. The game shines whenever David's hand-drawn visuals pop up; unfortunately there isn't enough of that featured in the game.

Make no mistake about it; Homie Rollerz is every bit as bad as it sounds. Then again I'm more than willing to accept that this is one game that is not aimed at my demographic. I've never considered buying, playing or collecting Homies figures, yet there must be a market given their staying power. Of course, I doubt that even the most die-hard Homies fan will walk away from this disappointed and offended. Yes the game is terribly racist, but the most offensive part is that the developers couldn't even get the tried and true Mario Kart recipe right.

But as bad as this game is (and trust me, this game is one of the worst games I have ever experienced), part of me is really happy that I own this train wreck. Yes it's terrible, but it's also ground breaking in its horribleness. Never have I seen a game so full of stereotypes; it's the kind of thing you just have to see to believe. At the end of the day there is no way that I can recommend this game in good conscience, but this is the kind of bad game that everybody should play at least once in their life.


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Homie Rollerz is every bit as stupid as the name, but that shouldn't keep you from checking out this train wreck of a game. Sure this game is horribly racist, but the real hate crime here is the title's poor controls and insane difficulty. This is the kind of game that hates you, which is one of the many reasons why Homie Rollerz is so hard to recommend


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