Not to pile on, but nothing is helped by the game's bad graphics. Not only are the levels generic and disappointing, but they are visually unappealing. Even after you've added your influence to the world, the colors are too muted and the art design is just plain ugly. The character models are also disappointing, especially the way they animate. The supporting characters are laughably bad, and not just because of their horrific voice acting. No amount of air skating is going to make up for the murky visuals and crummy soundtrack.
On top of having a mediocre single-player campaign, players are also invited to play one of several multiplayer events. But just because people were invited, that doesn't mean they showed up. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get into an online game. So I could only learn about these online modes from afar. Needless to say, if they are at the same quality as the single-player adventure, then I can understand why nobody is logging on. It's worth pointing out that the game supports split-screen multiplayer.
Although it certainly has some interesting ideas, the execution in Shaun White Skateboarding is all wrong. The story could only sustain my interest for so long, thanks in large part of boring level designs and ho-hum gameplay. If this skateboarding game is any indication, then maybe Shaun White should stick to what he's good at.
* The product in this article was sent to us by the developer/company for review.
If nothing else, Shaun White Skateboarding is interesting. It's full of crazy ideas that no other skateboarding franchise has attempted. I'm talking about magical powers and air skating. Unfortunately, these abilities are the only highlight in this disappointing extreme sports game!
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