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Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
There’s no arguing that Kelly Slater’s Pro Surfer takes the until-recently ignored world of surfing and refines the genre. Approaching things with a laid back slant gives this Activision O2 title enough character to stand apart from its largely similar peers. Brilliantly designed, the waves and riders are appropriately the highlights, as the animations are smooth for both, and every wave’s approach is unique enough to keep you entertained for as long as the increasingly sprawling levels of the Tony Hawk games. A must-have for surfers and fans of the sport, Kelly Slater’s Pro Surfer should appeal to any buff of trick riding, extreme sports or even plain fun.
The game boasts excellent special effects, such as superb reflections, great particles (in the form of spit, spray, and froth), and simply unbelievably superb looking water in every aspect.
Pro Surfer also offers tube-riding, which is handled in a fashion similar to Pro Skater's grinding. Press down on the stick or D-Pad to stall the board, and after a few moments, you're sucked into the tube. Press left and right to maintain your increasingly precarious balance; press the L and R triggers to move away from the walls of the tube; press the face button and D-Pad to pull various tricks, and press up on the D-pad to shoot out of the tube. The transition from face-riding to tube-riding is a bit awkward, but Pro Surfer still handles this aspect of the sport much, much better than previous surfing games.
Action sports gamers and surfing enthusiasts that have been waiting for a true surfing title should rejoice--Kelly Slater’s Pro Surfer is quite possibly the best title available for this particular genre. With smooth controls, stellar graphics, a killer soundtrack and enough extreme challenges to make Tony Hawk jealous, this is a title sport gamers will love. You won’t be sorry for buying it, believe me.
The Video Game Critic
If you're looking for a surfing game for the summer, Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer is the best I've seen.
Good job guys. I guess it helps that Slater is from Cocoa Beach, FL. You know what to expect with the objective based progression, and the surfing is as solid as you'll see to date. Stay away from tube riding, and you'll find Pro Surfer is a very worthy pick up. I'm very happy to see the sport progressing in digital form like it is.
Kelly Slater nous prouve qu'il est le roi du surf aussi bien dans la vie que sur console. Pas vraiment original dans le fond mais parfaitement adapté à la discipline, Pro Surfer surclasse le concurrent Transworld Surf en profitant de tout le savoir faire d'Activision en matière de sports extrêmes.
Instead of using past mediocre surfing games as an excuse for cutting corners, Treyarch has risen above and created a surfing game that exhibits a high level of quality in every facet of its execution. Extreme sports buffs looking for something totally original may be a bit disappointed, but Kelly Slater's responsive control, consistently good visuals, and diverse gameplay will ensure that most anyone will end up enjoying this game.