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Makes Even the Most Devoted of Simpsons Fans Cringe Peter Vecchio (8) 1.67 Stars1.67 Stars1.67 Stars1.67 Stars1.67 Stars

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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.4
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 2.7
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 2.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.0
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 2.8
Overall User Score (10 votes) 3.0

Critic Reviews

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1UP (2002)
Unfortunately, you don't get nearly enough points for vertical tricks, turning all score-based objectives into grind-a-thons (luckily, there's an abundance of edges 'round town). Also, the combo-connecting manual move needs to be more forgiving. Simpsons Skateboarding definitely doesn't compete with his Hawk-ness as a true boarding game (no innovations here), but it delivers enough to please fans of the TV series. Now, give me Family Guy Stealth Adventure (starring Stewie, naturally) and I'll be even happier.
TotalVideoGames (TVG) (Dec 06, 2002)
If you’re a skateboard fan go for Tony Hawks Pro Skateboarding 4, if you’re a fan of The Simpsons (who isn’t?) it’s likely that after the initial appeal wears off you’ll be left with a game that’s better served as a coffee-coaster.
This makes your console seem like an older machine. It utilises little or none of the PS2 power.
Netjak (Dec 30, 2002)
Overall, Simpsons Skateboarding does not even provide enough play value to justify a $5 rental. Boring gameplay, ridiculous control, awful graphics and repetitive sound. Simpsons Skateboarding really has no redeeming value, even for hardcore fans of skateboarding games, The Simpsons, or both. It’s pretty clear that EA saw the dollar signs on this one, and didn’t feel the need to even bother trying to put together a playable game. In fact, I think that one word from Bart Simpson’s vocabulary sums up this game in a nutshell: Craptacular.
43 (Jan 26, 2003)
Ernsthaft: Was soll das? Ich frage mich wirklich, welcher Grundgedanke hinter diesem Spiel steht: Die Lizenz wird Käuferscharen anlocken, das Spiel interessiert eh keinen? An diesem Spiel wurde so gnadenlos alles falsch gemacht, dass ich wirklich Absicht vermute. Dabei hätte man wahnsinnig viel draus machen können, selbst wenn die Basisidee ein Tony Hawk-Rip-Off wäre. Aber nein, es wird einfach irgendwas dahingeschludert - eine Schande. Investiert das Geld lieber in die DVDs, die sind wesentlich gehaltvoller.
Joypad (Feb, 2003)
Le gameplay emprunte allégrement à la référence du genre, mister Tony Hawk, sans jamais égaler le maître. Outre les figures à mettre en place sur des spots qui manquent d'originalité, les missions sont plus que banales, comme ramasser un objet ou attraper un personnage. Un titre qui pourrait cependant plaire aux jeunes joueurs s'ils ne sont pas trop exigeants et qu'ils souhaitent gonfler les bénéfices de l'éditeur américain.
PSX Nation (Dec 01, 2002)
The curse that afflicts most “Simpsons”-branded videogames rears its ugly head yet again with this unpolished “Tony Hawk” clone. It’s a decent premise that barely survives a sloppy technical execution that doesn’t do the PS2 justice. Hardcore “Simpsons” fans will want to play this game to see and hear all sorts of (allegedly) hilarious in-jokes. Even they might want to keep the sales receipt handy though, just in case playing “Skateboarding” awakens in them the need to play “Aggressive Inline,” “BMX XXX” or “Tony Hawk 3 & 4.” A nice rental.
These types of goals would more closely tie into The Simpsons world instead of taking the obvious route of having to spell out the word SKINNER or collecting donuts or pizza. Mmmmm, pizza. While die-hard fans will likely purchase this sight unseen just for the ability to skate around a 3D Springfield, players interested in a quality skateboarding game will be far more satisfied with Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4. Mmmmm, Hawk.
GameSpot (Nov 26, 2002)
But unfortunately the game makes such ham-fisted use of the license that only the most casual of gamers or the most hard-core of The Simpsons fans will be able to enjoy The Simpsons Skateboarding. Everyone else truly has no excuse for playing The Simpsons Skateboarding and should steer clear of this tired excuse for an action sports game.
Gaming Target (May 13, 2003)
The sound is equally bad. The music is an uninspired MIDI mess. A few beeps, a few bops, and a few bars from The Simpsons theme. And then there are the voice samples. Each character is repetitive and just plain not funny. "I'm a shredophile!" Bart shouts after landing a complicated trick. Let's break that sentence down, they took the word pedophile, which is a person who molests children, and changed it to shred, meaning to skate well. I'm speechless. But I think Helen Lovejoy can find the right words: "Won't someone please think of the children!" Bart also opines "This both sucks and blows." I couldn't have said it better myself.
Armchair Empire, The (Jan 20, 2003)
Overall even die-hard fans of the Simpson’s may not enjoy this game and fans of extreme sports games should skip this game and not look back. The Simpson’s Skateboarding lacks the depth that other extreme sports game present and problems in each aspect of the game bring it down even further. Hopefully the next installment of any Simpson’s game will eradicate all these problems.
35 (Jan 13, 2003)
Un titre malheureusement très décevant et qui risque de rester en travers de la gorge de ceux qui se le seront procuré. La physique des personnages est consternante, la maniabilité pénible et l'intérêt général du jeu tout à fait relatif. A éviter soigneusement pour ne pas risquer une grosse déception.
GameZone (Nov 24, 2002)
It’s sad that a widely popular and much-loved franchise is attached to such a poorly designed game that does not offer any real thrills or laughs. If you’re looking for Tony Hawk Pro Skater for a much younger crowd or really love the show, Simpsons Skateboarding will surely disappoint.
IGN (Nov 19, 2002)
Not fun, and not funny. Thus, this game fails on both levels -- Simpsons and skateboarding.
20 (UK) (Jan 01, 2003)
It's a simple conclusion really: avoid at all costs. Simpsons Skateboarding is a cash-in in the purest sense of the term. There are barely any redeeming features, it's practically devoid of any humour, the graphics, levels and physics are terrible, and it simply exhausts any entertainment value it does harbour in about five minutes flat.
GameSpy (Dec 02, 2002)
There's nothing new or innovative about this game. It doesn't even hit the average mark in terms of fun. If it didn't have The Simpsons license this game have nothing going for it at all. As it stands now, even The Simpsons license can't save this game from itself. The Simpsons Skateboarding is one of the worst games of 2002.
Never before have I seen a developer put forth such an effort to secure the Worst Game of the Year award. I’ll even go as far to say that this may very well be the worst PlayStation 2 game on the market. After spending a significant amount of time with this product, something that I wouldn’t even unleash on my worst enemies, I came to the realization that Simpsons Skateboarding manages to do everything, even the simplest of things, completely wrong. For this aspect, and this aspect alone, I was actually somewhat amused. It’s like watching someone trip over his or her shoelaces and smack the concrete face first. Deep down inside, you’re freaking out and wondering if the person’s okay, but for some strange reason, you just happen to drop to your knees in laughter.
Mania (Dec 09, 2002)
Simply, this is one of the worst games I've played on the PlayStation 2. Stay away from this game like it's the bubonic plague. It's not fun, humorous, or pretty. Don't say I didn't warn you.