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PlayStation 2GameZone (Dec 04, 2001)
Before reviewing Splashdown, I asked myself, "How can I truly convey my feelings about this game? How can I convince gamers that this really is the best racing game of the year, when I've been giving endless praise to games like NASCAR Thunder 2002 and Kinetica for the past couple of months?" A big part of me wanted to give Splashdown a 10, but I couldn't do it. Splashdown is not perfect, therefore it does not deserve a perfect score. Then I thought about other racing games and what it really meant for a game to be "perfect." Is it how the game plays, how the game looks or how the game sounds? For me it has never been any of those things.
PlayStation 2Digital Entertainment News (den) (Sep 21, 2003)
Splashdown: Rides Gone Wild is a great game, not just for the fun that is to be had, but also the options available to keep players coming back for more. Racing fans of all persuasions should seriously consider owning this title.
PlayStation 2The Video Game Critic (Dec 13, 2001)
Splashdown is a quality arcade title that I found to be quite addictive. I think Wave Race for the GameCube is slightly better, but it's a close call.
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine (Dec, 2001)
Gamecube's Wave Race will receive the hype this holiday season, but Splashdown's sexy curves and what it can do with them are much more appealing to me.
PlayStation 2Digital Press - Classic Video Games (Jun 08, 2003)
After your done with Metal Gear Solid 2 and Grand Theft Auto III, make sure to pick this one up. It will easily go down as one of the most overlooked games in the PS2's library. The uncanny physics engine combined with realistic water effects and near flawless control make this one a must play. The repeating music can be annoying, but there always the option to turn it down. Definitely worth dropping $50 on...
PlayStation 2PSX Extreme (Nov 20, 2001)
The gameplay is accompanied by the most gorgeous water detail in a videogame to date, and the controls couldn't get any better. Splashdown has become a personal favorite of mine, whenever I need a great adrenaline rush, it's either this or Tony Hawk 3. On top of that, the two-player is great fun! It's a damn shame if anybody misses out on this fantastic water racer. Go buy it! Now!
PlayStation 2GamersMark (Nov 21, 2001)
Its been along time since the original Wave Race on the N64. Finally Playstation2 owners can get a feel of what it is like to take to the sea. Unlike Nintendo’s game Rainbow Studios, the makers of ATV Off Road Fury, have created what seems to be one of the most realistic water engines known to man and put Sea Doo water craft in the place of Jet Ski’s. With an amazing soundtrack and gut wrenching graphics Splashdown is one title you won’t want to miss.
PlayStation 2GamePro (US) (Nov 15, 2001)
Wave Race 64 showed that jetskiing could make for awesome racing action, and at long last, a worthy successor has arrived.
XboxConsoles Plus (Sep, 2002)
Un bon jeu, plein de fantaisie, à la maniabilité très intuitive.
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine (Dec, 2001)
Awesome tracks, varying difficulties, fantastic graphics, a rippin’ soundtrack, and spot-on game controls are just a couple of the highlights. Not as many waves as Wave Race, but lots of speed that reminds me of Jet Moto. Thumbs up!
PlayStation (Jan 02, 2002)
Kleine Mängel wie der langfristig monotone Soundtrack und fehlende Gameplay-Variationen haben leider die höchste Weihe verhindert. Doch dank der überzeugen Grafik, der nahezu perfekten Steuerung und dem ausgeklügelten Kurs-Design sorgen die Wasser-Raser aus dem Hause Infogrames für ungezügelten Spielspaß. Sowohl Solo-Spieler als auch Party-Zocker kommen auf ihre Kosten und werden Splashdown auch nach erfolgreichem Durchspielen immer wieder aus dem Archiv holen - und sei es auch nur, um mit dem virtuellen Wasser anzugeben. Wer schon mal ein wenig Sommer- und Strandluft schnuppern will, sollte schnellstens das Ticket lösen.
PlayStation 2GameSpy (Nov 18, 2001)
Splashdown has amazingly distracting watery visuals, great draw-in distances, offers a large challenge for one or two players, and is a joy to control. There's not quite enough variation in the courses, the music is for young authority-questioning and partially-pierced men only, and the character's chit-chat is sometimes annoying, but the ingenious and well-rounded racing fun more than cancels out these shortfalls. Worth checking out.
PlayStation (Nov 23, 2001)
Zu Beginn macht die Raserei auf den Gewässern der Erde wirklich mächtig Fun. Hat man aber alles einmal gesehen und die Kinnlade ist aufgrund der superben Wasserdarstellung wieder in normaler Position, sinkt der Spielspaß recht schnell, was besonders am teilweise langweiligen Streckenlayout liegt. Optisch ist das Werk fraglos ein Meisterwerk, spielerisch ist nach einigen Stunden bester Unterhaltung zu schnell die Luft raus. Einen Award erhält das Spiel deshalb nur denkbar knapp.
XboxGaming Target (Jul 24, 2002)
Splashdown is a fantastic title, and should satisfy fans of water based racers nicely. From the gorgeous graphics and water effects, to the solid play mechanics and sheer fun factor, Splashdown is a AAA title in every respect. With loads of stunts to learn, numerous riders to choose from, and over 40 courses to master, the replay value is through the roof. Don’t hesitate to pick this one up. For fifty bones, it’s well worth the price of admission. Just remember: A watercraft is not a toy and can be hazardous to operate. For your safety, wear a helmet, eye protection, a personal flotation device and a wetsuit. Then bash the snot out of the rider next to you.
XboxGameSpy (Jul 05, 2002)
With all of these fine Xbox exclusive features, Splashdown is an excellent example of a multi-platform title done right. Rather than just doing an easy port, Rainbow has refined and enhanced an already good game. If you're looking for a fast and fun Sea-Doo racing game, Splashdown for Xbox is one of the best.
83 (Sep 19, 2002)
Auch auf der Xbox kann Splashdown überzeugen - allerdings nur eingeschränkt. Vor allem anhand der veralteten Musikuntermalung lässt sich unschwer erkennen, dass das Game schon vor einiger Zeit auf einer anderen Konsole zu sehen war. Und die Änderungen zum PS2-Cousin halten sich deutlich in Grenzen. Sicher: ein paar neue Strecken sind da und das Wasser sieht so gut aus wie nie zuvor. Doch trotzdem wurden die vorhandenen Fähigkeiten der Xbox nicht ausreichend ausgenutzt. Eigens erstellte Soundtracks und ein Vier-Spieler-Modus fallen einem spontan ein. Dass Splashdown trotzdem System-übergreifend mit der Konkurrenz mithalten kann, liegt vor allem am unkomplizierten Spielprinzip und der grandiosen Steuerung. Unter dem Strich nette Unterhaltung, die auch für Mehrspieler-Partys genutzt werden kann, die jedoch niemand braucht, der zufälligerweise auch eine PS2 und die dazugehörige Version zu Hause stehen hat. Dazu sind die Unterschiede einfach zu gering.
PlayStation 2Game Revolution (Jan, 2001)
Extreme sports seem to be all the rage in video games these days. Ever since Tony Hawk flipped, manualed, and grinded his way to the bank, developers have been looking for the next big extreme sport moneymaker. With snowboarding becoming a mild success and surfing wiping out so far, what's next? Well, Nintendo just put out another Wave Race, Eidos is coming with Wave Rally, and Infogrames has just released Splashdown, so I guess someone decided that Jet skiing was the Next Big Thing.
XboxXBox Evolved (Apr 10, 2004)
I think this is the one of the most fun games I have played in a while. Free Ride is where I'll spend most of my time, but this game truly has something for every racing fan. If you liked Wave Race even in the slightest, I suggest you go pick this one up, as it's way more fun, and a lot prettier to boot.
XboxGameSpot (Jun 26, 2002)
In a sense, it's almost sad to play through the new courses created specifically for the Xbox version of Splashdown because you get a glimpse of what could have made this game not only one of the Xbox's best, but also the finest water-based racing game, period. When you race through the new courses and then through the original courses, it almost feels like you're playing two different games--one that truly captures water racing and another that gives small little tastes of what it can be like. In any case, the improvements that Rainbow Studios made to an already good game are certainly for the best, so Xbox owners looking for a racing game that plays and looks great would do well to pick up Splashdown.
XboxWorth Playing (Jul 17, 2002)
Splashdown isn't all about straight-forward racing, when you’re in the air you can perform stunts, that if successfully executed, increases the overall acceleration and top-speed of your watercraft. To perform stunts you have to push a direction on the l-stick while pressing a modifier button. Each character has 25 stunts, all of which are shared between every character, however each racer does have one unique trademark stunt. If you are feeling saucy you can hit the black button while performing stunts to get the ‘thrill-cam’ perspective of the action. This feature is a catch-22 of sorts since it is the coolest vantage point to view the action from, but also the hardest perspective from which to successfully pull off stunts.
PlayStation 2PSM (Dec, 2001)
Coming from the same team behind the excellent ATV Off-Road Fury, Splashdown is yet another example of taking a rather niche sport and turning it into an extremely fun game that just plain feels great to play. This game's excellent, unique control and courses which really put it to use make it an experience not to be missed.
PlayStation 2Gamezilla (Nov 29, 2001)
Splashdown is a lot of fun to play. The controls are easy to learn, races are challenging without being unbeatably difficult, and the terrain is rich and varied, with enough detail and eye candy to pull you into the game world. The game is worth renting for a weekend to see the water effects alone, and if you’ve wanted to try your hand at a water racing title it’s definitely worth your time.
80 (Sep 23, 2002)
Tout comme son homologue PS2, Splashdown Xbox est un jeu très rafraîchissant qui brille par son excellente réalisation graphique et son gameplay très instinctif. On s'amuse dès le premier coup d'accélérateur pour ne plus lâcher le pad jusqu'à avoir débloquer tous les circuits et tous les persos.
XboxXBox Solution (XBS) (Jul 18, 2002)
This is a jump right in and play kind of game. Nice to have around when you’re not looking to get into anything serious and don’t want to think to much. It offers excellent graphics and sound, and is a nice change of pace from all of the car racers available.
XboxGamePro (US) (Aug 05, 2002)
Jetskiing hasn’t been done on the Xbox yet, but fortunately Atari is here to save the day. Splashdown’s PS2 release marked the first time that quality jet ski racing could be found outside the Wave Race series, and this Xbox version brings the love to the Microsoft crowd. A straight-up port of the PS2 original, it adds two new tracks, two new riders, and some minor visual upgrades. The difficulty and A.I. are tuned a bit better, too this version isn’t quite as tough. Overall, though, if you’ve already conquered the PS2 version, you can safely skip right past this game.
XboxGame Chronicles (Jul 10, 2002)
Splashdown manages to blend a perfect mix of control, arcade-style gameplay, and sim-like qualities to create a great racing experience. The tracks are creative and the gameplay challenging. I would have liked to see the trick system explored in greater detail, but this game is focused more on racing than stunts.
PlayStation 2Gamezone (Germany) (Nov 08, 2001)
Durch ein sehr realistisches Fahrgefühl und einen spitzen Soundtrack überzeugt Splashdown auf voller Linie. Ein absoluter Weihnachtstipp!
PlayStation 2GameSpot (Nov 16, 2001)
Regardless of whether or not it's warranted, comparisons will always be drawn between the Wave Race series and successive water-based racing games since, to this date, very few games have successfully replicated Wave Race's excellent wave physics. Rainbow Studios' Splashdown doesn't compare favorably in such a scenario because it lacks any substantial wave dynamic--which is suitably disappointing when taking into account the location of some courses in the game. But to dismiss this game based solely on its lack of surf would be undeserved--Splashdown's driving mechanics still excel beyond those found in similar games, and the interaction between the wave runner and the water is still done well.
PlayStation (Nov 08, 2001)
Premier jeu du genre à sortir sur PS2, Splashdown place la barre assez haute pour ses futurs concurrents. La réalisation d'un bon niveau alliée à une jouabilité très accessible font de ce titre un soft de choix pour ceux qui veulent se jeter à l'eau.
XboxIGN (Jun 26, 2002)
Splashdown is fun, but it lacks the difficulty and depth that made the Wave Race series so successful. There are a few levels with big waves, but for the most part it feels like the game could just have easily been on a dirt bike. The water is rarely against you, which is a shame because that's what makes a sea-faring racing game different from all the rest.
XboxX-Power (Nov 19, 2002)
Splashdown is zeker een keer het proberen waard. Grafisch is het een pareltje, de besturing is vrij makkelijk aan te leren en het is voor iedereen toegankelijk. De enorme sprongen zijn spectaculair (niet erg realistisch, but who cares) en als je die dan nog kan kruiden met de nodige stunts zijn ze soms echt indrukwekkend. De challenges zijn echt leuk om af te werken. Het is met zulke games dat je een niet-gamer misschien wel eens een keertje achter je console kan krijgen. Al snel hebben ze dan ook de Vibe te pakken en dit soort games kunnen we alleen maar aanmoedigen. Splashdown is vrij onverwacht in mijn collectie terecht gekomen en heeft mij aangenaam verrast. Welkom Splashdown!
PlayStation 2Gaming Target (Apr 05, 2002)
One of the very few mediums that escapes the “you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression” saying is video games. Plenty of times, a game carries a learning curve that may turn off an impatient gamer at the outset, yet rewards the patient gamer in the long run once the controls/difficulty/crap story are learned (if they can be, that is). Splashdown is such a game. The first time I popped it into my PlayStation 2, the game bored me completely with a seeming lack of any kind of thrill while racing. It kind of felt like SSX (a game I don’t particularly care for) on Jet Ski’s instead of a snowboard, only lacking any emphasis on a trick system. Thus my opinion on it wasn’t much more than a glorified showing of pretty water effects while the guise of a racing game was presented.
PlayStation 2Super Play (Sweden) (Dec, 2001)
Visst kan man tycka att det är bra att Rainbow Studios går sin egen väg, men deras variant av vattenracing känns lite platt på något sätt. Det är inte alls ett dåligt spel, men jag kommer nog inte att spela vidare i någon större utsträckning. Trots att det var en rätt trevlig bekantskap.
XboxThe Next Level (Nov 22, 2002)
Overall, we have a title that could have been a lot of fun, but only scratches the surface of its potential. It’s an average game that may offer some brief stints of fun on a rainy day but cannot be recommended for extended periods of play.