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Pro Surfer's scenario development alone breaks it out of the pack. Whether it's the beaches' loading screens that feature Slater's voiceover inviting you into the scenario or the entertaining, attainable goals, this game sets a new standard for the genre. Pro Surfer's superb graphics and mood-setting background music ensure you'll have your way with the waves.
One caution: The dozens of manoeuvres listed in the manual can be daunting. Fortunately, Pro Surfer provides a clever tutorial to ease you into the gameplay and soften the relatively steep learning curve. Spend a few minutes with the tutorial and you'll be shooting curls and ripping 360s that not only "beat the local," but also make you genuinely proud of your accomplishments. Surf's up! --Patty Stuart
Barrel riding is the ultimate move in real surfing. The meter (like Tony Hawk's grinds) works brilliantly in the barrel. Floaters are really good. Snaps off the lips are great. The air tricks are spectacular and have grabs, flips and spins. One recommendation I have to existing owners is to watch the replays after a good run, and toggle with the slow motion function when you do a big move - Amazing graphics from all sorts of angles! There is also a good variety of surfers to choose from, all with their own personal styles and special moves.
The soundtrack is great, its really chilled out surfing music (which makes a nice change from the crap punk music from Tony Hawk's 4), with some classic favourites from recent surfing films. There are also lots of film sequences that are well put together, and add realism to the game (lacking in the other surfing titles). The 2-player mode is also well put together and is great fun.
No game can be perfect, the carve tricks on the face of the wave are a bit unrealistic and taking off on the waves is too easy in my opinion, but these are just my own personal gripes and do not deter from the overall enjoyment of the game.
I recommend this game highly to surfers and non-surfers. Its a great feeling to burst out of a really deep barrel, go straight into a long grinding floater and finish the sequence off with an awe inspiring air! If you want a game with great graphics and great gameplay, and you like the Tony Hawks games then this is an essential purchase. Its like a breath of fresh air to the extreme sports games world.
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