This open-world boarding title is inspired by Tony Hawk and Jet Set Radio (and by %26lsquo;inspired%26rsquo;, we mean it%26rsquo;s lawyer time), giving you a choice of rad dudes to play as in a shiny futuristic metropolis. After a dastardly robot called Virus captures one of your friends, you have to roam around completing city-wide challenges to placate him and get your dead-eyed buddy back. The setting isn%26rsquo;t too bad, but the world%26rsquo;s so flat and ugly there%26rsquo;s almost no joy in actually skating about.
The controls are pretty intuitive %26ndash; apart from the truly ghastly balance board support %26ndash; so it doesn%26rsquo;t take too long to nail the basic moves. Jumping is handled with the A button, while grinding is as simple as tapping B and making slight tilt adjustments with the remote. However, many of the harder tricks %26ndash; which, according to their descriptions, should be easy to pull off %26ndash; can often be nightmarish, requiring impossibly fussy motion inputs.
For anyone who%26rsquo;s find it awkwardplaying skating games, Skate City Heroes%26rsquo; accessibility will seem like a breath of fresh air, but once you get over the initial joy of being able to perform most of these moves, you%26rsquo;ll soon wonder why on Earth you%26rsquo;re bothering. We%26rsquo;d rather walk.
May 27, 2009