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Z-Axis
Acclaim
Sports
1-2
08.01.02

Aggressive Inline


With the entries into the extreme sports world, more games are popping up that highlight the more interesting aspects of this sport. The addition of Aggressive Inline to the mix adds the excitement of inline skating and trick pulling across several different stages that will keep even the most stalwart of X-Games fans busy into the wee hours of the night. Compiling hundreds of tricks and several different characters that you can upgrade and work with through the various challenge that each stage holds, youíll find that there is more extreme sport here than you can shake a stick at.

The only difference that I can find between this port and the PlayStation 2 version is the fact that the XBox controller is a little larger and that you can use the song ripping feature to create your own soundtrack. Aside from that, you are looking at an exact replica of the PS2 version of the game. Now, for XBox owners, this isnít a bad thing though if you already have the PS2 version, then youíre not missing out on anything that drastically changes the game play or anything else for that matter. Collecting this title for the XBox is only a must if you donít already have it for the PS2!

Gameplay

With several different characters to choose from, youíll be able to go from location to location that range from movie sets to cemeteries and other various places around the world. Each of the skaters has a different look and feel to them, which will really give you the ability to use just who it is that you want to depending on your style. Each passing stage gives you a set of difficult challenges that range from different grinds and tricks to simple spins and location of different objects. Though most of the game really does take from other extreme sports games, there is plenty of things that youíll find challenging enough to defeat.

Once youíve gotten into the game and worked with the different tricks that you can complete, there are plenty of different multi-player games that you can work with if you have some friends around. Games such as horse and the like are all located here, lifted almost from Tony Hawk with very little changes. Aside from that, you have your standard amount of game play options that you would expect with the extreme games titles. If you really donít like to pull the different tricks and the thought of performing combinations that are rather difficult is slightly disheartening, then you need to find something else to play.

The control for the most part is right on the money, with plenty of tricks that you can perform and control from start to finish. Aggressive Inline works on the basis that the more tricks you pull, the better off youíll be in the score to complete some of the challenges. More advanced tricks can be taught through the tutorial and youíll find that the game has plenty of things to teach you that explain all of the more interesting maneuvers that youíll have to learn to complete the game. Beginners should take note of the tutorial and work with it in order to get the full effect.

Graphics

Much like the Tony Hawk games, you have plenty of things to look at that are all detailed and keep a pretty close reign on reality. Although the game doesnít have life-like movements of people simply walking around, the tricks are straight out of a competition and youíll find the smaller details are well worth looking at. The locations that you skate in are all huge and well detailed with the right amount of lighting and effects going on in the backgrounds. Key points in the stages are brought to life with small shots of different events that you have to complete, which makes it easier to learn and know just what it is that you have to do in certain areas.

Sound

About what you would expect from an inline skating game, the soundtrack here keeps the theme and pulse pounding action to the maximum. Although the music can get a little boring in some areas, there is plenty for anyone to listen to and the music can be selected. As is the norm with most of the extreme sports games, you have alternative themed music playing at all points during your competitions. The sound effects on the other hand are pretty limited to the sound of grinding on rails and otherwise, though you will get some people talking to you every once in a while.

Bottom Line:

Aggressive Inline has made it to several of the Next Generation systems with some success. Though the control functions are different on the XBox due to the way that the controller is built, the fun is still there no matter which of the versions that youíre playing. The amount of tricks and the sheer size of the stages should be enough for anyone to sink their teeth into while waiting for another extreme sports game to appear on the market. As it has been said before, you really donít need a copy of this game if you already have it on another system such as the PS2 or the Game Cube. If you like the inline skating world and you like to score huge points with some pretty amazing tricks, then Aggressive Inline is your game no matter what system you find it on!

-Drew Guirey




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