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Angel Studios
Infogrames
Sports
1-4
11.15.01

Transworld Surf


When was the last time you played a fun surfing game? For me, it was back in the 80s, playing the surfing minigame in California Games. A whole string of surfing games that suffered from bad gameplay and poor camera angles have lined up since then. Now, Infogrames takes a crack at the surfing genre; have they failed like all the rest, or have they made a good surfing game?

Graphics

Transworld Surf offers spectacular eye candy, especially when you are caught up in the barrel of a killer wave. Nice water effects, camera angles, and models make Transworld Surf pleasing to the eye.

Sound

Transworld Surf offers a DD5.1 soundtrack with standard alternative rock music which is usually featured in extreme sports games. The sound effects are quite good as well, and Transworld Surf allows you to use your own custom soundtracks, which is a big plus.

Gameplay

What can I say, they got it right this time! The gameplay is not as easy to pick up as Tony Hawk or Amped, but once you get the hang of it you will be pulling stunts left and right off the waves. You move with the left thumbstick, jump off waves with the A button, perform air tricks with the triggers, do quick turns on wave faces with the B button, "grind" the top of the wave with the Y button, and slow down into the barrel of the wave with the X button. These are the basics you need to know to play Transworld Surf, and once you master these you can put on quite a show. The most fun thing to do is slow down into the barrel of the wave, and see how far in you can get without the wave crashing down on top of you.

Bottom Line:

As Tony Hawk is to skateboarding, Mat Hoffman is to BMXing, and Amped is to snowboarding, Transworld Surf has now taken the place of "best surfing game" in my mind. In fact, it's really the only truly fun surfing game I have experienced in the last 10 years! Good job guys, you hit the nail on the head.

-Pete Calderwood




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