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  • Platform: PlayStation 2
  • ESRB: Teen
  • Genre: Action Sports
  • Players: 1
  • Online: No
  • Developer: Fox Interactive
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Suggested Retail: $49.99
  • Graphics: F
  • Sound: F
  • Gameplay: F
  • Replay: F
  • Fun Factor: F
  • Reviewer's Wild Card: F


Sometimes even quality control fails

By James Stevenson     December 09, 2002

Sometimes, a game's main selling point is its license. If it's well done, this isn't always a bad thing. Fans of the license will eat it up, and sometimes a good game comes out of it. But sometimes neither of these things happens, and a license is poorly used with is no game to back it up. In this case, THE SIMPSONS SKATEBOARDING falls into that category, and is a game no one should touch with a 10 ft. pole.

The skateboarding franchise is a bandwagon every company seems to be jumping on, and after the CRAZY TAXI-clone SIMPSONS ROAD RAGE, the next logical step seemed to be in the skateboarding genre. So by throwing together a bunch of Springfield environments, Simpsons characters, and "funny" goals, the game could be a great parody of the current series.

First off, it's not fun to play, and it isn't funny as The Simpsons. The gameplay is absolutely atrocious. Imagine a game where you can't turn around without fighting the controller, where jumping is completley inaccurate, and the only way to finish the game is completing controller functions that will quite literally have you hating yourself for picking up this title in the first place.

ROAD RAGE had its problems, but it was hilarious to play and fans of the SIMPSONS enjoyed it because of the humor. There were a lot of character in the game, and it has since joined the "Greatest Hits" line of PlayStation 2 titles. The problem is that all of the humor in SKATEBOARDING appears to have been an afterthought, and doesn't seem to make much sense in the game. Most people won't be able to stand the game long enough to find the humor anyway.

The key in games is to have fun. I'm a firm believer in this. And there is absolutely no redeeming fun factor in this game. Zero. Ziltch. Nada. Not happening.

The graphics are awful as well. Because THE SIMPSONS is a relatively simple cartoon, designers seem to think this gives them license to slack off. WRONG. Has anyone heard of cel-shading? If we want a true to TV-show SIMPSONS game, it's going to take cel-shading. No one seems to want to take the time, though, apparently making the game as is was much easier. Of course, there's not even an effective game engine, so I guess the graphics being terrible is just more of a random sidenote than a main gripe with the game.

Sound wise we have similar problems. The sound doesn't really sound too clear, and it's all just pulls from the show. Why not get some new clips from the voice talent, make some innovations? Of course not, we're too lazy to make a fun game, much less make any aspect of the game have any quality.

Simply, this is one of the worst games I've played on the PlayStation 2. Stay away from this game like it's the bubonic plague. It's not fun, humorous, or pretty. Don't say I didn't warn you.


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