STAFF REVIEW of TransWorld Surf (Xbox)


Tuesday, February 19, 2002.
by Stephen Cameron

TransWorld Surf Box art Now, I stepped into this game thinking is was a Tony Hawk Pro Skater game on water, well, it?s not. Not that it makes this a bad thing?(Here it comes) But, this genre of game in my opinion, you have to be able to just jump right in. In this one you can?t, the game suffers from a weird control system, which I will explain later in the review and the trick are really hard to pull off. See, in games of this genre, Tony Hawk, SSX, Dave Mirra you can just pick up the controller and go! With Transworld Surf you need the manual nice and close in order to get all ?rad? and stuff.

Looking past its shortcomings, Transworld Surf looks fantastic, I sometimes load up the game just to show people what the Xbox can do, real looking water! This game is a borderline simulation, bar none. It needs more of an SSX ?over-the-top? gameplay to appeal to more people.


To pull tricks off in this game is hard, too hard in fact. I couldn?t pull off tricks in this game to save my life! And had no troubles with games like Mirra, SSX Tricky and Tony Hawk?a tutorial would have been needed here?step-by-step like SSX Tricky, a simple tutorial to make me a surfin? dude would have rocked, but unfortunately I struggle to pull of a simple board grab. Also, in the other games, you swear that I actually do these things on real like (not really) which in turn makes you feel like you actually progressing in the game. The control scheme in Transworld Surf, is extremely weird. The nine different locations in the game really add to the overall lasting appeal of the game. In a nutshell, Transworld Surf doesn?t appeal to a board range of people, so be careful.


The visuals and sound are where this game shines the most. The water looks real. Best water award (if there was such a thing). The surfers are a little too reflective, all the time for that ?out of the water? look. But, despite this games controls short comings, the graphics are simple breath taking. Angel Studios generates some of the most amazing looking games in the world, and their graphic department is world class. They took full advantage of the bump mapping capabilities of the Xbox. Bravo, on the graphics guy!


Now, the icing on the cake on this title is that it supports customs Soundtracks! This is a major point scorer in our books here at XboxAddict.com. Angel Studios used the Xbox?s power to its fullest, the graphics and now the sound. The music selection that is included in Transworld Surf has been hand picked to suit various music loves, but like stated above, if you don?t like it, you can change it. Bands included in Transworld Surf are Missing 23rd, Bueno, No Motiv, Fhonic just to name a few.

The attention to detail on the ambient sound, like the sounds of the wave crashing, and the seagulls squawking their little brains out, give you the sensation that of those flying sh** houses is gonna, well, you know. Overall sounds are excellent.


Suggestions:
If you make another version of this title, add a tutorial. A step-by-step matrix stop motion-like explanation of the controls and show people on how to actually pull off tricks, might actually make this game super fun. And, put this game over the top like SSX Tricky, make the character do crazy sh**! This is what makes SSX Tricky very fun.


Overall: 6.0 / 10
Gameplay: 5.0 / 10
Visuals: 10.0 / 10
Sound: 9.0 / 10

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