Freak Out: Extreme Freeride
|a game by||Coldwood Interactive AB|
|Platforms:||PC, Playstation 2|
|User Rating:||8.0/10 - 2 votes|
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|See also:||Skateboarding Games|
If Your Idea of a good time is to pierce your nose, pull a beanie hat down over your bleached blond hair and listen to music where people moan in a nasal voice about how bad mom screwed them up, then you're going to have a blast with this game. And even if that's not you, you might like it too.
This is downhill skiing done in the EXTREME!!! style of SSX Tricky or the Tony Hawk games. Having bailed out of a hovering chopper at the top of a mountain, you zip down the slopes and, depending on the mode you've chosen, attempt to either pull off as many tricks as possible or simply get down in a speedy, smooth yet suitably daredevil fashion. Nailing the tricks -which include jumps, star collecting and 'railing' along logs and ridgef - eventually unlocks new clothing and equipment for your skier, not to mention more game modes and mountains to tame.
The visuals are functional rather than pretty, while the music is either of the type mentioned above or what Americans call 'electronica' - but neither are as bad as the controls if you're stuck with a keyboard: this is a game that cries out for a control pad. Despite its ooh-look-at-my-white-dreadlocks-you-square attitude, there's nothing revolutionary here - but then who cares when you're barrelling down a hill at speed, pausing only to backflip, cross your skis and land on a log sideways?