More Reviews
REVIEWS Firefall Review
Repetitive gameplay makes this fall a little boring.

The Walking Dead: Season Two Review
At this point, you’re not coming back for the zombies. Let’s get down to business.
More Previews
PREVIEWS Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Preview
Put up some movie glasses, because Geometry Wars is entering the third dimension.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Destiny
Release date: 09/09/14

FIFA 15
Release date: 09/23/14

Ar Nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star
Release date: 09/23/14

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
Release date: 09/30/14


LATEST FEATURES And I Was All "Hell Yeah I'll Play a New Dreamcast Game"
I just played a Dreamcast game that was released in... wait, 2014?

A Comprehensive Guide to Dealing with Controversy in the Video Game Industry
Need help wading through the latest misogyny/homophobia/racism/corruption debate in the gaming industry? Paul Tamburro’s here to help!
MOST POPULAR FEATURES The Updating List of PAX Indies
We're heading to PAX Prime! Are you looking to check out a few unique indie games while you're there? UPDATED: Dragon Fin Soup, Dungeon of the Endless,

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP samsmith614 Since game design is a business, I decided to see what's really selling well for the PS4. I did this search a week ago, and at the time, out of the top 20 bestsellers on Amazon 10 had not even been released yet. By now some have been released. But others still have not. And yet others...

OlliOlli Member Review for the PS Vita

By:
Ivory_Soul
02/14/14
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE Action 
PLAYERS  
PUBLISHER Roll7 
DEVELOPER  
RELEASE DATE Out Now
E Contains No Descriptors

What do these ratings mean?

The Good: Great 2D art style, fantastic trick system, great arcade mode and challenging daily challenge

The Bad: Small trick book, may feel too simple for younger gamers, could use a few more modes

Skateboarding games have kind of died out over the past 5 years. With the last decent one being Skate 3, everyone yearns for the days of classic Tony Hawk's Pro SkaterOlliOlli brings back that arcade like twitch reflexes on a 2D plane. There's no story to speak of and there shouldn't be. It's just you, the ground, and your board.

OlliOlli features a trick stick similar to EA's Skate series but it's better (yes, a 2D indie skateboarding game does a multi-million dollar game's trick system better). You use the left stick to do all the trick and there's no ollie button. Pressing down and up will make your ollie while pressing X just before you land with give you a perfect landing. This rearranging to buttons is perfect and exactly what this genre needs. Grinding is as simple and just ollieing on top of a rail, no needs for extra buttons. The trick stick consists of grinds and flip tricks only, there are no grabs here because the game is all about completing goals on a short course with the highest possible score. On a 2D plane grab tricks would just get in the way. A great change that's small but big is keeping your speed by landing everything perfect. You will eventually start slowing down like in all skateboarding games, but perfect lands will give you speed boosts allowing you to trick across an entire level if you are good enough.

There are quite a few levels and the each stage is completely different. The only major downside to this game is the constant trial and error because some goals require perfection. The game is very challenging and will push your skills to the limit. Thanks to the great animations and silky smooth controls it can be somewhat forgiving in that aspect. Outside of the career mode you can partake in daily challenges where you get to practice a run as many times as you want and once you go for the real thing you get one try only. If you fall within the first 10 meters that's too  bad. This makes things super intense and really makes that one perfect run feel amazing.

OlliOlli may have a small trick book, but the way you pull these off is nearly revolutionary for the genre and the accompaniment of smooth controls and animations just make it that much better. The various goals, score attacks, and collecting of items can be down right tricky, but arcade skateboarding enthusiasts will have no problem pressing that restart button for the 25th time knowing this time they will get it.


More information about OlliOlli
 
OlliOlli
fullfullfullfullempty
Views: 2296 Review rating:
Reviews by other members

comments powered by Disqus

More On GameRevolution