|Developer: Freestyle Games
Release Date: Out Now
From the initial boot up screen this title oozes style. Reminiscent of the GTA artwork and street graffiti style it is a pleasure to watch.
The breakdancing hip-hop soundtrack kicks in, and I’m already feeling a grin begin to spread across my face. I have often enjoyed watching televised B-Boy battles and considered going to the DMC mixing championships to see a few of these guys in action.
NOW is my chance to be a B-Boy master as I pick up the trusty dualshock. I start the game, choose to be a B-Boy or B-Girl (very P.C.) and select various physical attributes. As I zip through the options keen to play the game I miss the option to select my name. So now I am know as “Custom”, quite a cool ring to it anyway…
The tutorials explain the basics of the game. Essentially it is a rhythm action game. Select a move and hit the ‘X’ button on the beat to sustain the move. Improve on your moves and unlock more moves.
Practice, unlock moves, battle, unlock moves, repeat to fade.
It feels a little like a Tony Hawk’s game in the way that stringing combinations of moves together warrants great success. But that is where the similarity ends. In a Hawk’s game you have a sprawling level to explore and unlock. In this game you have the excitement of the four corners of your vinyl mat (or cardboard for variety).
I’m sure it will strike a certain chord with “real” B-Boys and Girls out there, but from a gamers perspective it lacks any real substance, or reasons to come back and play again and again.
- Character animations
- Repetitititititititive gameplay
- Pressing ‘x’ to the beat
- No depth