posted by Pizonn (ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL) Dec 4, 2006
Member since Nov 2006
gamers (75%) found this review helpful
I played this game 4 times, and couldn't get it into it. Perhaps with time it may become more involving, but there wasn't anything there that made me want to keep playing. Control was okay, but a bit fumbly at points. Something just seems wrong about controlling a skater the same way you drive a car. While the trick system is simple, pulling them while turning the controller would take a good bit of practice.
After playing Excite truck, this game seems slow, especially for the speed associated with downhill boarding. It might have been sweet if you held the Wiimote in the same direction as the board and moved it as if it were the board.
If you really like skating give it a rent, but I wouldn't recommend purchasing it.
gamers (70%) found this review helpful
Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam is a great start for the Wii. Gameplay is very strong with the user having to turn his "Wii-mote" sideways and use it as if it is almost a steering wheel for your skateboard. The trick lay out is simple using button 1 for flip tricks and button 2 for grab tricks. But I would like to state this game isn't about the tricks. Consider it more as a racer. Really the only reason to do tricks is to fill up your special meter so you can give your wii-mote a little jiggle and you gain a short speed boost. Graphically it is not the best. If you have been playing ps2 and Gamecube still up to this point the game will fit right in graphically, those playing the Xbox 360 for the last year will notice quite a difference in the graphics, but then again that can be said for about all the Wii games, so what do you expect.
Back to the gameplay, while it is rather innovative and fun at first it is downhill the rest of the way. My experience went like this:
~Training level~ "Oh this is pretty cool! Once I get used to it I will like this."
~First level~ "Alright I finished 2nd once I get the controls down I will rock this game!"
~Third level~ "hhhmmmm...... This seems to easy."
~sixth level~ "Where is my Gamefly envelope?"
Honestly the main killer in this game, in my opinion, is that the levels are to blah and very short. The average race time is about 45 seconds. It just leaves an empty feeling of knowing this game could be so much more if the levels where a little longer and planned out a little more.
After all that is said I still think the game is worth a rental to experience the technology involved and see what the Wii is capable of.