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MTV Sports: Skateboarding

video game review Video Game Review: MTV Sports: Skateboarding Publisher: THQ
Category: Sports, Skateboarding
Platform: Dreamcast, PS1, PC, Game Boy
ESRB Rating: Everyone    Release Date: November 2000

Overall Rating: 1 Stars out of 4

Review by Tom Allen
1 Star out of 4
(Review of Dreamcast version)

With blessings like Tony Hawk 2 come curses like MTV Sports Skateboarding featuring Andy Macdonald. MSSFA has a lot of modes, some of which sound pretty interesting. The stunt mode is a neat idea, as it sends you down a huge ramp (almost like a ski ramp) and catapults you across a line of used cars. You've seen stuff like this before, but usually within the context of 4x4 stunt exhibitions.

Four multiplayer modes include battle, time bomb, deathmatch, and MTV Hunt, where you compete against another player to find all the MTV icons first, before time runs out. Are you excited?

In fact, none of the modes live up to Hawk expectations. The controls are not as intuitive, and everything seems to suffer from slow-down whenever you are in the air. Skateboarding games feel most alive when you're in the air, so this is a flaw that can not be ignored.

The amount of tricks is one of the game's few strong points. Controls are divided among flatland tricks, grinds, grabs, and flips.

With an ESRB rating of "E" for Everyone, MTV Sports Skateboarding is clearly going for the larger audience, compared to the Teen-rated Hawk. The reason for the difference is the licensed music, but the difference also reflects the fact that the MTV game is a bit watered down.

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