We are all familiar with the Tony Hawk series and how successful it has been, and then we look and see Matt Hoffman Pro BMX games and they have been rather successful to. So it only seems fit that there would be a successful inline skating game, and it’s called Aggressive Inline and it’s got a lot of great things going for it.
I actually first played Aggressive Inline on the Playstation 2 and was equally impressed with it as I am on the Xbox. Although the last few ports I have played have been merely just the same game, Aggressive Inline has some serious upgrades to the game that make it even more enticing for the Xbox owners. Some of these key features include an Xbox-exclusive level, a customizable sound track as well as Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound support. I did enjoy the extra level, but the customizable tracks along with the Surround Sound Support just really helped an already great game.
One of the things most noticeable about Aggressive Inline would be the enormous environments in which you get to skate around. This is one thing that the Tony Hawk Series really never got down, and that’s why it’s really a breath of fresh air to be able to really skate around good size environments. That being said the Z-Axis did something that has not been done before in an extreme sports game. That is not putting a time limit on your skate sessions when playing in the career mode. So you can really get a feel of the courses and actually view how big they actually are. During the career mode you will take on tasks such as in the Tony Hawk series such as get a certain amount of points, collect certain object, and complete different tasks to unlock further courses.
Aggressive Inline allows you to choose from some top skaters such as Taig Khris, Eito Yasutoko, Franky Morales, Matt, Lindenmouth, and many more. Although there is no cover boy such as Tony Hawk, Dave Mira, or Matt Hoffman, but that is what’s great about Aggressive Inline, it really came from no where, and it’s a top notch inline game.
Aggressive Inline controls much like the other extreme sports game which is nice, so you can jump right into the game and start skating around.
Aggressive Inline also has some great sound tracks to go along with an already solid title, you get titles from POD, Sublime, Hoobastank and much more. I really felt those were some great songs for the game, and along with that you have the option to put your own music onto the games soundtrack, which is always a huge plus!
After playing the PS2 version of Aggressive Inline I have noticed a much cleaner look, the Xbox version looks a lot smoother and clean, which was one of the problems that really haunted the PS2 version.
The massive levels also look a step ahead of its PS2 predecessor; they look as good as ever, and as clean. The skaters look about the same, but this is still one thing I believe Z-Axis could have done better, they are still not as detailed as hoped, but they still all have a nice unique look.
If you like the Tony Hawk Series then you are going to love the Aggressive Inline series. There is so much to do in these courses. Each course has it’s own unique look, and not two courses look alike. So you can be playing each course for quite a while.
Aggressive Inline is a very impressive Inline Skating game that really should not be overlooked. If you are a fan of the extreme sports genre, then I would highly recommend this one. It has been upgraded just enough to give there a sure reason to pick the Xbox version over the PS2.
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