As you may have noticed Roll7's skateboarding PlayStation Vita exclusive OlliOlli is making its debut today and I can imagine you're wondering if its worth picking up. Thanks to the wonderful people over a Roll7 I had the chance to log some time in this pixel heavy title before its official launch and here's what you're in for.
As you may have noticed Roll7's skateboarding PlayStation Vita exclusive OlliOlli is making its debut today and I can imagine you're wondering if its worth picking up. Thanks to the wonderful people over a Roll7 I had the chance to log some time in this pixel heavy title before its official launch and here's what you're in for. OlliOlli has been summed up as "Super Meat Boy on a skateboard" due to its fast paced gameplay and sometimes frustrating level design. But the truth of the matter is that it’s a little more complex than that.
OlliOlli manages to borrow from the only other franchises that have been successful in the skateboarding genre. Activision's Tony Hawk's Pro Skater and EA's Skate. Like the Tony Hawk series OlliOlli relies on challenge based gameplay (like score 1,000,000 points or find all of the spray paint cans) for the player to progress through the game. The controls however borrow from the Skate franchise and rely on the player flicking the left joystick around to flip the board and grind rails and ledges with the added requirement for you to press the X button before hitting the ground to land the trick. This may seem pretty straight forward but with over 120 tricks, 50 levels each with 5 challenges, and 50 hightscore spot challenges OlliOlli should keep you going for a while.
If you manage to complete all of the challenges in amateur and pro levels you'll be treated to the hellish Rad mode which only allows for tricks to be landed perfectly and adds a whole new degree of difficulty to the game. You can also compete in the Daily Grind challenge that pits players around the world against each other for the top score in a single run... no do overs. Its a lot harder than you might think.
After logging some considerable time in OlliOlli my thoughts are actually quite simple. OlliOlli is easily one of my favorite titles on the PlayStation Vita. Roll7 has managed to combine the fun and addictive gameplay of games like Super Meat Boy and the depth of tricks we expect in a skateboarding game. Its soundtrack ranges from pulse pounding to a mellow beat that I found really helps you focus when going for huge combos. For the best results I like to put on Deadmau5 ft Gerard Way - Professional Griefers. You can pick up OlliOlli today on the PSN Store for $12.99 (PS Plus members get it for $10.39).