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POSTED 14/1/12


MOTIONSPORTS ADRENALINE

Ubisoft
Xbox 360/Kinect (also on PS3/Move)

Yeah! Are you pumped? WE SAID, ARE YOU PUMPED?! GRRRRR-ARRRRRRRRRRRRHHHH! OOOMF! SPROIIIING-fizzizzle... Oops, we popped an artery or something. Meh, plenty more where that came from.

Yep, if you’re the sort who wolfs down PowerSauce bars, thinks the Abdominator’s for pussies and strives to keep that heart rate hovering just smidgily below clog-popping levels, then this game’s for you. No namby-pamby, crappy traditional sports, these are E-X-T-R-E-M-E, like mountain biking, kayaking, wingsuit, climbing, kite surfing and, erm, skiing again, and they’re all designed to get your adrenaline pumping. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOF!

You may now be thinking, or muttering if you prefer to conserve your inner voice, “Yes, but I’m inside standing in front of a telly. How ‘E-X-T-R-E-M-E’ can things actually get?” How E-X-T-R-E-M-E? How E-X-T-R-E-M-E?!?!?! Umm, well, you kinda play ‘I’m a little teapot’ and use your imagination heaps. Which, to be fair, we do with most every game. It isn’t like Modern Warfare actually plops you into Kabul, although we wish it would with some of the douche-spuds who fuck it up online for everybody else...

The original Motionsports, with its mostly less full-on pursuits, suffered from shitty controls. This adrenalized successor fares better, although you do have to learn to play ahead by a split second to combat slight lagginess, and the semaphore-meets-impersonating-an-airplane schtick is samey across events.

Still, you get to visit the world’s E-X-T-R-E-M-E sights, such as the Himalayas, the Amazon and the Great Barrier Reef, then clamber roughshod all over them. Hey, you’re too fucking daredevilish to care about wussy crap like the environment!
 
Local and online multiplayer adds some scope, as does unlocking bonus stuff, but there’s not a whole lot of depth beyond working to better your scores.

Right. Time to blast through the burn and ride the zone. Next stop? The Murderhorn – YEEEEEEEEEEAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

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