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POSTED 31/8/14


OLLIOLLI

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Right, now that we have that skater speak – which probably isn’t skater speak at all as we’re total posers - out of our system, let’s try to have a civilised discussion about the art of skateboarding, shall we?

More specifically, the art of skateboarding within OlliOlli (we gather the oxen are, indeed, free, so don’t crack a mention).

Imagine a mashup of Trials, Joe Danger, Jet Set Radio and 720° and you’d be on the right track. Or rail, or halfpipe or... you get it. OlliOlli takes the side-scrolling route, and the focus is firmly on not just actually staying on your board, but also performing gna... erm, impressive stunts and combos thereof while actually staying upon the aforementioned board, which carries the pre-designation ‘skate’.

While we may have no idea of genuine skater speak (other than perhaps ‘boi’ – cheers Avril), this game is full of it. So, we guess, we do know some now. Terms such as ‘ollie’, ‘bluntslide’, ‘nollie’, ‘kickflip’, ‘fakie’ and ‘salad grind’, the latter of which we previously thought had something to do with eating lettuce.

Possibly very much like learning to skate for real, OlliOlli offers up all manner of challenge. While ostensibly only requiring the right stick and ‘X’ button, these perform several variations of task, so frustration will raise its head. Often. Words that may offend sensitive types will be shouted. In all honesty we suggest playing in a padded cell, simply out of concern for your PS4 or Vita’s wholeitudinousness.

However, like with many things practice makes perfect, or at least closer to perfect. Perseverance really does reward as you truck between various levels featuring assorted challenges attached, with the rolling and the kicking and the grinding and the jumping and the m-hayven.

So, if you’re prepared to be patient and hone your skills then, well, OlliOlli’s bitchin’.

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