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PS2 Reviews: Aggressive Inline


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The Final Say!

Aggressive Inline - reviewed by Tory Favro
Review Date: 8th August 2002
Review Score 9.0/10
Distributed By: Acclaim

Aggressive Inline from Acclaim is the latest in a bevy of extreme sports titles to grace the PS2. It is however, the first rollerblading game on the console.

Developed by Z-Axis, the maestros behind Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2, Aggressive Inline is so much fun that I found myself glued to the controller night after night.

Using basically the same engine as Dave Mirra, Aggressive is possibly the most innovative extreme title to yet grace the PS2, actually realising the extreme nature of the sport but also making it possible for beginners through to seasoned gamers being able to control the game.

Character selection involves a number of real life skaters and also some fictional characters, mostly female fictional characters. The real life roster is comprised of: Shane Yost, Taig Khris, Franky Morakes, Matt Lindenmuth, Chris Edwards, Sven Boekhorst, Jaren Grob, Matt Salerno, Eito Yasuko, and Sam Fogarty.

Within the game you get to select your character and then take to the streets to complete tasks assigned to you by characters in the game. The beauty of Aggressive is that there is no time limit. All you have to do is keep your tricks coming so you don't run out of juice.

The size of the levels on this title is staggering as well. The amazing thing though is that even though you will be certain that you know the level inside out, complete a task or get a score and a door that was closed will suddenly open revealing a whole new area even bigger than the one you were in!

Being on rollerblades also opens up tricks not available on any other type of game thus far. Namely the grab is now yours to use as you wish as your boots will come along with you for the ride.

Aggressive Inline also boasts a brilliant soundtrack comprising of:

"Wrong Way," by Sublime
"Monday Morning" and "Falling For You," by Student Rick
"I'm A Cloud" by Boy Hits Car
 "Passing Me By" by Pharcyde
"Sell Out," by Reel Big Fish
"Crawling In The Dark," by Hoobastank "Idea for A Movie," by The Vandals
"Song # 13," by The Ataris
"The Choice Is Yours," by Black Sheep "Your Disease," by Saliva
"Don't Sweat The Technique," by Eric B & Rakim


A nice touch to the game is also the ability to change tracks whilst in the middle of a game so that you only listen to the music that will motivate you. A handy feature within the music selector will also allow you to uncheck particular tracks so you don't have to listen to them.

Graphically Aggressive Inline is bound to impress ps2 owners with it's sprawling environments and great skater animations. Everything flows as smooth as silk and skaters tricks look brilliant. Also when the juice meter is filled you can bust loose with sparks flying out behind your blades for increased speed. Also this would have to be one of the most detailed extreme games currently on the PS2 with high quality textures and not a great deal of repetition at any stage.

The sheer amount of stuff that is in this game will floor you and immediately justifies the purchase price as I can practically guarantee that the disc will live in your PS2 for quite some time. The games are mission based and revolve around performing tricks on items in the level that will trigger further events and mission. As you unlock further levels these will become available in the free skate section of the main menu.

Within each level there are keys floating in front of doors, these can be unlocked by finding keys hidden in certain areas. To my amazement, these keys unlocked areas which in some cases were even bigger than what I had thought to be the main play area! It's this sort of bonus that will have you wearing out your thumbs quick smart.

This game is a great way to pass the time and can easily be held up against the current Tony Hawk Skateboarding games. The sheer amount of innovation alone makes Aggressive Inline a must own title!

- Tory Favro

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