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Shaun White Skateboarding

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Game Reviewed: Shaun White Skateboarding
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Reviewer: Cecil
Platform: Wii (also on Xbox360 and PS3 with a T rating)
ESRB Rating: E10+
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Game Description:

The snow has melted as Shaun White and friends leave the snowy mountaintops for a seaside city filled with promising places to test their skills. Not all is as it should be though. The new mayor has taken over the city with ridiculous laws, turning the once fun and beautiful resort town into a drab, boring, and concrete wasteland.

It is up to Shaun and his four friends to take back the city, piece by piece, earning the friendship and skills of local characters as they transform empty, dingy spaces into colorful exciting skate-lands.

Learn new moves, signature tricks, and increase your “flow” as you complete challenges to collect gems, tag the terrain with awesome tricks, grind incredible lengths and more. Open up new areas, earn new boards and outfits to customize your skater, and unlock new characters as you blast your way through city streets, museums, radio dishes and more as you bring color and vitality back to a veritable ghost town.

What Parents Need to Know

Violence

Violence is minimal. Skaters, as skaters do, fall, and falling can be painful. However, there is no blood or damage on scene, only an accompanying bone-crunching sound effect and a red and white icon confirming your skater’s fall.

Language

There is some mild language (hell, damn, etc.) as well as some potty humor (something’s itching my crack”) heard occasionally by characters, but more often in the accompany music which include references to the use of alcohol and tobacco.

Sexual Content

There are a few minor innuendos spoken in the game, however, these tend to be in reference to a character’s skate performance and not sex in and of itself. Some of the music, however, has some sexual overtones to it (ex. “the summer nights we spent in her bed”).

There is one scene, where one of the female characters meets the mayor’s son, that involves a flirtatious conversation, but on the whole the dialog in the game is pretty clean, as well as the outfits worn by any of the characters.

Spiritual Content

In way of spiritual content, the primary focus of the game is that if you believe it, you can do it. This idea of “belief trumps reality” is emphasized as skaters trick specific locations to unleash a shockwave of transformation that changes the gray, colorless environment into a colorful, vibrant landscape conducive to cutting edge skating.

Spoiler Alert: This is also notable in the final scene before the final level: Shaun and the mayor’s son, Chad, face a final obstacle – a skyscraping high-rise that houses the mayor’s office. Unable to gain entry, Shaun says to Chad “Haven’t you learned by now? Anything is possible with skateboarding.” He then holds his board vertically against the building where it sticks, allowing Shaun to jump on and ride up the side of the building to his intended goal.

Misc.

Although we reviewed the Wii version of the game, there are some notable differences on the PS3 and 360 versions of the game which according to the ESRB contains some mild violence such as a level where skaters must avoid laser-beam fire from a helicopter. Also, the PS3 and 360 versions contain more sexual dialog than the Wii version.

Reviewer’s Thoughts

As a fan of skate games I felt Shaun White Skateboarding definitely hits the mark. The game brings together basic core skate tricks with new and unbelievable signature moves as well as a return of characters from Shaun White Snowboarding. If you are a fan of skate games and you feel the above mentioned content fits with your family’s entertainment guidelines, then you may just want to check out Shaun White Skateboarding.



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