Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Although not graphically superior, KSPS holds the essence of surfing in solid gameplay, authenticity, and depth.
  2. 90
    Although not graphically superior, KSPS holds the essence of surfing in solid gameplay, authenticity, and depth.
  3. One of the best elements of the game is the presentation. Everything is put together extremely well, with no down time, boring level introductions, or yawn-worthy commentaries.
  4. 88
    One of the best elements of the game is the presentation. Everything is put together extremely well, with no down time, boring level introductions, or yawn-worthy commentaries.
  5. A very solid surfing game that easily lives up the caliber we have come to expect and love from the kings of extreme sports, Activision.
  6. A very solid surfing game that easily lives up the caliber we have come to expect and love from the kings of extreme sports, Activision.
  7. 84
    The best surfing game to date, with energetic play, a strong audio-visual presentation, and design mechanics.
  8. 84
    The best surfing game to date, with energetic play, a strong audio-visual presentation, and design mechanics.
  9. The simple fact is that this is one of the most frustrating games I've ever played. There's really no way I can possibly stress that enough. The longer you play, the less you can concentrate and the worse your surfer does.
  10. 83
    The simple fact is that this is one of the most frustrating games I've ever played. There's really no way I can possibly stress that enough. The longer you play, the less you can concentrate and the worse your surfer does.
  11. While it may not capture the "feel" of surfing quite as well as its closest competitor, it makes up for it with better wave models and the incredible number of actions to perform on each wave.
  12. 83
    While it may not capture the "feel" of surfing quite as well as its closest competitor, it makes up for it with better wave models and the incredible number of actions to perform on each wave.
  13. 80
    The most impressive looking and playing surf game ever created, whether you're looking at the water technology, the extras, or the design itself.
  14. A surfing game that exhibits a high level of quality in every facet of its execution.
  15. 80
    A surfing game that exhibits a high level of quality in every facet of its execution.
  16. 80
    The most impressive looking and playing surf game ever created, whether you're looking at the water technology, the extras, or the design itself.
  17. I was blown away by how good this game was. It really does take surfing and make it into a fun gaming experience. The main factor is how each wave has its own identity in look, dimensions, and more, just like in real life.
  18. 80
    I was blown away by how good this game was. It really does take surfing and make it into a fun gaming experience. The main factor is how each wave has its own identity in look, dimensions, and more, just like in real life.
  19. If you’re prepared to put up with this lack of variation, you’ll find a good, solid game with many parallels to the Tony Hawk’s series itself.
  20. While surf locations are not as varied as THPS skateparks, the game delivers fun in the sun. [Nov 2002, p.224]
  21. While surf locations are not as varied as THPS skateparks, the game delivers fun in the sun. [Nov 2002, p.224]
  22. 76
    If you’re prepared to put up with this lack of variation, you’ll find a good, solid game with many parallels to the Tony Hawk’s series itself.
  23. Hardly the deepest but certainly the coolest game of its type. [NGC]
  24. A very good surfing game that’s distinct enough to stand on its own, but doesn’t reach the same level of brilliance as games like "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater" and "SSX."
  25. A very good surfing game that’s distinct enough to stand on its own, but doesn’t reach the same level of brilliance as games like "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater" and "SSX."
  26. 75
    Hardly the deepest but certainly the coolest game of its type. [NGC]
  27. An excellent first installment that offers gaming's best surfing experience. [4 Oct 2002, p.158]
  28. 75
    An excellent first installment that offers gaming's best surfing experience. [4 Oct 2002, p.158]
  29. The replays are totally interactive, the camera can be set just about anywhere, and the control is so easily grasped, you'll be busting out moves that would take you a lifetime to learn. [Oct 2002, p.85]
  30. The replays are totally interactive, the camera can be set just about anywhere, and the control is so easily grasped, you'll be busting out moves that would take you a lifetime to learn. [Oct 2002, p.85]

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