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  • Summary: Surrounded in beautiful scenery, you must master hardcore surfing techniques to handle epic waves. As real as you can get...without getting wet.
    Before the present 128-bit days, surfing was limited to crude, two-dimensional mock-ups of the real thing. Because of the complex nature of water,
    Surrounded in beautiful scenery, you must master hardcore surfing techniques to handle epic waves. As real as you can get...without getting wet.
    Before the present 128-bit days, surfing was limited to crude, two-dimensional mock-ups of the real thing. Because of the complex nature of water, a powerful system is needed to accurately render the oceanic environs. With the powerful capabilities of the PlayStation 2, Take 2's Surfing H30 ups the level of surfing games with its visual splendor and water physics. With six different locales full of sun and surf, 11 characters to ride the waves (all with their separate strengths and weaknesses), and a custom X-Board controller to more accurately reproduce the action with your Dual Shock 2, Surfing H30 aims to be the closest thing to surfing short of waxing up your own board and hitting the beach.
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  1. If you ever get the tricks down (and we're still trying), the game could be fun, although it's no "Tony Hawk," which it tries to emulate in style and form.
  2. Not only does it look gorgeous, but it does a remarkable job of bringing the surfing experience home. Unfortunately, it also brings the frustration and lack of variety that straight surfing brings, which leads to its inevitable failure in the fun category.
  3. Nothing but flimsy filler hiding beneath the radical facade.
  4. 40
    It's a horribly designed thing, and it's not so much about surfing as it is about collecting stuff. It's a fluff piece that has waves in it, but somehow skips the surfing part altogether.
  5. There's a nice, big wave to surf on, but the clunky mechanics and boring objectives in the game make it a complete wipe out.
  6. Spank!
    30
    While "SSX" may well be the best game on PS2, Surfing H30 is surely the worst - that's some claim.
  7. The lackluster presentation, awkward control and unbelievably shallow gameplay make this the first official bottom feeder for the PS2. Sic 'em, Jaws.

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