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  • Summary: Welcome to Jet Ski® Riders - Experience the thrill of competitive Jet Ski® racing as you launch off realistic crashing waves, speed over jump ramps and perform spectacular freestyle tricks. Race through the beaches of Florida, the fjords of New Zealand, the canals of Venice and more. [Eidos Interactive] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 17
  2. Negative: 4 out of 17
  1. The quirky controls don't reach the levels of brilliance that the level design or overall look of the game do.
  2. The locations are truly stunning, especially in Venice and New Zealand and the pounding music score perfectly complements the daredevil speed of the races.
  3. 71
    It's still entirely possible for the strange behavior of the water to throw you off, no matter how hard you try.
  4. Stiff controls, some questionable AI, and other quirk...ruin an otherwise entertaining experience.
  5. If you're playing this after finishing "Splashdown" or "Wave Race: Blue Storm," the graphics don't seem quite as spectacular.
  6. Probably my biggest gripe with the game is that the tricks are hard to perform. That's not so bad except that pulling them off is pretty much useless on the races.
  7. This game looks so great, but the controls may very well be the worst I have ever seen in a racing game. [Feb 2002, p.114]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. Jan 20, 2013
    This is the worst game on PS2 I've ever played and the worst wave/ski game ever. The graphics, sound, and presentation are good, but the controls are awful and the physics don't make sense. Both in freestyle and racing, this game is almost unplayable. I couldn't seem to do a trick. Even though its sort of arcade style, you won't have fun with this. I think Kawasaki and Eidos wish they had never made this. Get Rides Gone Wild or WaveRace 64 instead. I can't believe how disappointing Wave Rally is. If they had made this on PS1 or N64 I'd still give it 2 stars. Expand

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