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Simpsons Skateboarding (Sony Playstation 2) – Video Game Review

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Simpsons Skateboarding (Sony Playstation 2) – Video Game Review

Knee-pads on, helmet strapped, time to crash head-first into Tony Hawk’s Skateboarding.

The Simpsons never had a problem releasing a bad video game. As a franchise, it’s a total money-maker. After a big push with their platforming games on the NES, SNES and Mega Drive, the Simpsons video games got seriously interesting. I’ve already reviewed one my favourites, Virtual Springfield for PC and Mac, but it wasn’t all good news for Simpsons fans.



So is this really the worst Simpsons game ever?

Maybe. But I’ve got 3 reasons why you might want to check it out.

 

A large expansive world

Springfield is a MASSIVE town, and there’s been plenty of attempts to map it. Even though the stages can be bland, they put a lot of effort into creating multiple areas and scenes from the show. A lot of the challenges also tie-into Simpsons plot-lines from various episodes.
 

Genuine character voices

All the voices are the actual character actors. For such a terrible game, the fact they put so much effort into the sound really help make Springfield more believable.
 

PS2 Exclusive

Let’s be frank… Simpsons Skateboarding was not a stand-out success (and other console manufacturers weren’t scrambling for a port). The only way to play it is via the Sony Playstation 2, and that exclusivity can be exciting. It’s not a widely known title, so busting out a less-common Simpsons game can be a real treat for a true fan (though I’d personally stick with the arcade game).
 


 
The Simpsons had a great run ripping off (or parodying) existing games and genres, especially looking at what they achieved with Road Rage, Hit and Run and The Simpsons Game (self-titled).
They had less success with games like Simpsons Wrestling and Simpsons Skateboarding. When Simpsons Wrestling came out, Fox Interactive held a poll to determine what the fans wanted next; Bowling, skateboarding or golf… Golf and bowling are obviously boring genre’s no-one enjoys. So we got Simpsons Skateboarding, developed by a UK developer, Code Monkey’s and distributed through Fox Interactive.

The game has a wide move-list, with special character specific moves, as well as the opportunity to compete in a multitude of challenges during the story that tie-in with the cartoon. The game boasts plenty of characters from the series, either as playable characters or as background characters in the stages.

There’s also a two player mode available, but the stages are incredibly simple and boring. This is not a game that holds up well in multi-player.

Compared to Simpsons Wrestling, this game ‘could’ have been a lot less ambitious, but I love the fact they gave Simpsons Skateboarding some big ideas to (try and) make it exciting for the fans.

 

 

Simpsons Skateboarding PS2 Box Art


 

Virtual Springfield Box Art Simpsons House

Watch the Simpsons Virtual Springfield review next.

 

  • Joel Fernandez

    I love your show! I wish you could put content out more often. I always recommend you to my friends! I love the jokes about your mom, they always give me a good laugh! Hopefully you will have more success this year. I am an avid retro gamer, mostly love anything Dreamcast, Saturn, Jaguar, original Xbox, PS1 and 2 and now 360 and PS3. Love the older stuff too (born in 1977) since the Atari days but original Xbox, Dreamcast and PS2 are my favorite generation. I’ll watch anything you put out though!

    • Bruiser

      Hey man! Super appreciate that :) Seriously makes my day – Plenty of retro stuff coming.