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An Overview of Surfing Video Games

Surfing Xbox Game Review

Unlike skateboarding, surfing has never captured the attention of video game developers. The sport’s complex ocean dynamics have proven difficult to emulate in a digital environment.

Nonetheless, a few games have emerged that do offer budding Jordy Smiths and Julian Wilsons the opportunity to live out their surf dreams. Here are a few to check out:

Pro Surfer 2002

There hasn’t been much of a decent surfing game on the market, but Treyarch came up with a solid version featuring iconic surfers and some fun gameplay. The game offers a career mode, various icons challenges and a fun multiplayer head-to-head mode that is sure to satisfy surf fans. The game also includes a karma meter, which ensures that the player is following surfing etiquette and not bothering other surfers or marine life.

The graphics in this game are amazing. They are colorful and the waves look very fluid, with some spectacular peaks and barrels. There are populated beaches, boats and planes in the background, as well as a great amount of water particles (spit, spray and froth) that help to add to the atmosphere. The game also features some nice cut movies of surfers doing their thing. This game is a must-have for any surfing fan. Sadly, it was a bit of a forgotten gem when it was released in 2001.

Surf’s Up

A few times a year, a video game based on an animated kids movie will buck the trend of lame game tie-ins. The Surf’s Up game is one of those rarities, a fun arcade-style surfing game that actually does justice to the film.

The game centers around Cody Maverick, a young penguin who dreams of becoming the greatest surfer ever to hit the waves. He competes in the Reggie Belafonte Big Z Memorial Surf Off alongside iceberg menace Tank and the merciless champion of yesteryear, Big Z.

Players control each of the surfers and pull a series of tricks to score points as they race through different locales. Each level has obstacles and jumps to complete as well as rails to grind on and boost your speed. Completing levels unlocks new locales and surfers for the player to test their skills against. Rockin’ surf tunes and real surfing clips play on the soundtrack. Easy to pick-up and play, even for the non-surfer.

Virtual Surfing

Twenty years ago, Kelly Slater’s Pro Surfer raised the bar for surfing games in a big way. Its realistic water physics made it one of the best beach sports video games for consoles and computers at the time. Since then, the genre has seen very little action.

Virtual Surfing is an upcoming PC game by Waveor, a German company that specializes in the real-time animation of water surfaces. The game will offer multiple camera options and angles, including a free cam that allows players to turn around their surfer, a tube cam, and a third-person perspective.

The game will also feature a variety of surfer equipment, including wetsuits, rash guards, and surfboards, as well as the ability to enter surfing competitions. It is available for pre-order and will be released in Spring 2022. System requirements include a 2.5 GHz processor speed. The game is compatible with Windows 10 PCs.

Surf World Series

Surf World Series is a game that caters to the very niche market of people who enjoy surfing. The game is developed by Climax Studios and is a fun and engaging ocean based sports title with an upbeat rock infused soundtrack that really gets you in the mood to tear up the water with your board.

The game features a huge variety of events that you can play and each one offers a different experience to the previous. There are also different locations ranging from pristine beaches in Hawaii to brutal breaks in Brazil and the environments look quite impressive.

The controls are responsive and although the physics may not be as lifelike as some people might expect, it adds to the arcade feel of the game. Pulling off a string of different tricks and building up combos is very satisfying. The only down side to the game is that it can be quite repetitive after a while as each event tends to follow a similar pattern.

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