It had to happen, didn't it? Seeing as nearly every kid in the country is whizzing up and down your local high street on a scooter, there just had to be a game featuring them too.

Gameplay involves you controlling the characters as they perform numerous tricks including heel flips, candybars, can-cans and superman.

You also get to add extra time by pulling off some of the more advanced moves such as pulling off phat air on insane ramps and grinding along ledges - To unlock the hidden characters and courses, you have to collect the coins which are scattered throughout each level.

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There are a lot of challenges, which should keep you playing for a fair amount of time, and they are quite tough, but are achievable. Controls are easy to master, and once you do, high scoring combo's are easy to achieve.

Unfortunately though the gameplay seems to be a bit lacking, especially when you compare it to similar themed games, such as the well known Tony Hawk's and BMX titles which are available.

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Some parts of the game are very challenging, and the courses are superb but simple points such as you being able to select a scooter, but the only difference in them is the colour. Really different sorts of scooters with particular features could have been a worthy addition here.

Graphics are quite good, although maybe not quite up to the quality that the PlayStation could be pushed to. The rock soundtrack for the game fits well with the style of game.

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Two player mode is quite basic, and unfortunately there's no split screen mode, so you have to take it in turns instead. If a split screen mode was in the game, and it was more realistic and suited to older gamers, then Freestyle Scooter would have got a higher score.

Freestyle Scooter is a good game, but it's not as good as it could, or should have been. The gameplay doesn't have enough depth to it, and there's simply not enough choices of scooter. However, you'll find at least a few hours of solid gaming from this title as it is very playable, and provides the scooter experience without the worry of breaking your bones, or looking totally stupid.

Overall score: 6 out of 10
Publisher: Ubi Soft
Players: 1 to 2
Recommended Price: 19.99
Available: Now
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