OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood - PlayStation 4

Release Date:

March 03, 2015

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Summary:

OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood on the PlayStation 4 was developed and published by the guys and girls over at Roll7. The title, which is an odd mixture of 2D side scroller and Tony Hawk, seeks to put you into the shoes of one of the most exciting skaters in the world. The story itself isn’t one of depth, you are essentially catapulting across a side scrolling, never ending level, as you try to trick and jump your way to the finish line. With smooth visuals and an excellent score we were eager to throw this game into our PS4. Keep on reading to see if OlliOlli 2 is the right game for you.

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by Roll7
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Details

  • Developer(s):
    • Roll7
  • Publisher(s):
    • Roll7
  • Distributor(s):
    • PlayStation Store
  • Release Date(s):
    • March 3, 2015
  • Official Site(s):
  • ESRB Rating:
    • Teen
  • Player(s):
    • 1-4
  • Online Player(s):
    • N/A

Technical Information

  • DualShock Compatible:
    • DualShock 4
  • Required Disc Space:
    • 133MB Minimum
  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Game Format:
    • Digital Download
  • Average Playing Time:
    • 7 Hours
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2015-07-21

Jamie_Hall

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PS4

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OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood on the PlayStation 4 was developed and published by the guys and girls over at Roll7. The title, which is an odd mixture of 2D side scroller and Tony Hawk, seeks to put you into the shoes of one of the most exciting skaters in the world. The story itself isn’t one of depth, you are essentially catapulting across a side scrolling, never ending level, as you try to trick and jump your way to the finish line. With smooth visuals and an excellent score we were eager to throw this game into our PS4. Keep on reading to see if OlliOlli 2 is the right game for you.

So if you are at least marginally informed about OlliOlli 2 then you will know that it is a sports game meant to appeal to the street arcade enthusiast in all of us. The first game, which was released just this past year, showed an arcade street skating game that was not unlike EA's Black Box Skate. It grounded a bit of physics in an arcade setting and it allowed skaters to really get into their own flow, showing off their moves. OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood takes that realism and throws it out the window. This is the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 of the series. The gameplay is larger than ever, the visuals more comical and over the top, and the levels simply designed to be insane. You feel more like Nyan Cat rocketing through crazy landscapes, doing tricks, than Chad Muska or Tony Hawk.

All of the above isn't to say that OlliOlli 2 is a departure from what made the first game so good, it isn't, but it is fundamentally a different experience. Where the first game was a ride through a skate park, this sequel is a ride through a comic book and it's better as a result. The game looks better than ever and it no longer feels like a remnant from a different time. Now OlliOlli 2 feels like a blast from the past, crafted with the technology of the future. But rather than wax philosophical about it, let's jump right into what makes this game what it is, both good and bad.

Much like Tony Hawk 3, OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood relies on linking tricks together and extended your flow with long grinds and manuals. Roll7 decided that, to make this as easy as possible, that they would color code the entire map. Depending on what map you are on the level will be specially colored so as to help you focus on where to put your moves. In the Carnival of the Dead the ground is a bright blue while all of the rails are pink. This duality in the color coding goes through the entire game and it is something you won't realize immediately, but it helps so much. Not having to worry about losing ourselves in the 2D space made the game come infinitely smoother for us. The decision isn't one made to hand hold for the crowd, but to enhance the fields ability.

Similar to the various 'constant movement' apps on the market, where you never quit moving, the ability to link tricks indefinitely creates a forward sense of both momentum and immediacy. Being able to flawlessly reel off a variety of tricks without error creates a thrill that is pretty hard to replicate in other games, especially those of this bite sized nature. The sense of flow in the game feels most like that of a musical rhythm game. Though the game doesn't put you on a metronome you begin to get into grooves that replicate a song and a beat.

So those familiar with the game will be able to find more than their fair share of amateur difficulty levels. Though the amateur levels are easier to adapt to, they are not easy by any stretch of the definition of the word. The difficulty sometimes makes us feel like we are playing a sporty version of Super Meat Boy, with all of the same insanity. But for those that really want to push themselves, you can also find super challenging Pro skins to play on as well. If Pro doesn't do it for you then go ahead and try your hand on the Rad modes. These modes have been created for the sole purpose of challenging the most determined players of the game. You have to study these maps, test them, and try dozens of times before you can find a way to get through them all. Don't start on these tougher maps, work your way up to them for sure or else you will be too frustrated to finish the game.

The most interesting gameplay element, due in large part to the rushing sense of movement, is the ability to Grind Switch. This move allows you to rotate 180 degrees while grinding and maneuver onto a new surface. With so many grind-able spots in the game you would be hard pressed not to find a reason to constantly be grinding. Grinding allows you to also boost your scores while also gambling against the ever present bail outs. And you will spend a ton of time trying to master the grind system. If you want to succeed in a big way in this game then you need to maximize your point potential whenever you have the chance. Chaining big tricks with revers, manuals, and grind switches can lead to scores that look absolutely insane.

OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood can be a relatively solo experience if that is what you want from it. However the PS4 does have an online mode called The Daily Grind. Here you can compete in 24 hour tournaments to post the high score to a certain track. Connecting online and posting your scores is as easy as ever, which can't be said for the PS Vita version of the game.

All in all OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood on the PlayStation 4 is an amped up version of the original and well worth the price of admission.

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