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Surf World Series review

Games about surfing are rare indeed, but it’s a sport that can be gamified to success, something Surf World Series proves wonderfully. It’s not the most feature rich experience but it captures the atmosphere and excitement of the real world sport and makes it fun and accessible.

Surf World Series begins with a comprehensive tutorial for its mechanics and controls, and it proves intuitive and well designed. Riding waves is easy, as are performing tricks, the difficulty comes into play with chaining these tricks together into combos and maintaining speed. Indeed, these two elements work in tandem; without good speed you’ll struggle to gain enough air at the top of the wave to perform a trick without wiping out, meanwhile, the window to chain together tricks to form combos is narrow enough to rush you. It means you can very easily make a mistake, and that very much plays into the risk/reward of combo making that makes Surf World Series so intense and exciting.

Figuring out how to ride the wave to best build up and maintain speed, all the while dodging less stable parts of the wave and the crashing water, is a key skill that can take some practice to master. When it does all come together it’s splendidly satisfying and encourages you to take greater risks for greater score rewards. This becomes the primary game loop, limited by how long you can resist wiping out on free surf and time limits in the challenge campaign.

Those two modes make up the entirety of the singleplayer content, with no career to speak of and only the timed challenges, at increasing difficulties and across a variety of different beaches, providing anything resembling a tracked objective. It’s fun either way; the free mode allows you to experiment with the controls and learn reading the waves better, and the challenges live up to their name and soon require mastery to be completed. It’s a bit of a harsh difficulty curve but the experience feels responsive and intuitive enough to inspire hope of overcoming it.

Online multiplayer is also available but the three modes essentially boil down to the same score competition. Like the singleplayer component, it’s an arcade set of physics set on a realistic competitive stage, so score beating is the order of the day and the height of a jump can be pretty gravity defying, alongside some generous landing angles that in the real sport would definitely cause a wipe out. It’s a good balance but more modes would be appreciated.

What is impressively comprehensive is the board and outfit customisation options. More shirts, shorts, wet suits and boards are unlocked as you play and you’re free to customise their patterns and colours to a great degree of freedom, and can even adding some beat lighting to your board. It’s a great feature that builds on the already terrific sense of immersion.

The excellent sound design of flowing and crashing water, well implemented slowdown when performing tricks, a strong camera setup and excellent water visuals all do a great job of selling the ocean environment. Moreover, each location has a very different aesthetic and lighting, making them feel unique. Meanwhile, appropriate music helps pull you in further. It’s not the most visually impressive title out there by a long shot, but it’s smartly designed to keep you focused on the best parts: the water and surfer animations, allowing the background elements to be largely ignored.

Surf World Series does a great job adapting surfing to video games. The feeling of pulling off tricks on the intractable waves of the ocean is a great sensation, thanks to strong controls and mechanics. It does get a little repetitive, something more modes could help alleviate, but there’s no question that this is a well-designed and highly enjoyable title.

Thanks to Xbox and Climax Studios for supporting TiX

Surf World Series releases August 30th + Demo now available

Climax Studios have announced that their Surfing game, Surf World Series, will be released on the Xbox One on August 30th 2017, and also that a demo is now available to download. To save you lovely people time, click here for a link to the demo on Xbox.co.uk.

Surf World Series celebrates the thrill of pure arcade-style surfing, where players will be able to:

  • Ride monster waves at 5 of the world’s most iconic shorelines, from the infamous Bell’s Beach, Australia, to the extreme waves at Waimea Bay, Hawaii.
  • Become masters of the waves, learning increasingly difficult tricks along the way, from nailing kickflips and cutbacks, to landing massive aerials and navigating treacherous tubes.
  • Trick their way through 44 single player challenges, or carve up the competition online against 15 other players across 3 different online game modes.
  • Rank up and unlock thousands of customisation options to stamp their own style on their journey to become a surf legend.
  • Get that real surfing feel thanks to the expert input and support from renowned UK surfer Tom Lowe.

Climax Studios is an independent games developer based in Portsmouth, UK, with a mission to create games with guts that blow away gamers and reviewers alike. Throughout their 25 year history they have consistently delivered great games, from original IP to conversions and ports, across all genres and platforms, working on franchises such as Assassin’s Creed, Silent Hill, Resogun, Serious Sam, Dirt Rally, Castlevania and Diablo.

Surf World Series will be published by Vision Games Publishing Ltd.

First gameplay video for Surf World Series

The upcoming surfing game for Xbox One, Surf World Series, from British developer Climax Studios, now has a gameplay video to whet your appetite.

In Surf World Series, players will take to the waves to experience the thrill of pure arcade-style surfing. Ride monster waves from around the world at five legendary surfing destinations, including the sun-drenched beaches of Hawaii and the rugged coastlines of Portugal. Players can participate in 45 single player challenges, or carve up the competition online against 15 other players across three different multiplayer game modes.

Surf World Series will be on show at EGX Rezzed, from the 30th of March to the 1st of April in London, at the Tentacle Collective booth.

RiftStar Raiders from Climax Studios announced for Xbox

RiftStar Raiders

British game developer, Climax Studios, have today revealed a new co-op space shoot ’em up coming to Xbox One in 2017. RiftStar Raiders will be all about the loot and about the co-op.

In RiftStar Raiders, players will enlist their most reliable team-mates to shoot and loot their way through nine unique co-op missions. You and your pal will face off in top-down combat against the galaxy’s four most deadly factions, from rival pirate gangs to the AI hive mind known as WarSwarm.

As a pilot, it’s your job to maximise your profit by looting cash and perks form adversaries, using the perks to craft and upgrade your ship’s systems, weapons, shields and boost engines. You could experiment with a wide variety potential loadout combinations to modify and adapt your play style to each mission. Choose various options, from a tank that takes the hits, to a spacecraft that focuses on team support or a damage dealer that goes first into the fight. Players need to collaborate and strategise to create the ideal squad.

So, the Spiral Arm galaxy is under threat from imminent WarStorm invasion. As the Federation’s most infamous smugglers and outlaws it it is your chance to save the day and make a handsome profit at the same time.

RiftStar Raiders will feature a mountain of loot. Looting is the core to crafting and equipping weapons, shields and boost engines. These allow you to hit harder, move faster and play smarter and more importantly, collect more loot.

Teamwork is the key to success in this online co-op experience for up to four players. Co-operate with friends to complete objectives but also to compete to be the first to grab the loot. Experience intense combat utilising a huge range of gear and weapons to get the upper hand on your opponents in a fast-paced environment. Battle through waves of enemy units, each with their own unique challenge.

Raider craft wil evolve and improve with every mission. Collect perks and loot in order for pilots to customise your ship in order to be prepared to face the next challenge. With so many possibilities available, no two play throughs will be the same.

RiftStar Raiders will explode onto Xbox One in 2017