Gaming

My GameCube Library: Disney Extreme Skate Adventure

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In this series I will go over all the games I remember playing as a kid on my Gamecube. Some were good, but most were bad, but all of them have a special place in my heart.

When I was a kid, my parents determined what games I would play by the ESRB rating. When I was under 10, I couldn’t play E10+ games or anything with a more mature rating like T or M. I always wanted to play a skateboarding game, and Tony Hawk games had a T rating, so I had to settle for Disney Extreme Skate Adventure with an E rating.

Looking back, it’s not too bad of a game. A lot of the mechanics and tricks are right from Tony Hawk’s Underground, but it all has a nice Disney coating on it There are 10 areas to rack up all the points you can with three movies (Toy Story, Lion King, Tarzan) having 3 different courses, and a generic port town for your custom character to skate in. There are characters from these movies to skate as like Buzz, Woody, Simba, and Tarzan, but they all look really dead eyed and expression-less but the characters are very animated in their movements especially when they crash.

The music that plays isn’t Disney music, but something that really dates the game and screams early 2000’s. Hits from Reel Big Fish, Lil’ Romeo and Smash Mouth are the tunes you will listen to while doing ollies and kickflips in Andy’s room. I played this game a lot, and there are some tunes that are playing in my head as I write this. They’re catchy but a lot of it is really dated and can get grating after a long exposure. Reel Big Fish is an acquired taste as is, but hearing them every 40 minutes is nauseating.

By far and away my favorite thing about this game is the areas that you can explore, particularly the Toy Story areas. Andy’s Room is super creative with all the features, and going through it is super fun. The missions in the areas are creative and unique and really feel as if you are a part of the movies they are from. The issue I have with these worlds is the same as Quidditch World Cup, which is that the movie voice actors are not the same. I give this more of a pass considering that Tom Hanks and Jonathan Taylor Thomas were busier doing other things, and most of the voice actors do a decent enough job that it’s not distracting. This game is fun, and a decent substitute for other skating games.

Next week, we take to the air with everyone’s favorite pink blob.

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