If you’re a surfing fan looking for your fix of waves on console, then Barton Lynch Pro Surfing could be exactly what you’re looking for. Here is our Barton Lynch Pro Surfing Review.
We have yet to see a surfing game take off on consoles, even to date. The success of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater makes that even more of a surprise, the series even earning a remake on modern consoles. However, Barton Lynch looks to right that wrong with their surfboarding simulation title.
The game allows you to surf freely to your heart’s content. By creating your custom character or choosing some of the biggest names in surfing, you make your way around the globe on the surf world tour.
World Tour Mode
The world tour mode is where you will spend the majority of your time in the game. In this mode, players will make their way through the many locations in the game, earning cash and building their reputation. In doing so, you will unlock better equipment and attract the attention of sponsors. One thing to remember while building up cash is that it also costs to enter events. If you’re not a surfing buff, you might struggle for funds if you can’t get the expected performances. Challenge mode in world tour makes the game welcoming slightly more to players. That mode is risk-free, no-cost entry tournaments and avoids the risk of injury players face.
As mentioned above, this game might be a struggle for anyone who doesn’t know the ins and outs of surfing. The reasoning behind that is because of the unique approach the game takes to its gameplay. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater may have pushed the limits of layers, but Barton Lynch takes it to another level. Not only do you have to be careful of the moves you perform, but you also have to keep an eye on the waves or risk wiping out.
Future Plans and Bungarra Debut
Bungarra Studios surfed their way into the industry, with this being their first title released. The Perth-based developer has plenty of plans for their maiden voyage into the gaming world. Camera updates are part of those plans, allowing players to play in first-person view. Fan Hub will provide players with a community to download character models and upload their own. Players will also be able to scan their faces into the game to apply to their custom pro.
Iconic Locations and Customisation
The world tour mode showcases some of the most iconic locations on the pro surfing circuit. But it is not just about the career mode. Free surf allows players to surf without any risk whatsoever, and the in-game customization gives them the chance to surf in any weather and at any time of day. You can even modify the wind conditions you will face.
Final Verdict – An Unforgiving Experience
The game is unique in its own way and pushes the boundaries of the physics of the engine. Sadly, it won’t be making any headlines in the gaming world. The experience is not welcoming for anyone who doesn’t know surfing to an expert degree. That’s not to say it’s a bad game, but it just won’t break out of the comfort zone of the demographic audience with its unforgiving style of physics and tricks.
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