Review by skydragonemo
"Another HAL Laboratories Masterpiece"
One may think that no game could top the legacy of the Super Smash Brothers dynasty. Well, this one comes close, but is still one of the greatest and most addicting Gamecube games to date. HAL Laboratories have really pulled it together this time. With it's simple controls yet extremely difficult and compelling tasks (360 of them), this game is a household product for any Nintendo fan, and makes the name Kirby gain an even higher level of respect.
Gameplay: This game is one of the longest games ever to be released on the Gamecube. It comes packed with three great modes. It isn't just long, however. This game is VERY addicting, so make sure that you don't lose track of time and end up playing for a week straight.
Air Ride, the basic racing mode with nine playable tracks, competitions, time trials, and a free mode, is the more classic mode. With 120 specific tasks to be completed through every portion of the mode, in every form imaginable, it will take even the most experienced player a long time to complete it.
Top Ride is the second mode. It is an overhead view of racing with simple controls yet tough tasks to complete. With another nine tracks, and another 120 tasks, this mode may be the simplest, but will still take the average gamer a long time to complete.
City Trial is the heart and soul of Kirby's Air Ride. There are another 120 tasks, but don't think this is just another boring racing game. No, this mode is more like an RPG. You and up to three other computers spend three to seven minutes in a huge city looking for better machines and power ups for them. You will run into many events during this time, such as huge birds swooping in to attack, massive changes in power ups, insane speed boosts, and even giant meteors. At the end, you test your machine in one of over twenty battle modes against other players. This mode is definitely the prize of the pack, and helps to get Kirby's Air Ride a gameplay score of 10 out of 10.
Controls: The controls in this game are simplistic yet fun for even the most experienced hardcore gamer. The controller configuration is a simple one button control. The vehicle rides on its own, and does not require you to do anything but steer. The only button that is used is the A button. By holding this, you stop in place and charge for a speed boost upon letting go. This is especially useful on turns to slide and boost into the next section of track. Items are used by simply running over them and using A, and some don't require you to press anything at all. Despite a one button controller configuration, driving in the game still requires practice and skill, so that everyone can drive easily enough the first time, but must hone their skills to be the best. The simple yet challenging control methods get a 10 out of 10.
Replay Value (Multiplayer): This game will still be a favorite well after you complete its 360 tasks. It is a very addicting game, and is often a favorite at parties. The unique styles of play make for endless situations and scenarios that will never get old. Get a few friends together and duke it out it Air Ride, Top Ride, or City Trial, and have a blast! The replay value and multiplayer mode of Kirby's Air Ride get a 10 out of 10.
Music: Music is often an important aspect of a great game. This game has a good tune to it for background music, but it tends to repeat itself. However, it is not annoying music, and is actually somewhat catchy. The repeating nature of the otherwise good music in Kirby's Air Ride gets it an 8 out of 10, but you will probably be having too much fun with the game and laughing with your friends too hard to even notice!
Conclusion: Well, there you have it. With gameplay that can't be beat, controls that can't be matched, replay value that never gets old, great multiplayer madness, and alright music, this game is a 10 out of 10 knockout that should be at the top of any Gamer's library. That's the last word, now get out and go play!
Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 01/20/04
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