Kirby Air Ride (GameCube)
Kirby Air Ride Review By Barathemos
Today I will be reviewing a personal favorite game of mine, Kirby Air Ride. Now, I really do like this game so be prepared for some praise! I have decided to start writing these reviews to get my job started again and to help people with finding good games to play! This one will be on a game that I have loved for my whole life and i am hoping that this review will get you to play the game! If you haven't read my review on Tournament of Legends, you can go here to read it before or after this one to compare what I have said and the way that i am speaking. By the way, this is a game that I love and Tournament of Legends is one that I don't really like all that much. At the bottom of the review you will see the link. I will go ahead and say that you will see many differences between both of the reviews.
I must say that this game is a really great one. The thing that I love most about this game comes in the free mode. As a gamer, I love all sandbox games and I love the ones with a huge sandbox more! Now, this game has a large city with an underground section and flying that makes it a really big place. What makes it so big is all the different cars ( Stars ) that you can use in this game to travel the city. Many things about the city are awesome and these are just some of them. Next thing that I love is the PvP battles. What I mean by Battles is the racing against other players on lots of different tracks. You can play with one other player or with many. You can also go up against the CPU, which can be either easy or hard depending on how much handicap you give them and how much of it you give yourself. When you give them many and you don't get much then it will be really hard to win unless you are really good. But if you have a huge handicap for you and you don't give them any then it switches and you get the advantage, which makes it really easy. Next thing is the top run. All this is are some short tracks that you race from a bird's eye view. These can be fun when racing with a fair handicap and not so fun when one gets more then the other. Overall these 3 settings make up most of the game, but there are some others that I won't get into in this review. I have gotten into enough out of those sections here and I don't won't to spoil the rest of the review so I will not go on. Now, many different sections make up this game and I will get into them later in this review, but for now this is it.
They are quite good. What you see in this game is really great. You will see a lot of smooth animations and some really great 2D graphics that make it look 3D. Now keep in mind that this game is for the gamecube, not for the Wii or Playstation 3. Now, what you see in this game is nothing even close to what you will see out of those systems, but when I got this game years ago, it was a really great one. The colors in this game are really great. There are lots of light and dark colors that make the game look great. When you have to many light colors then the game doesn't look very good. This is the same with dark colors. I mean, who wants to see a game with a bunch of blinding colors or a game where you can't see what is happening? Now, this game has really smooth buildings and everything else in the game. When looking at the top runner game play, I must say they seemed to take a good amount of time to do that part of the game because of how much detail they put into it. I am not saying that the rest of the game didn't have a whole lot of effort because I would be so wrong saying that. The rest of the game are made really well, that is why I am giving this a 9. It is just wonderful all around.
Yeah, the sound is awesome. You have the sound from a whole lot of different instruments combined into one nice song! The sound track in this game is really great compared to lots of other games. The sound moves around with great theme and it flows with the right beats! As a person who is really into music, you should know that a good rating in this section really means that it is great! The sounds for the title screens are also good along with the music for the real game play. You have to look up a couple of themes on Youtube, I would tell you to look up the City theme. Some of the themes are also on the Kirby 20 year CD with the same music on it.It is the kind of sound that I can turn it on and come check Vizzed to see what is going on and listen to it in the background, it is just that kind of music. Now, when I get to the game I can't help but sit in front of my TV and listen to the music while playing the game. The smooth melodies go great with the bass. I love it all in this game and I will say that the sound is part of it that I love above all the rest. When you listen to the music, it should really make you calm. The music is not too loud and it has soft sounds that make you just feel good! If the sound for the game were to not be at the point where they are, then the game would not have gotten such a high rating from me.
Yeah, the game can be quite addicting at times. I have recorded my time for the longest time that I have played it in one sitting ( Because it tells you ) and it came out to be 87 minutes and 42 seconds. It was one of the first times I had ever played the game, and I have done around the one hour mark lots of? times. Now, i have also played the game for only 5 minutes, which is my all time low. That is when I was really bored and before I signed up for Vizzed so I had nothing to do. I didn't really want to play it for very long so I decided not to. But, I have gotten my average time and it came out to about 48 minutes, which is quite good. This means that I spend about an hour playing this game at a time! And saying that I have played the game a whole lot, just try to think of how much time I have spent playing the game! That is just how great the game is! I have played all modes with my brother countless times and I have done a whole lot, I love beating him in everything! I am a really good player at the game. I think that overall, if you are a big or just a small fan of racing, you will love this game a lot! It is not that expensive, I got a new copy for only $15 before it was stopped being produced. You should think about it!
This is my favorite section! Can you guess why? It is because there is not a story! Mostly. There is kind of a story with the city trial mode. This is a short, 5 minute, section where you get as many power ups that you can so you can win the races and other kind of thing at the end of that 5 minute time period. Now, there are some monsters and other things that happen to the city to cause madness in the city to prevent or help you get more power ups. I don't really know if this counts as a story but it is the closest that you are going to get to a story in this game. Although there is not a story, it is still really fun to play. On the free mode in city trial, you can make up your own story and have fun doing this! ( You will need some imagination with this one ) You might think that a game without a story is not that good, which is normally true, but it is completely wrong for this game. Just try random playing! You will just need to go with the flow and you will find it great!
This game does have a whole lot of depth. You see, you will get to play a whole lot of modes including the city trial free run and normal mode, the Top Run witch comes in practice, CPU, or PvP. You also get the normal race mode witch is a nice and multi race section that included lots of sections. You will get to play a bunch of modes in this game which help the name not be boring. What you will find is that when you don't want to play one mode, you will find another that seems fun to you at that time so you will go playing that mode. What you will love is that you can spend a big chuck of time trying to get achievements or you can just spend a short amount of time trying to get just a small little thing. Just a little side note, you will want to unlock Metaknight, why? because he is awesome! he can fly around really well even when you are not doing city! There is a whole lot of fun things that you can do even when you have just gotten the game and I have just said what is great to do! You can play for a very long time without being bored and it is really worth it.
So, I have said it once and I will say it again ( Just this time with a lot more detail ) This game can be hard or easy, and also all the way in between. There are ways to make it hard such as taking off handicaps for you and adding all of them to the CPU so you are not going to be at such an advantage. That is a way of making it a lot harder, there is also a very simple way to make it really easy. That way is to set all handicaps to your side and not give any to the CPU. I don't do this because I am a player who wants a good challenge so I set them both fully off so neither of us are at the advantage. I want it to be fair so that I can tell you all right now that I am a skilled player at the game. It has taken me a few years to get here ( Or just a few months ) But I am one of the best players of this game. I have gone to some tournaments that play this game. ( Not officially, but arranged by us players ) I would say that if you are just starting the game, set the cap all the way for you and then slowly go over and over until it is even. Or, if you really want to prove that you are good then you can change it so that you get none of the cap and give it all to the CPU. This will show that you are a real player, I do this sometimes and I do really well! I think it is the best way that you can get to your true potential, and that is what i have done!
This is the game that i have wanted to make a proper review for for a really long time, I just never had the time to make it and i also didn't have the time to play the game and write this review while going back over some of the basics for this review. I must say that this is a game that you should really play and that I would want to know how many people own this game. It is a fairly unpopular game that I think is way under rated so I decided to bring it to your attention of what the game is and the good and very few bad parts of the game. If you have the game, try to tell me what I said correctly about the game and what I said that was wrong about the game. Below is a pro and con section that is new to my reviews so please give me good feedback on that section!
Active Gameplay with not many long cut senses
Great Graphics and Sound
Lots of Effort Put into the Game
Sometimes Not Very Addicting ( Only if you just aren't feeling in the mood to play the game, if you are then this will not count )
I hope you enjoyed reading this review on one of my favorite games, Kirby Air Ride. I hope I inspired you to get the game or at least look up some information about the game! IF you have any feedback you would like to submit, just post it below and I will gladly take it into consideration. This took me a really long time to type up so I really do hope that you liked it! Thanks for reading my review and have a great day!
Here is the link I told you about in the beginning of my review. Remember to tell me how you see differences between the 2 reviews!