OlliOlli World (for PC) – Revision 2021

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In 2014, developer Roll7 burst onto the gaming scene with OlliOlli, a different take on skateboard video games. OlliOlli was an endless runner – you only stopped when you ate the sidewalk – who asked you to survive obstacle courses and perform sick laps. OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood has added manuals that let you create huge chains of tricks across entire levels. With the upcoming OlliOlli World, Roll7 combines the simple control schemes of previous games with a dramatically expanded world, new visual style, and fun characters. A few minutes with the OlliOlli World demo convinced us that fans of the series should keep an eye out for this pc game when it launched later this year.

One Rad, New World

The $ 29.99 OlliOlli World immerses you in Radlandia, a fun mirror version of our reality. While the tracks of OlliOlli and OlliOlli 2 featured random pixel art, Radlandia gives OlliOlli World a cohesive visual style. You’ll pass through five themed regions, two of which were available in my demo version: Sunshine Valley (fun by the beach, with tourists, rides, and bodybuilding pigeons) and Cloverbrook (a haunted forest where old skateboards go back there. where they were born). Promotional art for the game highlights other levels to come: Burntrock, a wasteland of old bones and cacti; Los Vulgas, a Las Vegas-style area of ​​bright lights and ancient pyramids; and Sketchside, a dilapidated industrial area.

Regions sport different color palettes and environmental footprint, but they share the new look of OlliOlli World. Instead of using sprites, OlliOlli World has a bubblegum-style 3D aesthetic. It’s a cartoon world full of elongated limbs and stretched smiles, where you’ll walk past round bumblebees and soft drinks.

With this new look come characters filled with personality. There is a team of diverse skateboarders who introduce you to the different parts of the OlliOlli World experience. The beefy Gnarly Mike offers course challenges to increase your score. Chiffon, a medium, acts as a checkpoint. Suze is a filmmaker, the personification of the new Photo Mode. Finally, there’s papa, who owns the Rad Dad skate shop where you buy cosmetic items (this was not available in the demo version). Overall, the characters give OlliOlli World an endearing face, something that the previous series’ entries lacked. you won’t find Tony Hawk 1 + 2 Professional Skaterare real world skaters, but that’s okay.

It’s delicate

Previous OlliOlli games featured control schemes with a low barrier to entry, but a high mastery cap. This has not changed, although the control scheme is slightly different. The left analog stick is always the center of attention; move the stick in a “charge” direction one turn, and when you return the stick to a neutral position, your character jumps into the air and performs the move.

For example, you hold down and then release the left stick to perform a simple Ollie. You push the stick to the right and roll it up to take out an Inward Heel Flip. You roll the stick up and down to perform a 360 Shove. It’s a system that lets anyone do cool stuff. In fact, the movements make sense if you actually know the movements of skateboarding in the real world.

It’s easy to add layers to these movements. You grind while holding a direction on the left stick in flight near a grindable object (you are surfing certain surfaces by performing the same action). The manuals, the movements required to chain turns in a chain, require you to press the left stick forward or backward while pressing the A button (I mention “A” because the demo was played at the using an Xbox controller). Grapples are the only movements that use the correct analog stick, and they only work in the four cardinal directions.

In addition, you can change lanes by pressing X on your joystick. This brings your character to the foreground or background of a scene where you will discover secrets and new paths.

The control scheme looks relatively complicated, but the in-game tutorial teaches you everything in no time. The real difficulty is completing Gnarly Mike’s challenges – completing a level without doing an Olli, for example – or finding the different collectibles for each level. The goal is to beat your personal best score or complete any challenges, so be prepared to tackle each level over and over again.

Can your PC run OlliOlli World?

Most likely. Roll7 hasn’t released the minimum OlliOlli World system specs, but OlliOlli games have never been the type of experience to push your gaming rig. Even the polygons in OlliOlli World aren’t going to stress the game. Most modern gaming PCs.

Actually my gaming PC, a system with an AMD Ryzen 5 3600X processor, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 GPU, and 24 GB of RAM: Run the game at a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 and a smoothness of 60 frames per second.

Ride on the wild side

Behind the bright and colorful skateboarding kaleidoscope that underlies OlliOlli World is an electronic soundtrack curated by the developers. Even in that first release, I found myself falling into the same state of fluidity as previous games, with the soundtrack, two-tone levels, and cheats coming together to briefly blur reality. Even with the changes to OlliOlli World, that element of the series shines through.

Developer Roll7 promises character customization, online leagues, and “millions of shareable levels,” which likely means a level editor will be part of the package. OlliOlli World will introduce new and veteran players to its skateboarding action on PC, as well as PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S / X, and Nintendo Switch, this winter.

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