Transworld Surf was developed by Angel Studios, a game shop known for creating visually stunning outdoor environments.
Thus, its no surprise that this extreme surfing game excels graphically. The waves are realistic and detailed, and make extensive use of the Xboxs lighting and bump-mapping capabilities. All 10 of the games locations have a distinct look that properly reflects the conditions in each area. Also lifelike are the player models and animations. The sound effects arent nearly as remarkable as the graphics, but the music is great.
The diverse soundtrack features tracks from Nebula, Dr. Onionskin, Cali Agents, Anti-Flag, and Sum 41. Best of all, players can program their own soundtrack from the Xbox hard drive. Game modes include free surf, single session, multiplayer, and pro tour. The first three modes are self-explanatory, while the last consists of objective-based levels and competitions with the pros.
Although the controls are responsive, timing tricks and combos is initially difficult. Unlike in skateboarding and BMX games, the player has to master each tricks timing while worrying about a constantly moving environment. While it may be too daunting for beginners, this is a deep and rewarding game thats a joy to behold. Its to surfing games what Tony Hawks Pro Skater is to skateboarding games.--Raymond M. Padilla Amazon.com.