This time I re-review Adrenalin Misfits. I think when I first played it a few years ago, I was excited about it. Since that time, I’m not as excited anymore. This was another one of the launch titles and it didn’t get much publicity as well. If you haven’t heard about this one, here’s the summary:

Adrenalin Misfits is gaming without a net. Experience the full rush of full-body  play in this game designed to push the action to the max. Soar through seven  remarkable fantasy worlds on a flying board that acts like a snowboard without  the mountain. Compete against bosses in races and challenges, then steal their  boards when you win! There are 60 boards to collect and a variety of challenges  to conquer, including half-pipes, balloon busters, time trials, distance runs,  big air, and more. Snag power-ups to boost your board’s abilities and be sure to  wow the crowd. The louder your friends in the room cheer, the faster your rider  will go.

Overview

Overall, it’s a mediocre game. There are things to do, but they get repetitive, and then when you do complete them, there isn’t anything else. This is one of the it is what it is games, although it could have been a lot more.

The Menu

The menu is operated using static Kinect gestures, such as holding your arm out left or right to change options, or raising your hand straight up to confirm a selection. It’s a weird menu, but it works. Anyhow, the menu items are very simple, Single Player, Multiplayer, Options and Data. If you need to get to the Kinect tuner, you have to press A on a controller.

Single Player/Multiplayer

I combined both items as they are identical except multiplayer allows a second player to play simultaneously. That is the only difference, everything else is the same. This game is a “cross” boarding game, which means your board is like a hover board that can go over any terrain. It’s a cool concept so you’re not limited to one type of track. There’s only two game modes where you actually race, the other modes are more about skills. Anyhow, when you first start out, everything is locked so your only goal is to really try to unlock everything. You have to begin with the Trials area, which is basically the tutorial. There are 4 of these races that explain all of the different controls in the game. It also explains about power ups that give you a Mario Kart feel. Once you complete all 4, it then unlocks the other modes of the game, which include Downhill Slalom, Fly Distance, Trick Score, Balloon Buster, Free Race and Stadium Games. I’ll break down each one to give you an overview.

Downhill Slalom
This is your typical race through the gates game mode. The thing I did like about this game is that every type of game mode and race has secrets and shortcuts that you can use, instead of it just being a straight simple track, so the variety is a nice mix up. It’s pretty self-explanatory,  but I did make a video of it which you can view below:

Fly Distance
This is one of the skill modes. Basically there are insane jumps throughout the courses. What you want to do, is jump at the right time, then hold out both arms to your side like you are flying and kind of lean back. The objective is to travel the most amount of yards in the air. It doesn’t matter what place you finish as whomever has the most yards wins. The video explains it better:

Trick Score
This mode is all about doing tricks to earn points. It again doesn’t matter what place you finish, as if you have the most points and finish last, you will still place 1st. The tricks consist of twisting your body in all kinds of odd ways, I did get a little dizzy from spinning in a circle so much, but here’s the video of it:

Balloon Buster
This one has you attempting to break as many balloons as possible. Breaking balloons within a certain time limit gives you bonus points so it can be quite challenging. Again, it doesn’t matter where you place as long as you get the most points. Here’s the video of it:

Free Race
This is the only normal racing mode. Your objective is to get in first place, there are shortcuts though so its kind of do what you want type of race. Here’s a video of it:

Stadium Games
This is the bonus section of the game. You don’t race anyone, but instead try to score as many points as possible. There’s a big jump mode, a half-pipe mode and a stunt course. If you win all 5 races in one event, it opens up more but I didn’t beat the game completely so I can’t tell you what they all are. It’s actually somewhat boring so I didn’t bother making a video of it.

Boards/Characters

As you progress through the game, finishing first seems to earn you new boards and characters that you unlock. Boards are categorized into Basic, Novice, Advanced, Special, Rare and Misfits. Special boards can be unlocked by reaching certain goals, such as flying 300 yards in the flying mode. I’m not certain how to unlock the rare and misfits boards, but with this kind of game, once you unlock the best board, you will care less about unlocking the rest unless you are trying to fully complete the game. I believe there are 11 misfit characters to unlock as well, when you do, a little intro video plays of them. It would have been nice if there was some story to this game, such as why are they are racing and who all of these misfits are.

Options

The options area is typical. You can adjust the screen brightness, turn on or off the mini map display, top 3 display, photo display, change your auto save drive and adjust the SFX, Music and MC volumes.

Data

Data keeps track of everything basically. You can view your records as well as your stats. There’s also a characters section in here allowing you to replay their intro videos and view a 3D model of them. Lastly, are the credits.

Conclusion

As I mentioned earlier, this is one of those it is what it is games. When I first played it, I thought it was cool because it was different, but now I realized how repetitive it is. 2 players add a little more fun to it, but it’s pretty much the same thing over and over. The good thing about it now is that the price has dropped considerably, so if you want a boarding game, this probably isn’t a bad one to get.


This review is based on a retail copy of the Xbox 360 version of Adrenalin Misfits
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