Free Running (video game)
|Publisher(s)||Ubisoft, Reef Entertainment|
|Platform(s)||Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii|
|Release||20 April 2007|
Free Running is a freerunning sports game, with mechanics similar to those found in skateboarding titles such as the Tony Hawk's series. The objective of the game is closer to that of parkour, in that the player must demonstrate speed, rather than flamboyance. The player is required to navigate their character through an urban environment by climbing, leaping, wall-running and other acrobatic maneuvers. Points are earned by performing combinations of such moves, and completing mini-challenges such as checkpoint races.
Eurogamer rated Free Running 5 out of 10, criticising stiff controls and camera, leading to unease in performing tricks and combinations. It did not compare favourably to the fluid movement in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Crackdown – titles that were deemed to be better free running games than Free Running.
- Dan Whitehead (10 April 2007). "Free Running PlayStation 2 Review". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2010-07-06.
Free Running is a noble effort to apply the platform game template to a seemingly appropriate real world pastime, but it's hamstrung from the start by gameplay that is neither agile nor fluid enough to deliver an engaging experience, and by a concept that is considerably less unique on a joypad as it is in reality.