Free Running (video game)

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Free Running
Developer(s)Rebellion Developments (PS2, Wii)
Core Design (PSP)
Publisher(s)Ubisoft, Reef Entertainment, Graffiti Entertainment
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii
Release
  • AU: 5 April 2007
  • EU: 20 April 2007
Wii, Windows
  • EU: 1 October 2009
  • NA: 28 April 2010 (Wii)
Genre(s)Sports
Mode(s)Single-player

Free Running is a 2007 video game for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii and Microsoft Windows, developed by Rebellion Developments and Core Design and published by Ubisoft,[1] Reef Entertainment, and Graffiti Entertainment.

Gameplay[edit]

Free Running is a freerunning sports game, with mechanics similar to those found in skateboarding titles such as the Tony Hawk's series.[1] The objective of the game is a representation of freerunning, and players must demonstrate speed, rather than flamboyance.[1] 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.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic(PSP) 65/100[2]
(PS2) 61/100[3]
(Wii) 51/100[4]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Edge7/10[5]
Eurogamer5/10[1]
GamesMaster75%[6]
OPM (UK)6/10[7]
(OPS2) 5/10[8]
PSM370%[9]
VideoGamer.com5/10[10]
The Sydney Morning Herald2/5 stars[11]

The game received "mixed" reviews on all platforms according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[3][2][4] Eurogamer criticized the PlayStation 2 version's 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.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Dan Whitehead (10 April 2007). "Free Running (PlayStation 2)". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved 6 July 2010. 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.
  2. ^ a b "Free Running (psp: 2007): Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Free Running (ps2: 2007): Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Free Running for Wii Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Free Running (PS2)". Edge. No. 172. Future plc. February 2007. p. 82.
  6. ^ "Free Running (PS2)". GamesMaster. Future plc. May 2007. p. 71.
  7. ^ "Free Running (PS2)". PlayStation Official Magazine – UK. No. 5. Future plc. April 2007. p. 96.
  8. ^ "Free Running (PS2)". Official UK PlayStation 2 Magazine. No. 82. Future plc. February 2007. p. 75.
  9. ^ "Review: Free Running (PS2)". PSM3. Future plc. June 2007. p. 78.
  10. ^ Will Freeman (22 April 2007). "Free Running Review (PS2)". VideoGamer.com. Resero Network. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  11. ^ Eliot Fish (14 May 2007). "Free Running (PS2)". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 7 June 2018.

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