Channeling elements of some other classic retro multi-sport titles, this has flair but is undoubtedly a bit limited
One very cool element of Xtreme Sports, as an aging gamer, is the fact that it was able to transport me back more than 30 years to a simpler and earlier time. Playing multi-sport titles like the Summer Games series or the iconic Skate or Die, the variety and challenge of these classics were a staple in my gaming library on the Commodore 64. The thing is, even through those rose-colored glasses of nostalgia there’s no denying that by modern standards this sort of play is pretty limited. Worse, as someone who has gone back and played some of these titles pretty recently, Xtreme Sports also comes in a bit more on the simplistic side. Its art style is undeniably cute, and very WayForward in its overall look, and its RPG-ish overworld tries to compensate a bit for what amount to hit or miss implementation of the different events, but it isn’t quite enough. The rules and concepts for some events aren’t as clear and well-explained as others, and more often than not these events feel more like imitations of better-implemented games rather than fresh takes that nail the execution. If you’re a throwback fan this still may be fun, but for anyone else it probably wouldn’t be more than a brief fascination at best.
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