Free Running Reader Review
Free Running's a funny old sport; a bit like skateboarding, but without a skateboard. The PSP's a funny old console; a bit like a PS2, but easily droppable and with only one analogue stick. Put these together and you've got Free Running for the PSP; a bit like Tony Hawk's, but using only your virtual body and one analogue stick to fling yourself around an urban landscape. Free Running had a hard time finding a publisher, but now it's finally found one, in the shape of Rebellion, has the fad for Tony Hawk-alikes now passed, or is this unique twist on the formula worth your time and money?
Free Running's biggest problem, as with many PSP games, lies with that pesky single analogue stick. In a game where spot-on timing's needed and facing a wall at even slightly the wrong angle leads to a wallrun of death, the D-pad seems pretty necessary. Strangely, though, it's used for the camera (which you hardly ever use) and there's no option to use analogue stick for the camera instead. This aside, controls are responsive and you'll soon find yourself adopting all manner of mad poses as you fly through the air and hop across obstacles.
Control issues aside, Free Running has a lot going for it: crisp, smooth graphics, bone crunching sound effects and fine tunes from the likes of Mr. Scruff. There's also tons to unlock, including clothing, free running videos, as well as more tunes and tricks. Overall, Free Running is definitely worth your time and probably cheaper than the inevitable hospital bills you'd face after trying the real thing.
7 / 10