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Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Wave Break 14 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 13 months ago.
To play you traverse vast swaths of land and sea in five different locations collecting items, performing tricks, and shooting enemies. As you complete missions you get new characters, guns and cosmetics. The controls are simple to learn but offer nuanced control that enable harder tricks, rail grinds and huge jumps. Enemy encounters result in fast-paced shootouts where you need to both steer and aim at the same time.
In addition to the single player Campaign mode you can compete against other players or computer opponents for high scores, kills, or simply exploring and having fun with no set objective. Additionally, you can also create your own skate parks and can upload them for others to enjoy. An unusual aspect of this is playing a map while a friend is still constructing it, or both working to create the biggest jump.
The result is bizarre in concept but works surprisingly well. Riding your tiny speed boat like it was a skateboard is a lot of fun, and the various challenges push you to use it in increasingly ambitious ways.
- Trick Attack, where you compete for the highest score from performing tricks.
- Death-match, where the aim is to get the most kills.
- Free Play, where there is no set objective.
In addition to these modes, you can also create skate parks while playing with friends, where each player can make, or play on the stage as it's being created, and can switch between these two modes.
You can play this game in the following styles:
11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Younger players just need quick reactions and the ability to use the environment to their advantage.
- You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
- You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
- You need a subscription to play online:
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Release Date: 23/06/2020, updated in 2021
Out Now: PC, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One
Content Rating: PEGI 16
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
Players: 1-4 (4 online)
Accessibility: 11 features
Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
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