‘OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Ollywood’

Almost everyone has that one game they are incredibly competitive in, from classics like “Frogger” and “Pac-Man,” to the new hotness in mobile games like “Candy Crush.”

Something about these games just bring out our competitive nature to have the highest score.

“OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Ollywood,” developed by Roll7, feeds off of that desire to be the best and creates a fun, worthwhile experience while doing so.

OlliOlli 2 is the sequel to 2014’s surprise hit “OlliOlli” and was released on March 3 for Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita. OlliOlli 2 improves on its predecessor in every way, most notably by introducing new mechanics such as manuals and reverts which allow greater combos and scores.

In OlliOlli 2, you are a skateboarder and you ride on a linear plane from the starting point to the finish line. However, it is not about the destination, it is about how you get there. On your way you can performs tricks and string together combos to try and engross all of the points you possibly can.

The game does a good job at teaching you the basics of how to go about gathering a huge score. It provides you with several objectives at the start of each level, for instance, do a certain trick or jump over a certain object. Completing all of the level objectives will award you with unlocks that continue to test your skill.

One of my favorite parts of the game is the restart button, which does exactly that. If you miss a chance at a great combo, or are upset with the way your run is going, you can just hit the restart button, which is mapped to triangle on the Playstation controller, and it instantly sends you back to the starting point.

If OlliOlli 2 does not seem like your cup of tea, you should at the very least check out the soundtrack, which is available on Spotify and can be found on YouTube. So far, it is my favorite video game soundtrack of the year and deserves to be heard by everyone. OlliOlli 2 just scratches that itch that is usually hard to reach. It is so easy to pick up and play, which makes it perfect while waiting for class or on a car ride.

Extremely easy to learn but incredibly difficult to master is the best way to explain OlliOlli 2. I expect to be challenging myself with OlliOlli 2 for a long time to come.

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