OlliOlli 2 XL Edition is developed by Roll7 and published by Team17.’The iconic skater is going all green-screen with a stunning new look, plucking you from the street and dropping you squarely in the middle of the big screen’s most bodacious cinema locations. OlliOlli2: XL Edition also introduces the brand-new feature Free-Skate mode; extended, chilled levels to learn the ropes, nail those expert tricks, or simply cruise and flow like never before.’
OlliOlli2, despite being a very simple side-scroller in terms of controls offers a decent challenge for players that want to get into it. There are also plenty of modes for players to try and get the highest score in although a lot of these feel the same. You have Career, which has ‘Amateur’ and ‘Pro’ versions of each level across five different worlds. Spots challenges players to rack up as high of a score as possible using only a single combo. Skatepark acts as a tutorial and finally, there is the XL edition exclusive Free-Skate which offers 5 extra levels, one for each world. These levels are also considerably longer than most others. As well as these modes OliOli offers a splitscreen local multiplayer mode called Combo-Rush and a Daily Grind for players to compete in.
The gameplay is very simple in OliOli 2 but hard to master. Using only the left stick and the A button as the main controls to perform and land tricks, the game looks easy enough but when it comes to racking up larger scores and changing up your tricks to get points out of the harder ones that is when the game really becomes difficult. There is also use of the bumpers to do some advanced tricks and change stances which becomes more important as you go for top of the leaderboards.
Besides the gameplay being difficult the idea is simple and objective is the same for each level; guide your character to the end of the level with as high of a score as possible. It doesn’t leave room to mix the game up a lot but it is fun enough to keep you playing. Plenty of tricks are available to the player to pull of as well despite it only being linked to three buttons although my only issue with the tricks is that when performing a manual it becomes near impossible to perform some tricks which can be annoying if trying to go for high scores.
There are five worlds that the player will go through, each with their own themes. These can be checked out in Career. Each stage in the order they are seen increases in difficulty with there being more hazards to watch out for and even multiple routes to take so players will have to find the one that helps them get the best score. Each stage has multiple levels with different layouts although these don’t change in difficulty unless you go to the Pro section. Pro levels are much harder than the first version of the level you go through and will usually have a lot more hazards to stop you. Each section has five levels per difficulty, including each Career, Spots and Free-Skate level that is over 100 individual challenges to play.