We recently reviewed Farming Simulator 17 and while researching it before its arrival, I discovered that Maximum Games was also releasing Mark McMorris Infinite Air at the same time and I was pleased to receive a digital download copy to try out on the PC at home.
Being from Canada, I have a special place in my heart for winter sports and I’ve always been sure to watch the Winter Olympics, even if it means being up until 4am to watch them 9 time-zones away! The 2014 Olympics in Sochi wasn’t quite to that extreme, but I made sure to schedule in some pertinent watching with the kids. When you’re homeschooling, the Olympics are a great way to learn….but I also had other reasons for watching.
Regina, Saskatchewan is my hometown. It’s not ‘big’ in the grand scale of things, but it’s a decent place in the middle of the prairies between Winnipeg and Calgary. It isn’t necessarily known for a lot other than having the longest bridge over the shortest span of water and Wascana Park is about three times larger than New York’s Central Park. As far as sports go, we have the Saskatchewan Roughriders (although the vast majority aren’t from Saskatchewan). However…
We do have some great athletes and the reason I was glued to the TV this past Olympics were to see a co-worker’s son play hockey for Team Canada (Chris Kunitz along with teammate Ryan Getzlaf), and Mark McMorris as well! It was a house full of cheering when McMorris won bronze with broken ribs!! In fact we were so psyched up we even made little peg dolls!
So now that you know why we were interested in this game, let’s get onto the review!
We don’t play a lot of video games, but this game had everyone cheering and calling out together and giving directions to the player (even before they’d ever had a turn)! The laughs were amazing. I originally had intended to play this on my PC but the graphics card wasn’t up for it. To prevent the game crashing we wait until Phil gets home from work and we use his PC, then things warm up and the fun begins.
As Phil’s more of the gamer in the house, I thought you’d like to hear his opinion:
I run this on a NVidia GT780Ti 4GB graphics card which handles very well, the graphics and the scenery are smooth representing a good feel of experiencing actual snowboarding.
I love the scene editor – who doesn’t want the power to create a new mountain to do your craziness on?? You can record yourself also and replay those awesome runs you’ve had or to have a laugh at how stupid you were while smashing into a tree or ploughing the snow with your face.
I would like to say that I do really like this game, even though I do have my frustrations mainly down to getting used to the controls which takes an age to get used to. Try the flip tutorial and you will be throwing your controller at your screen (I use a xbox 360 controller).
Overall, great game play with hours of fun but not for the weak-hearted as it takes quite some time to get used to the controls.
That being said, here’s a photo snapped just after our 6-year-old daughter managed a perfect flip that no one else has yet mastered! The looks of disbelief were great!
Perhaps one needs to be ‘under a certain age’ to really grasp the hang of this game? I can’t say as they won’t let me get near it so I haven’t had a proper chance myself, and I’m fuming! If I have to up at 2am, to get a proper turn, I’m going to have to do it!
Mark McMorris Infinite Air may be purchased in store or online: