Free Running (video game)
Free Running is the title of a video game developed by Rebellion (by the internal team Core Design who were responsible for the Tomb Raider series) and published by Reef Entertainment, released for the PlayStation 2 and PSP in 2007 in the UK only. Urban Freeflow gave feedback during the development of the game, and some of the team members feature as playable characters. Sebastien Foucan appears as a trainer in the game to help get the player started.
It was announced in September 2009 that a Nintendo Wii port of the game is set to be released before Christmas 2009
The game takes a similar style to Tony Hawk's Pro Skater games, with different button combinations used to pull off various free running and parkour movements and combos. The player must complete goals within a time limit to unlock further areas of the levels.
The release was delayed multiple times, and the game changed significantly from the release of initial trailers, which may have been part of the reason for the lack of mainstream exposure the game received. The game is yet to be released outside of Europe.
The game received generally average scoring reviews, with a MetaCritic average of 61/100, with the highest rating being 75/100. The main criticism was that the control system is too awkward to use to produce fluid or agile movements. The game was also criticised within the free running community over the hugely exaggerated jump distance and names given to some of the moves.
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- MetaCritic is a site which collects review scores from major magazines and websites and produces an average