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24 Nov 2023

REVIEW: Barton Lynch Pro Surfing on PC (Steam)

Review by Jon Donnis
Barton Lynch Pro Surfing, developed by a dedicated indie team in Western Australia, is a breath of fresh air for surfing game enthusiasts who have been longing for a realistic simulation experience. However, this niche title might not be everyone's cup of tea.

The game earns praise for its stunning locations, diverse game modes, and a meticulous approach to simulating the art of surfing. The attention to detail in physics and the inclusion of legendary surfers contribute to the authenticity of the experience.

On the downside, the game feels a bit unpolished, with controls that might be challenging for newcomers. The absence of an arcade mode is a curious decision, limiting the appeal to a specific audience, mainly surfers or dedicated fans of the sport. The plethora of menus and options can be overwhelming, making it less accessible for casual players looking for a quick pick-up-and-play experience.

Graphics, touted as cutting-edge, fall short of the expected standard for a next-generation game, which might disappoint those expecting a visual feast. The absence of an arcade mode compounded by the use of surfing jargon might alienate newcomers.

A notable feature is the extensive customization options, allowing players to tailor their characters and equipment to their liking. The inclusion of real-world surf brands adds a layer of authenticity to the game.

The career mode adds depth, challenging players to climb the world rankings while managing various aspects like money, equipment, health, and performance. The game offers a variety of modes, including Tour Modes, Free Surf, and Trick Challenges, ensuring hours of engaging gameplay.

The ability to customize weather conditions in real-time adds an interesting dimension, enhancing the replayability of each location. The soundtrack, featuring Smoking Martha, Kilns, Oly Sherman, Wing Defence, Mesmeriser, and Bad Pony, complements the surfing vibe and fluid mechanics of the game.

While Barton Lynch Pro Surfing may not be the perfect wave for everyone, it successfully caters to its target niche audience of surfing enthusiasts. The game's high price tag might deter some potential players, and the lack of a more user-friendly approach could limit its broader appeal. Despite its flaws, this title manages to carve its niche in the world of sports simulation games.

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