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What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The expansion to OlliOlli World adds more to the fantastical skateboarding game, which doesn't have any pervasive messages. That said, your friends in the game encourage you to be your best, which can be perceived as positive.
Positive Role Models
You can fully customize your character's look, but little is known about the protagonist, other than you want to impress aliens with your skateboarding skills. But your friends in the game are positive role models as they want you to perform well, and encourage you to do so.
As with the core game, this add-on content is a fantasy cartoon adventure and features wild-looking characters like giant talking frogs, aliens, and robots. That said, there is a lot of diversity when it comes to gender, race and skin color, and age. You can also customize the main character with gender fluid options, such as wearing skirts but also donning a mustache, as an example.
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Ease of Play
Building up on the mechanics found in the main game, OlliOlli World, this expansion is fairly easy to pick up -- but a new mechanic is introduced that lets you levitate temporarily using an alien beam, which could be a little tough to master. A "Tricktionary" section off the main menu lists how to pull of the main moves.
Violence & Scariness
Like other skateboarding games, you can wipe out, which looks painful as you smash to the ground or perform a faceplant, but it's not graphic, bloody, or excessive.
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There's some crude humor, such as giant cat character that has coins appear out of its buttocks (yes, you read that correctly), and there's some flatulence noises, too.
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Products & Purchases
This game is downloadable content (DLC) to the core OlliOlli World, and there is a second part of this bonus content to be available soon. There are also special editions you can buy (if you don't own the original game yet) which has this extra content.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Not found in the DLC but in the core game, OlliOlli World has two brief instances of drug references: "This isn't what I thought you meant when you said we'd get high" and a reference to a character that reads "High on Seaweed." One female character smokes a cartoon pipe, but only bubbles come out.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know the OlliOlliWorld expansion -- beginning with VOID Riders as the first batch of new downloadable content (DLC) -- is a fantasy skateboarding adventure for PlayStation 4/5, Xbox One/Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PC. Players must perform tricks on imaginative maps, and impress onlooking aliens. There are very subtle drug references, some crude humor (flatulence), and players can wipe out on the ground (but with no blood or broken bones). Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content.
Is It Any Good?
If you liked OlliOlli World, you'll love the additional content here. OlliOlli World Expansion doesn't mess with the formula that made the original popular, but builds on the fun. The moment you're introduced to your bizarre and colorful new crew -- aliens Sair'Rah, Khehvyn, and Pftangxi -- the story sets the stage for your work to gain "cred" for your skateboard skills. You'll master tricks like you did in the original game, but now your otherworldly companions are joining you across areas like Burntrock, Sunshine Valley, and Cloverbrook, to collect skate specimens (er, and farm animals) to unlock the coveted V.O.I.D. home planet as a playable world. (V.O.I.D., by the way, stands for Very Odd Imaginary Dimension, as you learn in a dialog sequence.) Fans of the original game will appreciate the main new mechanic, tractor beams, which are cones of purple light that temporarily levitate your skater in order to pull off even more impressive tricks. In fact, this new gravity-defying element to the gameplay also means you need to use this alien tech to stay on track, too, keeping the environment in mind.
The tractor beams add a new level of difficulty, and challenge, to the game, but it doesn't get discouraging. That said, expect many epic wipeouts. On a related note, the level design in VOID Riders is some of the best in the franchise, which challenges you to study what's coming next. You're almost simultaneously pulling off skateboarding tricks and surveying what's coming up in a second or two. Beating some of these over-the-top levels may be a little frustrating but worth the effort. As you complete levels and missions strewn throughout the unique levels, you'll earn new (alien-inspired) streetwear and gear, additional tricks, fresh emotes, and other sci-fi customizations. Simply put, OlliOlliWorld Expansion is worth the price of admission.
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