With its crazy and colorful universe, we already knew that OlliOlli World was on another planet. But with Void Riders DLC, it’s heading for the stratosphere! Foreigners land in Radlandia with the firm intention of finding valuable specimens. But of course, since it’s not going well in your head – that’s being a skateboarder – you give them a hand. Opportunity to take on new challenges in new areas. Come now, time for judgment.
- Test performed on PS5. OlliOlli World Void Riders is available on PC, Xbox, PlayStation and Switch.
OlliOlli World came to top speed earlier this year and marked a culmination of the eponymous series and its studio Roll 7. A lightning-fast side-scrolling skate game that once and for all reaffirmed its love of platform games and set aside the claim that had been its strength nonetheless In the past. In this third episode, therefore, OlliOlli has taken a really mainstream turn: more accessible gameplay, more identifiable / colorful universe, improved online mode, lots of elements to personalize the avatar. But the team also took the opportunity to add a host of new features, including secondary roads and stepping stones to drive in the other direction, from right to left. The DLC Void Riders therefore have the difficult task of expanding the field of possibilities on that side.
Void Riders, where is it?
To enjoy the Void Riders DLC in OlliOlli World, go to the “Burntock” area – the third in the game – and complete the “Route 666” mission. From there, a UFO will crash into the desert nearby. This will be the starting point for your new skateboarding adventure.
On another planet
So we start with the most important thing, the new gameplay. Or rather the news! In Void Riders, OlliOlli welcomes “Rayons Tracteurs”, rays of energy that allow your skater to gain height. To activate their precious power, it is imperative to perform a grip when crossing their lights (the mysteries of technology). The hero will then gain height without losing combination / speed. In other words, it is quite possible to link the rotations of the moon with this mechanism. A very good point. Especially since Grab depends on the right stick, while 90% of the tricks are linked to the left. Specifically, it all gives rise to interesting interactions thanks to an always excellent basic gameplay.
And besides, Tractor Rays does not come out of nowhere. For yes, in Void Riders, aliens have invaded the lands of Radlandia in search of skate experts. Below levels, therefore, it is not uncommon to see them suck up a whole lot of objects, forcing you to strike a track while the debris flows through the air. A welcome detail that clearly does not disturb the formula, but which brings a significant fresh breath. Thus, certain levels of Void Riders are frankly successful, especially the last zones that set their scene on the planet of aliens. We will not tell you more, but we were hooked on the artistic direction of the place (hello Morbius fans) with the added bonus of some great design ideas. The same for the new characters, who are always so original, funny, colorful.
OlliOlli World Void Riders – Session among UFOs (Gameplay)
From weightlessness to crashes
While we’re talking about levels, we know that Void Riders has 18 levels including 4 “bosses”, just like what the main adventure offers. As usual, the standard courses are validated as soon as you cross the finish line, with challenges to complete along the way to earn something to personalize your avatar (70 new items are included). Courses that are not all mandatory to advance in history, again as the basic OlliOlli World. But that is not the case with the bosses, who will put you in front of four challenges that are quite difficult due to the absence of a checkpoint. So yes, a test never hurts, but twice – a race against an alien and the grand finale – gave the pleasure of the game room for frustration due to a level design that required too much. You have to stick to it after all: these levels are mandatory.
All in all, these bad times ruin the party a bit. Because even though it’s a real pleasure to find OlliOlli World, whose sensations and speed are still exciting, we would not have said no to more content. Especially since the Void levels have not been integrated into Gnarvana Portal, a system that generates courses on command, and the adventure ends in about 2 hours in a straight line (double for a 100%). To get full we have to wait for the second addition of OlliOlli World, which has no release date at the moment. But to be patient, let us not ruin our pleasure. Void Riders is a more than enjoyable DLC. On your brands? Ready? Skate!
- Still solid gameplay
- Tractor beam, a good idea
- Some very good levels
- A universe always separate
- Really frustrating sometimes
- Lack of content
Despite two mandatory levels with a little too much difficulty and a slight lack of content, Void Riders marks a solid addition to the colorful and still crazy universe of OlliOlli World. It’s simple, the gameplay still holds up just as much, and the new features that come to embellish it are a pleasure to watch. Fans of the base game you can go there!
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