LGR – Extreme Rock Climbing – PC Game Review

LGR – Extreme Rock Climbing – PC Game Review


[theme music] [fizz, sip] Aahhh! I woke up in bed this morning, which is a good place to do that. I looked outside and thought, man,
I haven’t gone rock climbing in a really long time. I live in the mountains. I should do that. But then the sun came up and the idea quickly started to fade. And then I realized it would actually involve moving. Hmm, if only there were a video game
that I could go rock climbing virtually. Well, hey, what do you know? There is. It’s called Extreme Rock Climbing. By Head Games. If you are any sort of familiar… with cheap, stupid, bad, notoriously awful games from the ’90s, then you will be familiar with Head Games. They are the same company
that made such wondrous gems such as Extreme Bull Riding and Extreme PaintBrawl, which many sources refer to
as the worst game of all time. So Head Games has a bit of a reputation. But what about Extreme Rock Climbing? You don’t really see it anywhere. In fact, I’ve hardly ever seen it online. I bought this in Sam’s Club along
with Extreme Mountain Biking. A long time ago. I’ve since lost the box, so all I have is the CD. Enough from the faceless man behind the microphone. Let’s just get to the game. The game does in fact use a 3dfx renderer. So it’s a good thing I have a
Voodoo3 card installed on this computer. And you’ll notice the game is
actually sponsored by PowerBar. The maker of… PowerBars. [sexy music] This music is absolutely incredible. And then you have this voice: SOULFUL VOICE:
Practice Mode… Free Climb, baby… Capture that sweet little thang… Goin’ at it alone… Free– Practice Mode… Pick your pleasure… LGR:
It wins my award for the coolest
video game narrator of all time. There are quite a few walls to… climb. That are actually made of rock. Believe it or not. SOULFUL VOICE:
So who’s it gonna be… LGR:
You also have quite a few climbers to pick from and I don’t know why.
It doesn’t change the game at all. It just determines whose butt and back
you will be staring at the entire time. They have names and ages,
and for some reason astrological signs. I suppose that’s in case you want
to date one of these polygon models. First thing you’ll notice is how
freakin’ awesome the animation is. This is high class stuff right here. Alright, so the gameplay itself. Well how do I put this? Have you ever played any of the Tiger Woods games? Or pretty much any golf game since… ever? You use the mouse to pretty much click where you want to go, then you click once for the energy and you click again for the accuracy. And… that is it. There’s nothing else really to worry about. If you’re thinking this can get boring really fast, you would be perfectly correct. You can, however, spice up the game a little bit by keeping up with your heart rate, which is actually rather important
or you will fall off the wall. You also need to pay attention
to your grip strength meter. That will go down unless your
hands are properly chalked, or you haven’t eaten enough PowerBars. I kid you not, you have to eat PowerBars in order to progress. If you don’t, your heart rate will go way, way up. You’ll pretty much have a panic attack,
fall off the wall and die. Well, not really, you just kind of fall standing up and… you just stand there on the ground, looking like an idiot. You can also tack carabiners into the wall and thread your rope through it along the way, This provides sort of a checkpoint. I’m doing the free climb right now, I think. Where you pretty much have unlimited chalk, carabiners and PowerBars. Thank the heavens for those PowerBars. Honestly, without those, you could not climb at all. In fact, I’m surprised this person
can live at all without PowerBars. If it weren’t for those, she would probably just collapse in on herself, allowing the universe to collapse along with her. Eventually, you’ll make your way up the wall. It usually takes a while, while balancing out your grip and PowerBar munching sessions, as well as inserting those carabiners, which for some reason takes
approximately 15 seconds. And the animation is absolutely absurd. It just keeps going and going. I don’t know why it takes so long. The game is actually quite buggy, too. If you notice, there’s no music here.
Sometimes it just stops. It actually uses music audio tracks. Uh, Redbook audio straight off of the CD. So, sometimes they just don’t play. CLIMBER:
Oh, no! LGR:
If you fall, you get the most
realistic animation I’ve ever seen. And I’m getting tired of using sarcasm in this video. Once you finally make it up to the top of the wall, you get congratulated, and that’s about it. There’s nothing to unlock. No rewards. The rest of the game is just simple variations on that. One of my favorites here is Capture the Flag. Where you choose your wall and then choose your path in order to go up and capture the flags in no particular order. You also choose the equipment you’ll have. Which is rather important. I think they come in multiples of two or four. Or three, I’m not really sure. Once you reach a flag, in order to grab it, you will need to position it between your legs, right below your crotch. Apparently, rock climbers have evolved appendages just to grab flags off of mountain faces. You know, that’s fine. Who am I to judge? CLIMBER:
Consider it captured! LGR:
Also, I have no idea why the guy exclaims in the manner that he does. CLIMBER:
Consider it captured! LGR:
That is absolutely unnecessary. I will, indeed, consider it captured. Also, this music… I’m sorry but what in the world is going on? It seems like an entirely different type
of video game I should be playing. [sexy voice]
I’m gonna walk over to you. Oh, yeah… You know you’re gonna repel me… Repel me, baby… Oh, yeah… Another interesting part of the game is the Solo Climb where you don’t have anybody to belay There are no ropes. There are no nets. You just completely Cliffhanger this crap. I don’t think I’ve ever made it to the
top of any of these really big walls, but I really don’t care. Extreme Rock Climbing is just that. Rock climbing, minus the extreme. Okay, so that doesn’t make any sense. Is it a bad game? It’s not horrible. Is it a good game? It’s, it’s not really good. I don’t know. If you ever happen to run across it, I would pay… approximately five cents for it. Anything more and you’re getting ripped off. It’s not as bad as their paintball or bull riding games, but… well, that’s not saying much.

100 thoughts on “LGR – Extreme Rock Climbing – PC Game Review

  1. wtf, that's some creepy voice acting. As a rock climber I can't help but say that they're not using by any chance the right belaying technique: the belayer must be as close to the wall as possible for lead climbing. Btw, why the hell are some of the climbers using GLOVES? You can't climb with those on! They also make chalk useless, wtf were they thinking?

  2. theres a game called smite which is a 3rd person moba where all the heroes are historical gods. chang'e the taoist god of the moon has a skin where her rabbit is brown and has this smooth talkin black guy for his voice which sounds suspiciously similar to the practice mode guy

  3. Man your video and audio quality has gotten a lot better. 🙂 It's cool to look back and see your improvements.

  4. all that intro is missing is Beck singing behind it with maybe some electric guitar, a few tasty bars and man I'm head banging like a mad man to that beat. Very alternative. I like it.

  5. Including various models isn't so bad when you consider some fools will pay money for skins that do absolutely nothing.

  6. Extreme!
    Lack of gameplay.
    EXTREME!
    Meme filled narration.
    EXTREME!
    Product placement.
    EXTREME!
    Lack of polish.
    EXTREME!
    Lack of Paintbrawl.
    X-TREME!
    Signs of lousy sequels!
    XXTREME!!!
    Practice Mode!

  7. …why is the narrator portions only giving audio in one side of my headphones? I'm guessing you didn't convert a mono capture from the game to stereo for your vid?

  8. Ahh the mysterious origins of "Practice MOOde." And insights into the Xtreme Powerbar-Pocalypse.

    Truly a classic Episode of LGR.

    RIP 90's Xtreme-ity

  9. Watching this today for the first time gives an intersting glance of retroception. It showcases the relevance of a retro game while being almost retro itself for a YouTube vid.

  10. Who actually is the voice on the menu screen of this game? I want to see an interview and hear him talking normally. Is this him normal vouce.?

  11. I've watched so many of your videos and always wondered what the practice mode voice was referencing. Well I finally discovered the source! Who knew it was going to be from Head Games of all developers…probably the only good thing that came out of the extreme series was that deep seductive voice

  12. I should have been graduating high school when this came out, but I moved and a GED is way easier :p plus modern schooling is the worst way to teach people especially men.

  13. Can't believe this is 9 going on 10 years old. LGR's stuff is fine right now, but it'd be cool if he reviewed more terrible games.

  14. If you dig really far down, right to the very core of the internet, there's an LGR video there you still haven't seen.

  15. I actually liked the challenge of free solo. You get to go up on some intense rock faces, and just give er. I have now realized, that my desire to have power bars actually comes from this game! Crazy. I also have Extreme Mountain Biking, as well as Paint Brawl. I didn't mind Paint Brawl at all, and still play it from time to time, along with Top Shot. Fun nostalgia!

  16. I can't believe tomorrow is the 10 year anniversary of Practice Moooooooode. I love both your old and your new videos! Keep it up!

  17. maybe there should have been more socialising during develop.
    because I guess one of the dev's didn't get the memo that this is a rock climbing game not an X rated game.
    dev 1: "why does it sound like it's really turned on"
    dev 2: [sweating alot] "h. . . how would i know?"
    dev 1: "you did the voice"
    dev 2: oh. . . .hu. . . I forgot"

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