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7 Tips For Success And A Reminder For Our OlliOlli 2 Competition

It's not too tricky.

You remember finger boards, right? The little skateboards for your fingers, that annoyed countless school teachers when they were a brief fad around the turn of the century? Well we’ve teamed up with Roll7 to give 10 of these away in our OlliOlli 2 high score challenge, as well as three t-shirts and a £10 PSN voucher.

All you need to do is load up OlliOlli 2 on your PS4 or PS Vita, which is free as part of this month’s PS+ Instant Game Collection, and set your best score on the third level, Career – Amateur 3. Once you’re happy with your score, take a screenshot of your entry on the leaderboard and tweet it to @thesixthaxis along with your TSA username (or email this to blair@thesixthaxis.com). For detailed instructions, head to the original post from last week.

Do that before Friday 20th March at 6pm GMT and you too could be as happy as Kris:


But I get the feeling that some people might be looking for a few hints and tips to give themselves a decent shot at winning. Some of these are obvious, others a little more subtle, and others are your basic motivational techniques.

Play further than the first five stages
Once you’re done with Olliwood, Roll7 start throwing the new tricks and tweaks in the game at you. Manuals come first, but then you have grind switching and manual reverts which will really boost that multiplier. Manual reverts in particular.

Create a pattern of play for the level
Aim to do the same or similar tricks each time and make sure you have a good variety in there, as repeated tricks are worth fewer points. I don’t know the tricks themselves, but instead try to simply cycle through the possibilities with modifiers and spins of the analogue stick.

Don’t stop
You might have scuffed the first landing or missed a crucial grind switch, but push onwards and complete the level, if you can. It’s no good finally getting the first half of the level to your satisfaction if you’ve forgotten how it ends and face plant instead of grinding!

Switch platforms
No, this isn’t a case of finding a secret route, but OlliOlli 2 is cross buy, meaning that if you’re having no luck with the diminutive sticks of the Vita you can switch to the PS4 and carry on there.

Try and try again, but take breaks
It’s simple, really. Take a break if things aren’t going your way, go do something else (either in game or in the real world) and don’t get frustrated. In fact, you could just give it a couple of goes when you have 5-10 minutes spare.

Turn off the music
It might be another great selection of tracks, but I felt that having the music in the background behind was messing up the timing on my manual reverts. But maybe that’s just in my imagination. Either way, you can adjust the music and SFX individually in the pause menu.

Post a score!
You’ve got to be in it to win it, as they say, and those entries that we do have a spread across a very wide range of scores. In other words, even if you think you can only manage a relatively low score, send it to us and you might surprise yourself.

With those hints and tips out of the way, all that’s left to do is with you all good luck in trying to win yourself a fancy pants OlliOlli 2 finger board and maybe even a little bit more!

  1. Carrot381
    Since: Dec 2013

    Have to say I found this competition an exercise in pure frustration. I had so many goes I split the rubber on my left thumbstick. I’ve just had to blag a new ds4 under warranty.

    Comment posted on 18/03/2015 at 15:16.
    • Lieutenant Fatman
      Since: Jul 2013

      Ouch unlucky, I think it’s one of those games that will do that. You don’t realise how much pressure you’re putting on the pad after so many attempts.

      Comment posted on 18/03/2015 at 19:46.
      • Stefan L
        Community Team
        Since: May 2009

        It’s more the heat generated from the friction of fast motions on the thumb stick softening the rubber so that it’s more prone to wearing away, I believe. Obviously, more pressure will increase that, but the rubber compound from early DS4s in particular seems to have a tendency to wear away.

        On the plus side, I believe that more recent DS4s have a different compound for the rubber.

        Comment posted on 19/03/2015 at 00:01.
    • Carrot381
      Since: Dec 2013

      On another plus side I now have a brand new ds4 to replace my old worn out one and for free.

      I’m pretending to myself that I won it in the competition :)

      Comment posted on 19/03/2015 at 08:29.
    • freezebug2
      Since: Dec 2008

      That right there is a feast of innuendo that Hattie would have been proud of! :P

      Comment posted on 19/03/2015 at 08:40.
  2. R1MJAW
    Since: May 2010

    I have a good score atm but I’ll probably wait until tomorrow to get my entry in as I may well manage a better run.

    Comment posted on 18/03/2015 at 16:10.
    • hunterstryfe
      Since: Feb 2009

      Your score makes me sick lol

      Comment posted on 18/03/2015 at 17:37.
    • Stefan L
      Community Team
      Since: May 2009

      You can bank it and send us another tweet if you improve.

      Comment posted on 18/03/2015 at 23:59.
  3. PoolieMike
    Since: Oct 2008

    I don’t even know what a good score is. I think I’m at 1.2m but that doesn’t seem very good to me.

    Comment posted on 18/03/2015 at 16:40.
    • hunterstryfe
      Since: Feb 2009

      Better than mine

      Comment posted on 18/03/2015 at 17:38.
    • Stefan L
      Community Team
      Since: May 2009

      Anywhere north of 1m is very respectable and I think as entries roll in tomorrow and Friday, might be in with a shout of a fingerboard… As per tip #7, make sure you’ve sent that to us as a banker score, at the very least!

      Comment posted on 18/03/2015 at 23:58.
      • PoolieMike
        Since: Oct 2008

        I posted it in the main thread as an imgur link :)

        Comment posted on 20/03/2015 at 22:37.
  4. Tuffcub
    On the naughty step.
    Since: Dec 2008

    I tried to play it. I failed miserably. Not for me.

    Comment posted on 18/03/2015 at 17:48.
    • psychobudgie
      Since: Nov 2009

      Solidarity comrade. I came, I saw, I played, I failed, I uninstalled! Woo!

      Comment posted on 19/03/2015 at 11:03.
  5. Lieutenant Fatman
    Since: Jul 2013

    I’ve been desperately trying to remain in the top 3 to bag a tshirt, but I reckon I won’t quite make it. Still, peaking at 3 million is pretty good I reckon!

    Comment posted on 18/03/2015 at 19:48.
  6. Deathpunchninja
    Since: Mar 2015

    Stefan- any word back on if you were able to pull some strings as far as shipping to the usa?

    Comment posted on 20/03/2015 at 22:19.
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