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ETA: October 2005
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SSX On Tour
about the time the Playstation 2 hit the retail shelves; SSX hit the
slopes offering a cartoony and extreme snowboarding experience that won
a lot of critical acclaim and general popularity with the unwashed
masses. It was followed-up
with SSX Tricky a more sparkly and slick version of the SSX, with the
usual extras accounted for. SSX
3 dropped gamers on one big mountain to conquer, it featured a bigger
roster of characters, more unlockables and shortcuts, and a whole lotta
fun. As EA knows the value
of a good franchise, SSX will return this Fall with SSX On Tour.
you peruse the facts below, let me just plant this in your mind:
Tony Hawk’s Underground. Maybe
it doesn’t have anything to do with the facts so maybe you shouldn’t
be thinking about THUG. In
fact, don’t think about THUG:
breakneck speeds, catch huge air, and become an icon with SSX™
On Tour. Create a rider or skier and build a career as you progress
from a slope-side wannabe to a black-diamond-dominating rockstar.
Compete for medals or just tear up the massive new mountain, but make
sure you look good doing it because your reputation is always on the
line. Pull off jaw-dropping monster tricks to out-style your competitors
while hurtling down the slopes at supersonic speeds. You create the
hype—the hype creates a legend in SSX
on the critically acclaimed gameplay of the SSX
franchise, SSX On Tour features
all-new player customization that gives you the chance to join The Tour.
SSX On Tour is packed with all-new highly detailed tracks, new
stylish player customization options, new monster tricks, and
Develop Your Ego: Create your alter ego and join the world of SSX action. Define your style as a boarder or skier with tons of customizable assets including licensed equipment, hairstyles, and accessories.
Tour: Create a snow-slicing, gravity defying
mountain icon and climb the ranks of the circuit to become the
ultimate black-diamond rockstar.
Shred Challenges: Raise your status on the mountain by dominating
off-track races that reinvent the way you face off on the slopes. Once
you prove yourself in the shreds you’ll be ready for the first stop of
New Tracks: SSX On Tour brings you 12 new tracks to explore day or night. From crowded groomers to
powder fields, no detail is too small in this diverse environment as you
seamlessly explore all four unique sections of the mountain.
On Twin Tips: All-new skiing lets you create tricks in a unique way and
add another dimension to the racing gameplay.
Air and Monster Tricks: Defy gravity and throw
down the all-new Monster Tricks with a touch of the right analog stick.
The Culture Comes Alive: Experience life on the mountain like never before with fresh art, pumping music, grown-up bosses, and new Monsters of Metal and Style Blaster events.
on the facts provided, SSX On Tour looks like it will be mixing the
proven SSX formula with more role-playing and story elements along the
lines of Tony Hawk’s Underground series.
However, it fails to mention the return of SSX characters.
While I can applaud EA Canada’s strive to create a new
experience, some of what made SSX what it is are the crazy characters.
However, in a follow-up to the latest NBA Street ,for the
GameCube version it has been confirmed that Mario, Luigi, and Peach will
be playable (even if they probably won’t be customizable).
new direction for the series is the inclusion of skis.
While it probably won’t shake the gameplay at its core, it’s
encouraging progress. Now,
if they would include toboggans…
no music line-up announced as of yet, but knowing EA’s track record
with licensed soundtracks it’s almost a guarantee that it’ll feature
a mix of hip/hop, rock and pop tunes of varying quality.
SSX Tricky seems to be the pinnacle of the franchise’s music
line-up, with SSX 3 passable but ultimately forgettable.
I just hope someone at EA realizes we don’t play games for the
On Tour will shred onto retail shelves this October.
(August 30, 2005)