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Score:8.0 / 10
Itís hard to believe itís been more than 10
years since SSX was first released on the Playstation 2 and Xbox.
Several SSX titles were released on the last generation of consoles, but
the PS3 and Xbox 360 have yet to see any new games in the series until
now. SSX as itís called is a reboot of the series, but donít let the
word ďrebootĒ fool you though. SSX stays true to its roots by providing
an arcade like experience that is all about feeling a great sense of
speed and adrenaline carving down mountain peaks scattered throughout
The trick system is the heart of SSX. Regardless of what event your
playing, your character has a boost meter which gets filled up by
carrying out tricks. Tricks can
be carried out using the right analog stick
or face buttons. Iíve always been intimidated by extreme sports titles
as Iíve frequently found the trick systems difficult to master, but SSX
makes it easy and that is a breath of fresh air.
There are a total of seven global environments you can snowboard in.
Within each environment, there
are several peaks, each of which typically
has three types of events: Races, Trick and Survive It Challenges.
Survive It Challenges see you race down a mountain with the sole purpose
of making it to the bottom without dying. Each Survive It Challenge is
different as the hazards youíll encounter can include fallen trees,
avalanches, freezing temperatures and oxygen deprived environments. Some
of these challenges require specialized equipment including paragliding
suits, oxygen tanks and thermal suits to keep your character from
freezing to death. Equipment can be purchased using SSX Credits which
are obtained by doing well in various events.
When youíre playing SSX, youíre going to feel such an awesome sense of
speed that you rarely feel in a lot of other titles. Youíll be jumping
off massive cliffs at lightning speeds, paragliding over unforgiving
drops and grinding on man made and natural features in the environment.
There was never a time where I felt bored by SSX. The events are so
varied and each one feels like a new experience each time.
SSX is a very forgiving game. You can rewind time if your character
takes a wrong turn, wipes out, falls over an edge or if you simply wish
to redo a trick. In modes such as Survive It, there are limits to how
much you can use this feature, but itís one of the best features in SSX.
Without the rewind feature you would probably be ripping your hair out
during the Survive It Challenges. Iím thankful because I donít have much
hair to rip out.
SSX features a career mode with an actual
story, but the story is neither engaging nor interesting. Itís a
snowboarding game, I donít really need a reason to be going down the
worldís tallest peaks, Iím simply here to have fun and get an awesome
sense of speed.
The career mode is fun, but the real meat of SSX is its robust
multiplayer offerings. In Explore Mode all locales and events are
unlocked and you compete in different events with the sole purpose of
beating your friends scores and times.
Aside from the Explore Mode are Global Events. The Global Events are
special events on a particular mode and course that lasts for a set
period of time. Up for grabs is SSX Credits Prize money, Global Events
are open to the whole online community and depending on how you perform
you are placed in different brackets. The better you perform, the better
the bracket youíre placed in. The way the rewards are handled in Explore
Mode is truly innovative as the endgame is not simply achieving the
highest possible score on the leaderboards. One puzzling omission is the
inability to play with friends simultaneously on the same console or
I did run into some freezing/crashing issues during the loading screens
of the game. The most frequent crashes would occur when I would boot up
the game only to have the ďConnecting to ridernetĒ screen freeze.
SSX is a great reboot of the series. While the game has some
shortcomings, it does provide an amazing adrenaline rush and sense of
speed you rarely experience in other titles. Hopefully this is not the
last SSX title we see on the PS3.