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SSX Review (PS3)



Ever since the days of Coolboarders I have been a huge fan of snowboarding and I consider myself quite the virtual pro even though I haven’t even seen a snowboard in my life.

The basis behind EA’s new remake of the SSX franchise are Trick It, Race It and Survive It. These are pretty much the fundamental game modes in the game and while they are pretty self-explanatory, they are a little more involved than that.

Trick It is for the gamers who want to do the tricks. Catching some big air off the ramps and doing different kinds of tricks will earn a huge amount of points. Stringing lots of combo tricks together will put a character into Tricky mode which will grant new tricks and also a really cool effect when landing that has the ability to off-set the other boarders. These tend to be the most difficult ones and to be honest, I struggled quite a lot with the Trick mountains.

Race It is pretty much straight forward and gamers will race their character down a mountain against three other riders to take the top spot.

Ever since the days of Coolboarders I have been a huge fan of snowboarding and I consider myself quite the virtual pro even though I haven’t even seen a snowboard in my life.

The basis behind EA’s new remake of the SSX franchise are Trick It, Race It and Survive It. These are pretty much the fundamental game modes in the game and while they are pretty self-explanatory, they are a little more involved than that.

Trick It is for the gamers who want to do the tricks. Catching some big air off the ramps and doing different kinds of tricks will earn a huge amount of points. Stringing lots of combo tricks together will put a character into Tricky mode which will grant new tricks and also a really cool effect when landing that has the ability to off-set the other boarders. These tend to be the most difficult ones and to be honest, I struggled quite a lot with the Trick mountains.

Race It is pretty much straight forward and gamers will race their character down a mountain against three other riders to take the top spot.

As is the standard rule with any EA Sports title, the soundtrack is pure quality and features a number of great bands and musicians that provide brilliant music for a mountain decent. The voice cast is also decent although there isn’t much voice to go by.

In terms of visual quality, the game does look really good and while there are some little errors in animation that occur every so often, most of the animations are great to look at. The tricks are also great to watch and it looks like they have been mapped out by real boarders.

There isn’t really a lot more to say about SSX. Everything in the game does exactly what it’s supposed to and gamers who enjoyed previous SSX games or even games from the Coolboarders series will thoroughly enjoy everything that the game has to offer. The real mountain ranges and high levels of customisation are good fun and while it may not be a game that can be constantly played due to the lack of direction, it’s great to pick up and play every now and then to get some snowboarding action because the game is exactly what it’s supposed to be. Fun.

SSX does a great job to revive the franchise and is a must for any gamer who enjoys snowboarding.

Score: 8/10

Rob 'GrIdL0cK' Clegg has been in the gaming industry for over 15 years and has competed in both local and international tournaments at the highest level. He is also a respected gaming critic as Telkom Do Gaming’s lead reviewer and co-host of the Bits and Bytes Radio Show on Tuks FM.

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