Reviews and Problems with Shaun White Snowboarding
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I Need An Airlift Out Of Here
22 September 2009
Conclusion: Concept: Let players run wild on entire mountains filled with runs and events to plunder for points, medals, money, and glory
Graphics: The game stutters occasionally, but it mostly runs smooth and has a crisp art style that pops
Sound: The soundtrack is about all you're going to care to hear
Playability: The speed tuck function would be better served if it wasn't on the left analog.
Excerpt: Snowboarding used to be all the rage in video games. Cool Boarders on the original PlayStation and 1080 on the N64 were both must own titles for their respective platforms, and later SSX proved that people couldn't get enough of insane jumps and ridiculous tricks. Then, along came Amped to show that a sim approach could work and the third game in the series made for a solid Xbox 360 launch title.
Excerpt: Shaun White Snowboarding is the snowboarding equivalent of Skate , or at least it tries to be. Other times, it tries to bring something new to the extreme sports genre, namely a platformer-like collect-a-thon. Although the new elements show a conscious effort to create something new from the developers, they aren't able to pull it off. The absolute best part of Shaun White Snowboarding is the presentation.
Conclusion: At the age of 22, Shaun White has a long time ahead of him to increase his infamy and notoriety so there’s bound to be time for his first video game franchise to grow into something beautiful. It’s yet to be known if Ubisoft is going to continue to pursue this series in the future or any other titles in the sports market, but we can only hope that they don’t give up after this lackluster snowboarding game.
Summary: Shaun White dominates snowboarding competitions on the real slopes, but it will be a cold day in hell before he does the same for video games with this disappointing mess of shallow controls, ugly graphics, boring missions, and poor game design. While the mountains feature some of the best level designs in winter sports games to date and it's a blast to share the experience with friends online, the simplistic, uninspired controls fail to compensate for the price of the...
Excerpt: Any serious boarder will tell you that snowboarding is more about lifestyle than it is about sport. Any gamer will tell you that good snowboarding games are more about fun than about lifestyle…and this is where Shaun White Snowboarding (SWS) misses the slopes.
Excerpt: The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Shaun White Snowboarding are lifeless. It's not a bad game; it's playable. But like a fully loaded new Buick, the game isn't exciting, and it's also slow, clunky and aimless. The first sign that things might be bland is that the game abruptly whirls you onto the mountain with little to no explanation as to what's going on.
Summary: Shaun White Snowboarding, powered by the Assassin's Creed engine, allows players to enter a world of total freedom, where they can create their own experience and choose how, where, and with whom they want to ride.
Excerpt: Considering their apparent focus on the outlandish, extreme sports games have real a knack for delivering rather dull experiences. Perhaps faster than in any other field of gaming, innovation is quickly mimicked and diluted by pretenders, and spread thinly across the increasing number of bone breaking pastimes that litter the backdrop of mindless pop-punk music videos so beloved by MTV.