Summary: The beloved SSX games of the last generation are still among the extreme sports genre's best, even today. So why has it taken this long for a true return to form? Back when EA's reboot of SSX was first unveiled as SSX: Deadly Descents , the reaction from fans wasn't particularly warm. I'm still not entirely sure how much of this was a perception issue, but regardless of how the finished game came to be, it's certainly an extension of what made past installments so great.
Excerpt: SSX is a franchise that first hit the powder when extreme sports were just coming into their own. The X-Games were all the rage and Tony Hawk had his name on one of the most successful video game franchises in existence. Those days have come and gone. Tony Hawk has given way to younger names, extreme sports games have become niche titles, and we had a winter nearly devoid of real snow.
Excerpt: SSX is worth playing, but there are warts to avoid. I hope that we get another entry in the series and that EA realizes it is the core mechanics and addition of asynchronous multiplayer that make it fun, not the hokey equipment-based events and rewind mechanics designed to make everything feel more dangerous. As it was released, SSX is good, but with a little editing, it could have been great.
Pros: Great sense of speed, RiderNet is fun here just like it was in
Cons: Deadly descents distract from the real fun of the title, equipment-based events are not fun
Excerpt: xI'm staring out the helicopter's door, the wind is whistling and the snow blisters my face. The pilot gives me the heads up and I push off, free-falling in whirlwind. Before I can even collect myself, my board hits the ground, as other racers begin to whizz past me and it's on again.
Summary: A reinvention of the classic action snowboarding franchise, SSX packs adrenaline into every run with compelling characters and heart-pumping adventures as riders battle the most treacherous and diverse mountain ranges on Earth.
Excerpt: After a five year hiatus the SSX series is back with a bang! This is the most ambitious SSX game yet with nine different locations represented, each with their own special dangers. It also takes a slightly different path to previous games, being a little more serious, a lot less forgiving and a little more competition oriented.