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.
Summary: SSX is the pure, unadulterated fun of snowboarding on steroids. The result is a wacky, insane, adrenaline-fuelled ride around some of the world's breathtaking snow-capped mountain ranges to savour a gem of a sporting game.
Pros: Insane stunts, Diverse, beautiful mountain tracks, Excellent soundtrack, Tons of fun, High replay value
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.
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.
Excerpt: Without question the standout title among the Playstation 2’s tepid release games back in 2000 was an unknown extreme snowboarding game dubbed SSX (an abbreviation for Snowboarding Super Cross). The first game to be released on EA’s mountain-dew pounding BIG label, SSX was a silky smooth snowboarding game that was quite the stranger to the laws of gravity, physics, and a general sense of self-preservation.
Pros: That’s pretty much the name of the game here. A few misguided design decisions aside,
Cons: Deadly Descents, rewind and equipment are frustrating an unnecessary. No true dedicated multiplayer competition between friends.
Excerpt: For most of us, it’s been a long and drawn out winter, perfect weather for hitting up your favorite local ski resort and getting in some last minute runs. If winter sports aren’t your thing, or you simply don’t know what “outside” means, have no fear because developers Electronic Arts Canada have brought some of the worlds most sought after locations straight to your living room with the latest in the SSX franchise.
Summary: SSX, the triumphant reboot of the last console generation’s beloved snowboarding franchise, is an exhilarating, over-the-top, and challenging ride to be had — and I’m confident that even those who normally dislike sports games will find this less-traditional action-sports venture to be downright fun.
Pros: Interactive soundtrack, Fast-paced, over-the-top action, Nostalgic for fans of the series
Cons: Tough World Tour mode, No traditional online play
Excerpt: I bet if I asked you to name three snowboarding games that have come out in the last ten or so years you’d be at a loss for words. I also bet that after reading that sentence, you tried, and failed. This is because since its release, SSX has reigned supreme over the genre, out shredding any competition and leaving them under an avalanche of fun and 1980’s hip-hop samples.