Excerpt: It’s been 2 years since the last SSX game from EA. Why did they skip 2004? I have no idea, but seeing the hype they’re creating for SSX On Tour they probably needed the extra 12 months to make one hell of a game that could top SSX 3.
Excerpt: The third game in the very accessible SSX series boasted some radical changes, which resulted in the culling of the fantastic tracks, and in their place was an expansive snow-covered mountain.
Excerpt: Electronic Arts’ SSX snowboarding franchise has won respect even from the ginormous publisher’s many detractors. And when the long awaited sequel to the game that started it all, 1080 on the N64, came out, people were forced to admit that it failed to hold a candle to SSX 3 in almost any respect.
Summary: SSX: On Tour is an excellent snowboarding, and now skiing, game and while it is not quite as good as the Amped series it offers a more arcade-style fun and is the best Snowboarding game you'll find on both PlayStation 2 and GameCube.
Excerpt: SSX on Tour is the fourth game in the series, and the first since 2003's SSX 3. Concentrating on a solid single-player experience, the development team dropped online play, but have succeeded in delivering a game that - while not all that different to previous games in the series - should please...
Conclusion: yet again. I wish that there was some newer substance rather than style, but even so the additions included in this game are worth a look for serious fans. Skis are probably here to stay, but I honestly have to say that I wouldn't be too heart broken if the sketchpad doodles went away.
Summary: SSX On Tour allows players to create their own boarder or skier and take them from a wannabe to a mountain rockstar. Players can get noticed in all-new shred challenges where they earn an invitation to The Tour where they'll face the best racers in the SSX cast.
Conclusion: Dammit, EA, I want my effing SSX game back. This is NOT the direction the series needed to head in, and I'm sure there had to be some dissenting parties in place up in Vancouver. Maybe next time you'll listen to them.
Excerpt: The skiing and snowboarding season is still well over a month away for most of the country, but that doesn't mean it's too warm to hit the slopes on your PlayStation 2. The SSX series has always been one of the premiere franchises on the system, but after three years and three games, it finally got...
Conclusion: The big sell in SSX 3 was the streaming technology used to create that game's seamless, one-mountain feel and to lay out courses that could last for nearly a full hour. SSX On Tour still takes place on a single mountain, and there are still plenty of lengthy courses, though the navigation is done...
Pros: Stunning new art style, Great sense of speed, Streamlined trick system, A licensed soundtrack with a little heart.
Cons: No online multiplayer, Somewhat unstable frame rate (GameCube only).