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.
Conclusion: There are a handful of minor tweaks to the gameplay - - you no longer improve separate attributes of your characters, but rather speed and power are determined by your board. You can also choose to use skis as opposed to snowboards, but this doesn't really change much, other than adding new trick...
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: There are 135 challenges, almost 50 medals to be won, and twelve all-new tracks. The action takes place on a single mountain, but it is divided up into many different runs, many of which join together with other runs as you get further down the mountain.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: The biggest challenge faced when reinventing your brand is to not change so much as to disconnect from your previous customer base. Like Madonna, SSX on Tour seems more concerned about restyling its platinum coif than maintaining the appeal that attracted its fans in the first place.