Excerpt: SSX is a very fun and stylish snowboarding game. Graphics, sound, and control are all great, and the gameplay is exciting and enjoyable. There are enough characters and levels to make the game last for a good couple of weeks. Add hundreds of tricks to perform and different routes to snowboard down and SSX becomes a classic snowboarding game.
Excerpt: SSX is probably THE BEST PS2 game at launch. While this extreme snowboard game from EA may not push the envelope with what the PS2 can do yet, it still does everything else right. With numerous tracks and options to choose from, any player can pick this game up and enjoy it.
Pros: Great sense of speed, Excellent arcade-type action, Fun for all
Excerpt: What makes a person strap a piece of fiberglass to his feet and careen down a mountainside? Probably the same thing that keeps me seated safely in front of my television playing a game based on that sport. Snowboarding is not for the timid. At its very core, its a sport for the daredevil—anyone willing to go to the edge to show-off his skill or test his mettle. For the rest of us, SSX is the next best thing to being there.
Excerpt: First off, let me say that SSX isn't exactly the killer-app that everyone makes it out to be. Like Dale, my experience with SSX also saw its highs and lows (and I'm not just talking about the slopes, either). At first, I too was blown away by the visuals, but I didn't initially see what was so great about the gameplay. It wasn't flawed by any stretch of the imagination, but there was nothing that really grabbed me and held on tight.
Excerpt: Wow , I said, as I ran down the first course. Wow , I said, as I ran through the human pinball machine course. Wow , I said, as I snowboarded on the glacier in Hawaii. To sum it up: wow . The graphics in this game are very, very nice. Every course has lush detail, from signs and trees, to simply interesting places to snowboard. You can tell at a quick glance just what sort of snow is ahead -- hardpack, soft powder, or whatever.
Excerpt: 2 players Memory Card Analog Control: Vibration function ESRB: Everyone Da Introduction: It's true what they say. If there's one game you must have for your PS2 this year, it's got to be SSX. The developers at EA Canada have delved into a genre already made popular by the likes of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, Boarder Zone and Cool Boarders, but rather than going for the same old game styles, they've added enough twists and turns in the originality department to truly amaze...
Conclusion: Better still is that the game’s audio is just as good. First and foremost there is the absolutely amazing soundtrack, handled by Mix Master Mike (of Beastie Boys fame) and Rahzel. Unlike so many other snowboarding titles that are inundated with electronic and punk music, SSX has incredible groove oriented tunes with a hip hop twist to them, numbers like Gin Sin, Slash Dot, and the SSX theme are truly exceptional pieces.
Conclusion: Simply put, if you own a PS2 and do not have a copy of this game, you might as well trade your PS2 for a standalone DVD player, because only non-gamers could possibly shun this game. Although snowboarding purists may dislike its unrealistic, arcade-like nature, SSX is by far the most entertaining snowboarding game available. Even if you hate snowboarding, SSX is the type of game any gamer can enjoy. A must-have snowboarding game from EA Sports?!? Who would have thunk it?
Excerpt: Think back to 1996. That was the year when snowboarding titles finally began to surface on the market.. and the very year when it we began seeing changes in the way people finally played "arctic sport titles". In the years prior to Cool Boarders, Sega, Namco and a handful of other companies had been releasing a series of Alpine racing titles in the arcades. While they were phenomenal hits in the arcades, they never made the full transition to the console medium.