Conclusion: Amped 2 is a great game and my thumbs haven’t been this sore since Halo. The minute I started playing I was hooked and I quickly became driven to get to the top of the rankings and make my way through the various challenges and tests the game presents. Fans of the Tony Hawk and SSX series of trick based games will want to do the right thing and pick this title up as well.
Excerpt: The title of snowboard king is another gaming battle that is heating up of late. SSX 3 from EA, 1 080 Avalanche from the big N and Microsoft’s own Amped 2 are all up for the title this time around, and although SSX 3 has gotten off to a good start, there shouldn’t be any reason for Amped 2 to fall too far behind, especially when the original Amped was received so well by so many gamers. Amped 2 is not a small title.
Excerpt: 1-4 Players Custom Soundtrack System Link HDTV 16:9 Widescreen In Game Dolby Digital Content Download Online Multiplayer(2-8 players) Voice Friends Scoreboard Da Introduction There are two types of snowboarding games available for the Xbox. The first is the over the top arcadey style SSX series put out by EA and the other type is the more realistic styled Amped series which Microsoft has recently released the sequel for.
Summary: Microsoft's hit snowboarding franchise for
the Xbox is back and better than ever. Amped 2 builds on the main elements of
the original with smoother controls, a deeper tricks system and, vastly improved
graphics. Amped 2's career mode is also much deeper and more challenging with
many new challenges for players to beat and much more unlockable content.
Excerpt: Although I've never actually snowboarded in my life, thanks to Amped 2 I can now get sick Canadian bacon air with the best of them—and I have the calluses to prove it. I have twinges that feel like the equivalent of shin splints along my arms, a lingering ache in both hands, and a red mark on the side of my left thumb from working the analog stick that controls the left/right movements and acceleration of the snowboarder.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Snowboarding aficionados looking for the virtual replica akin to that offered skateboarders by Tony Hawk's series are out of luck. Still, Microsoft has updated its Xbox launch title with online play and some new gameplay that should make an update worthwhile. Just don't expect to lose yourself for weeks on end in this one.
Excerpt: In the 2003 follow up to the smash hit Amped, Microsoft Game Studios has followed the Activision approach to the extreme sport genre � take what worked and tweak it to make it that much better.
Excerpt: Yet right from the start it’s apparent that development effort went not into looking cool, but into the raw game play mechanics as well. As Miyamoto always preaches: control is the most important thing and it’s something that Amped 2 nails head on. The feeling of moving your snowboarder around the digital mountains is spot on. It’s a little odd, but the right analog stick is used for grabs.
Excerpt: Much has been written and said about the virtual battle of wills that Microsoft and EA have engaged in over the past few years. As one of the biggest dogs on the block barking over servers, online services, and all things sports, Microsoft Game Studios has taken on what many would call the unenviable task of going head-to-head and title for title with EA Sports.