Reviews and Problems with Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding
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Olivier Masse, MobyGames
26 February 2004
Conclusion: This release title really showed, and still shows, what the Xbox is able to do. Hats go off to the programmers and level designers who have been able to make such detailed levels. Is this the result of clever tricks or am I just too used to older 3D games? I don't know, but this game sure blew me out of my socks. I couldn't stop watching it.
Pros: Well, simply put, the realism and graphics are great. Heck, if I can't see thousands of trees for miles ahead, then I must be turning blind or something -- the view is almost infinite. The frame rate being very high, you really feel like you're there, and nothing is left to your imagination. That's the best I've seen until now. Okay, I must say that I'm not such a gamer, even less with skiing games (the last one I played was in 2D), but nevertheless I was impressed a ...
Cons: Sound effects are limited. Especially the cameramen's voices -- it looks as if they only taped up one guy saying 50 or so lines, so it gets very repetitive over time and annoying. And unlike the music, you can't turn their voices off when you've had enough.
Conclusion: This game is realistic but many bugs and poor multi-player make it a good rent but I only own it because it came with my Xbox. Otherwise I would have never bought it. However hard core snowboarders will love this game.
Pros: The graphics in this game are awesome. The snow is very realistic. When you turn you throw snow everywhere! You can see a lot of details in most everything and the mountains are very different from one another. Some consisting of natural rocks and rails such as fallen trees and mounds of snow. Others consist of man made objects such as ramps, half-pipes, and metal rails. The multiple drop points give the mountains some replay value. As does the ability to earn new clo...
Cons: The multi-player is pathetic. Your stuck with taking turns on one player game modes just so the developer can say this game has multi-player. Also there are many bugs. I can't count the amount of times that I got my head stuck in a log or hit a rail and flipped around a couple times very very quickly only to land and get points for it! Lots of points. The many tricks the game promises are just combos which get you way to many points. In fact switching the type of grab...
Quite possibly the most fun AND realistic snowboarding game ever.
28 November 2001
Conclusion: As a regular snowboarder, this game makes all other snowboarding games pale in comparison. It's got an engrossing career mode, and a fun Instant Run mode. It's a great game all-around.
Pros: Let me start off by saying that Amped is the most fun, exciting, and realistic snowboarding game I have ever played. When compared to SSX and SSX Tricky, it's more fun. When compared to ESPN Snowboarding, it's more realistic. It's a masterpiece.
Cons: If I had to pick something, I'd have to say the difficulty. The high score and media challenges are fairly easy once you know how to properly link tricks.
Excerpt: I have never been snowboarding but know friends who have and also love watching it on TV when it's on. It does look great fun and this game is also pretty good and orginal. I think you will love it whether you are into this sport or not. The graphics are superb if I'm honest. They are very realistic like a photo and scenery looks like a real mountain top.
Excerpt: Amped is a snowboarding game in which you can play as a preset character or create your own. In the Career mode of the game you must ride courses and pull amazing tricks in order to become a famous snowboarder. Your stats go up in increments as you hit certain targets and you must increase the media awareness of you character by pulling sick tricks in front of reporters.
Excerpt: Amped is a Snowboarding game, now in its third incarnation. Now this is a good thing to know as poor games rarely get a sequel - this has had two later versions. But having been made curious, I was unwilling to pay the £40 for the newest version without checking that I liked the general gist of the game. So I found the original Amped in a second hand section of Game and thought I would give it a whirl. At only £5, what could I lose?
Excerpt: "Amped is a Snowboarding game, now in its third incarnation. Now this is a good thing to know as poor games rarely get a sequel - this has had two later versions. But having been made curious, I was unwilling to pay the £40 for the newest version without checking that I liked the general gist of the game. So I found the original Amped in a second hand section of Game and thought I would give it a whirl. At only £5, what could I lose? THE STORYLINE: You ...
Pros: Hard to complete - if you get into it, it will last you ages
Cons: Its hard to complete - you won't get into it and it will last 2 hours
Excerpt: "While Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding is visually impressive and loaded with options, its technical merits are drastically undermined by its shoddy gameplay. In the days of yore, snowboarding games were a niche genre that was traditionally only filled after the skateboarding, BMX, motocross, and other extreme sports games had already been released. But with the rising popularity of extreme sports in North America, snowboarding games have become almost ...
Excerpt: "...their snowboarding game...Then we got Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding, how can people not be excited for a fresh new snowboarding game other than the great SSX, i was definately excited..for one its actually for the X-box! So dont get me wrong i love SSX, but i wanted a game with a bit more realisim..not so driven by fantasy..i wanted to try next to the real thing, and this is probably the closest i'd probably ever get. The game take setting to ...
Excerpt: The Game -------------- Amped is a freestyle snowboarding game, where you can create your own character (or use a pre-set one) to try to execute flash moves to gain points and sponsorship (if you are in career mode), and to unlock new mountains and outfits. The scope of the game must be admired - the variety of styles and colours of the jackets featured alone are pretty extensive!