Excerpt: The previous Amped games on the Xbox were predominantly steered towards a more simulation approach, that’s why we were surprised to find such an intuitive game with Amped 3. Does it steal SSX’s crown though? In fact the word “surprising” sums up the game in its entirety, there’s a zany story wrapped around proceedings for instance, and snowboarding seriousness soon becomes a thing of the past.
Conclusion: The first thing that many gamers will say is, “no Live, no buy.” While I feel your pain, simply discounting Amped 3 because of its limited Xbox Live support would be a mistake. The vast majority of the game is enjoyable enough that it proves to be a nice diversion from the rest of the Xbox 360 launch line-up. The story mode has plenty of depth and is fun to pass around with a group of friends.
Summary: Despite the fact that Amped 3 doesn’t have any multiplayer, or that the visuals aren’t exactly the best thing you will see on Xbox 360, it is still a very solid snowboarding game, and if you are getting tired of Tony Hawk, and don’t care about online modes, you will get a kick out of Amped 3’s humor, interesting, if not borrowed trick systems, and the vast slopes you can trick off of.
Pros: Funny sometimes, good trick system.
Cons: Visuals could be better, no multiplayer other than co-op.
Summary: Amped 3 is not a terrible game but it is worse than the previous two and that is predominantly down to the attempts to make the game appeal to a wider, more casual audience. It's still a decent enough snowboarding game but it's lost some of its quality in the transition and you're therefore better off going with SSX On Tour rather than this.
Summary: An improved graphics engine, varied
challenges, a non-linear approach plus a greater emphasis on tricks are just the
beginning for this sequel. 2K Sports' Amped 3 goes much further and loosens up
the formerly Microsoft-owned franchise with a more open-ended approach for the
Xbox 360. Playing the game is relatively straightforward, with mountains and
stages to unlock, along with the usual character upgrades.
Excerpt: Amped 3, an introduction. Amped and Amped 2 were great snowboarding games for the Xbox. To this day I still play Amped 2 (which I think was the better of the two) and I was thrilled to see a further Amped title for the launch of the Xbox 360. On its launch day one of the first games I put into the console was Amped 3 expecting something special. However, I was surprised to find the experience somewhat different from what I had expected.
Excerpt: I’ll admit to not being a huge extreme sports fan, but of all the ones going I like snowboarding the best (I should note I am talking about videogames, I can’t even dry-slope ski properly let alone snowboard). The last time I was really a fan of snowboarding games was back around the days of the Cool Boarders series. I had played the first Amped before going into this one, but only extensively enough to know that it was difficult.