Excerpt: The original version of SSX was one of those games for me that sticks in my mind so much that I still remember exactly where I was when I first played it. It was in November, 2000, the millennium was in full swing and the PS2 was being released in 3 days time.
Excerpt: EA Sports has successfully revived NBA JAM. They have successfully revived NFL Blitz. Now they are on the path to revive SSX. Will it be successful? Oh yes, we get Tricky with our SSX review. The core of SSX is the snowboarding.
Excerpt: I tend to lump skateboarding and snowboarding games into the same category, not just because you stand on a board. You work your way along a long shallow learning curve in which your thumbs make cool things happen: flips, twists, booger grab reverse wind kickback hippie grinds.
Summary: Looking back, it’s hard to believe that 12 years have passed since the first SSX game was released as a launch title for the PlayStation 2. Since then, the gaming community has evolved quite a bit. Popular franchises have come and gone, with some notable revamps failing to catch ground.
Summary: SSX will continue to be hovering in my "currently playing" pile for a long time to come. EA Sports did themselves proud with this rebirth of the franchise and I look forward to perhaps some expansion in the future.
Excerpt: The SSX series was, at one time, one of the most popular alternative/extreme sports series around. Each game ultimately reviewed quite well, but the linear runs became quite old hat after awhile, and ultimately made the series irrelevant.
Excerpt: Most genres have several franchises that vie to be best in class, but with snowboarding games there is one indisputable king--SSX. Saturation caused players to turn the cold shoulder to extreme sports games last console generation, but now five years since its last release, can SSX thaw that...
Summary: EA Sports has itself one expertly designed and well put together game with SSX. The huge, multi-path runs and silky smooth controls more than offset any minor stumbles.
Pros: SSX is still the best extreme snowboarding game on the planet, New control mechanics work very well, and classic controls are still available, Merit-based multiplayer keeps things competitive even when your friends aren't online
Cons: The in-game store is neither explained nor designed very well, No good pre-event indicator of what to expect from a given run