Excerpt: This well made and little known snowboarding game is probably the most realistic and surprisingly entertaining games that has graced the world of console gaming in a long time. At its heart, Stoked is an adrenaline pumping snowboard game that allows gamers to display their prowess on the snow and of course pull off a variety of tricks that would make Tony Hawke proud.
Summary: When you land face-first into a bank of snow, the only thing you can do is get back up and try it again. Stoked regularly throws obstacles in your way, but persevering through them is worth it. Even with its problematic jibbing and inconsistent trick detection, I had a lot of fun with this title. The size and flow of the mountains, along with the passive challenges, makes it easy to get into the groove.
Conclusion: Concept: Mix Skate and Amped into a big mountain snowboard title
Graphics: Average overall, with goofy looking character models but great draw distance
Sound: Huge, diverse soundtrack full of indie bands
Playability: The controls are a step in the right direction, but the user interface is inconsistent
Entertainment: Average implementation, but a fun game that offers a ton of challenges.
Summary: Parents need to know that there are few worries regarding kids playing this game. If blatant consumerism (in the form of sponsorships and the promise of more and better gear for your boarder) is a concern, then you may want to reserve this game for players who can put such issues into mature perspective. There are also a few songs on the soundtrack that reference drugs, violence, and sex. Music can be turned off or, users can chose to substitue their own music.
Excerpt: The snowboarding genre is one that hasn’t seen a great deal of love. Cool Boarders started a trend by being solid, and then every man and his dog has snowboarding on the brain. Fast forward, and the heat has died down, leaving currently only the very solid Shaun White Snowboarding, and Amped 3 – which is a tad long in the tooth, now. So, it’s about time that we had another to heat up the competition somewhat.