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.
Excerpt: Stoked is what you get if you strip away all of the superfluous features that serve as a distraction in other snowboarding games and offer some pure boarding action. There isn't a poorly constructed backstory to make you care about your rider, there are no super moves to unlock, and certainly no coins to collect as you glide down these open mountains.
Pros: Landing tricks is rewarding, Five real-life mountains and tons of different events, Great stream of incentives once you get your pro license, Crashes look painful
Cons: Earning the pro license takes far too long, Occasionally unpredictable physics
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.
Excerpt: Why do people snowboard? I know that I snowboard for the exhilarating rush of gliding down a mountain while breathing in the crisp air on a bright morning. Stoked strives to capture that sensation. It attempts to recreate the feel of just you and the mountain. As the game starts you create your own player; selecting out a few boards, boots, pants, shirts and hats. At the beginning you don’t have too many options but it still makes your rider your own.
Summary: Stoked has some problems, and they seem major, but you have to play the game to truly understand that they're not. Knowing what awaits you as you progress in the game, the satisfaction of achieving that trick on the 38th try, the feeling of going down that mountain...it's all worth the occasional fit of controller-throwing rage. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go beat Wolle on that Grab-Flip combo...