1 Jan 2004, ID#5847 What does SSX stand for?
I'm not in the mood to blabber on how good this game is...aw, why not.
The graphics are super-fast, the music is...er..come back to that later, it plays better than a monkey's arse on Nirvana, and is uber cool.
The boarders can often make annoying comments, but their selection of unlockable outfits (which are undeniably hip) really spice them up. Let's go back to basics. The game, seeking innovation, throws you on a big mountain with three peaks.
You start on the lowest peak, freeriding, looking for races, Slope Styles (Trick tournaments) and BIG challenges. Winning these gives you more cash which can be used to purchase new outfits, accesories, boards, and absolute tonnes of bonus material, which includes new boarders, photographs, action figures and art.
Win enough races and you'll go on to the next peak. It's possible to go from the top to bottom-a challenge that will take an experienced player about 30 mins to complete.
The game's flaws? Its poorly mixed tracks, which are very poor compared to the superior sounding SSX Tricky and its restricted, difficult BIG challenges. But, however, is the definite extreme sports game-joint first with Tony Hawk's Underground.
Graphics: Absolutely superb. Enough said. 95%
Sound: Good commentary and voices, some extremely annoying songs that make you want to mute the television. 69%
Gameplay: One notch away from perfection 96%
Lifespan: Minor flaws could shorten overall experience 87%
Overall: A great Extreme game. EA BIG is going from brilliant to better. 89%