SSX Is Back, But Is It Any Good?
To put it shortly, YES. SSX is back and better than ever.
For those of you that don’t know much about the series think of it kind of like Tony Hawk, on snow, with the craziness about 10 times of what you feel in a TH game.
The game has three major gameplay modes; World Tour, Explore, and Global Events. Let’s start with talking about World Tour. World Tour is basically the story mode of the game. It helps get you into the swing of things. There are three types of gameplay you learn about. Race it, Trick it, and Survive it (I will be discussing Trick it and Race it further in the “Explore” section). “Race it” is the racing mode of SSX (bet you wouln’t have guessed that). “Trick it” is where you go all out and try to post the highest trick score. And “Survive it” is a brand new mode for SSX.
The story is that SSX is trying to conquer the “Nine Deadly Descents” before their rival. Here you will find yourself using wingsuits to battle gravity, lights to battle darkness, armor to battle avalanches, and more. It brings a new interesting challenge to SSX. Some of these can be incredibly annoying due to their difficulty but you will feel inncredibly relieved if you stick to it and end up finishing them. You will also unlock characters on the way as each one is made for a specific descent.
Next is Explore mode. This is where it becomes incredibly useful to have some friends that also have the game. The less friends you have, the less fun you will get out of this mode. Here you will attempt to post the highest trick score, lowest race time, or longest total distance on deadly descents. If you have other friends with the game you will be notified via RiderNet that someone has posted a new score/time/distance on one of the 159 different drops (more for PS3 as of right now because Fiji is an exclusive location). When you post a score/time/distance it will show you how you stack up compared to the rest of your friends. In races you will find yourself trying different routes on the massive tracks just to shave off that extra second. You also might take a completely different route on the same track for trick events. You will need to mess with different characters, equipment, and mods in order to get or stay on top.
Global events are events that are constantly going on throughout the world. There are free events to start you off and get some easy money, and there are events that cost you over 1,000,000. There are events that last a week, and there are events that only last half an hour. Everytime you get on there will be different events going on that weren’t before. Find yourself in the Diamond, Platinum, or Gold brackets and you will be receiving a mojor payout. Find yourself in Silver and you will make pretty much what you spent. Bronze? Don’t get Bronze. But in free events even Bronzes will get you some extra dough.
Now you want to know what I’m not the biggest fan of in the game? The characters have been turned more realistic and along with that they have toned down all of their personalities. SSX characters used to be over-the-top. They would wear things no snowboarder ever would and constantly say random things. It’s not much of a complaint but I didn’t find myself laughing at characters like I always used to before. Also the game (after global events and through connections to your friends on RiderNet) asks you to add people to expand your network, but I’m not a fan of adding randoms so Explore mode is a smidge of what it should be for me. SSX knows full well that you need multiple friends to get the most out of the game so if you’re ok with randoms, be sure to send requests.
So in conclusion SSX is a great game and a great successor to the past SSX games. Even amongst all the other games that have/will come out at this time SSX deserves a look. Easily a candidate for most “fun” game of the year. 9.5 out of 10. (Seriously if you are a SSX fan or a fan of this genre it is hard to find any major faults.)